Youth Ministry

At Zion, we do not believe youth are the future of the church.  Instead, we believe youth are part of the church right now!  We know teenage years can be overwhelming for both youth and parents, and we want you to know you are not alone.  Together we experience God’s love and grace, and we go out to share what we know with the world.

We do have specific ministries for children and youth, but we also encourage youth and their families to get involved in the life of the congregation in whatever way fits – from Sunday school to choirs to service projects and more.  We hope that you feel at home with us!


Junior Youth Group (Grades 6-8) 

This is a lively group of youth who meet monthly for discussions, retreats, community service, and fun! Water floats down the river, lock-ins, scavenger hunts, softball games, and community service are just a few of the events that have taken place.

Senior Youth Group (Grades 9-12)

All high school youth are invited to join us for faith, fun, fellowship, service, and more.

2018 ELCA youth gathering

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

An important part of the Gathering’s ministry are the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), a faith formation and leadership development event primarily for youth of color, and the tAble, a gathering that gathers, blesses and empowers youth with disabilities.

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Any questions on youth activities in general? Call or text Jance Denzler at 908-672-9747, or email her at [email protected] .

Confirmation Class this Wednesday

Confirmation Instruction is this Wednesday, October 17th from 3:40 PM to 5:15 PM. Snacks will be served. The topic of discussion is: Why did Jesus go to Hell? If you would like to help the class, please talk to Pastor Dan about being a Wednesday afternoon “second adult” (only your “presence” is required).  See the…

We want to thank the VBS at the Zion Lutheran Church for the fantastic baskets that the children from the school put together. We were able to hand them out during our quarterly resident meeting and I can tell you that all the recipients were thrilled.  Besides our residents being seniors, they are also on…

Sunday, October 28th—Reformation Sunday/ 3rd Grade Bible Sunday—

THIRD GRADERS TO RECEIVE “CONNECT” BIBLES Each year Zion promotes the Christian education of its children through our Sunday school program with age-appropriate classes for pre-K through 8th grade.  As part of our dedication to our children, we present all third graders with a special “Connect” Bible.  These Bibles are in the NRSV translation and…

New Members Opportunity

There have been several individuals and couples who have expressed interest in joining Zion Church in recent times. Pastor Dan would like to offer those people and any others who might be interested information toward becoming a member here. He would like to schedule “New Members Classes” in the month of October. If you or…