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] .

Scout Sunday is February 25th

Zion’s charter pack, Cub Scout Pack 136 will participate in services on Sunday, February 25th. Scouts may participate at either the 8:00 or 9:15 service, and all scouts, as well as past scouts and leaders, are encouraged to participate and wear their uniforms.  For more information,  please contact Melissa Brobst at [email protected]  

Sunday School Bells

As a special treat, the Sunday School students will be ringing the bells at the beginning of the 9:15 am service on February 11th during the opening and children’s song. Bell ringing is open to all age groups, any children who do not want to ring could watch or sing along. There are 14 small bells for younger/smaller people, and 7 bells which are…

FIRST COMMUNION Class This Coming Saturday

The second of our First Communion classes for fifth graders will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 10th. Parents are also invited and urged to attend. The congregation will then welcome these students to the sacrament with a special ceremony on Sunday, February 11th at our 9:15 am service. Please see Pastor Dan…


We look forward to seeing our Confirmation students next Wednesday, February 7th after school at 3:40 pm.  Our topic of conversation will be: Is believing in Jesus the only way to get to heaven?  If you would like to sign up to be the “second adult” during the confirmation classes, or can volunteer to bring snacks…