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] .

Thursday, June 24th,

we will take time to bless those who will be traveling to Houston and the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering and wish them Godspeed as they represent Zion Church in the national gathering of some 30,000 or so youth and adults. We will also be blessing the gifts and mission items that they will be taking…

“Blast Off For Books” Houston Literacy Campaign 

Zion’s 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering participants are still collecting new/gently used books for the Houston Literacy Campaign! Book donations and monetary donations will be accepted through early June in the bins located in the narthex. Money collected will be used to buy new books. You may pick up a listing of books being collected in…


Zion will honor its high school and college graduates during the worship service on June 17th. We hope to see all of graduates and their families that Sunday!  

Run For The Scouts!

Support Zion’s chartered pack, Cub Scout Pack 136, a member of the Patriots’ Path Council, on June 16, 2018 by participating in the inaugural Patriots’ Path 5k Run/ Walk at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater NJ. Follow this link to sign-up to run!    

Confirmation Recess

Confirmation instruction is suspended now for the summer months and will start up again on Wednesday, September 5th.  Confirmation instruction is offered to those in 7th and 8th grades in school, and to any others who would like to participate.  Pastor Dan will be contacting our incoming 7th graders and families this summer.  If you…