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] .

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Shareholder Dinner this saturday

Make your reservations for the 2018 Youth Gathering Roast Beef Shareholder Dinner NOW!  We are taking reservations for the dinner to be held on Saturday, January 20th.  Suggested donation is $25 per person for this fine, served meal, accompanied by appetizers, salad, dinner and dessert.  Bring a friend!  Payment not due until the evening of the…

Confirmation Classes This Wednesday 1/17

Confirmation instruction will take place after school on Wednesday, January 17th at 3:40 pm. Our topic of conversation is: If Jesus was God, why did he have to die? If you would like to sign up to be the “second adult” during the confirmation classes, or can volunteer to bring snacks email Pastor Dan at…

Long Valley Christian Nursery School registration

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is underway!  LVCNS has a new session of First Friends ( 2 1/2 -3 years old) which began January 4th, and Mommy and Me (19 months -2 1/2) beginning on January 16th. Both are great programs to gently introduce your child to school. There will be an “Open House” on January 18th at 9:45am for anyone…

Confirmation Classes Resume Next Wednesday

We hope our students enjoyed their long study break! Confirmation instruction will resume after school at  3:40 pm, Wednesday, January 3rd. Our topic of conversation is: Was Jesus of Nazareth God? If you would like to sign up to be the “second adult” during the confirmation classes, or can volunteer to bring snacks email Pastor Dan [email protected]