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.

For more information, visit http://www.elca.org/YouthGathering

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


Thank you to the VBS participants

Thank-you! Thanks to all who participated in the VBS program this week—it was a smashing success! Special thanks to Emma Standing for coordinating the event, and to Renee Feldman for her assistance.  Also, thanks to all who contributed to the mission project.  60 adorable beautiful “lunch buckets” and 31 hero “Capes for Kids” will bless…

Office Help Needed During VBS

Laura Hamilton will be running the VBS Mission Project, so if you are able to help out in the office mornings the week of VBS by answering the phones ,etc. please let Laura know! Many thanks in advance.

VBS Starts Monday!

“Hero Central” is the theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School, June 26-30, 2017. Volunteers will meet Sunday, June 25th at 10:30am and end around 11:30am. Lunch will be served afterwards and room decorating/set-up will take place after lunch. If you have any questions about VBS, please contact Emma Standing at [email protected] or Renee Feldman…

ZION IS GOING HIGH TECH FOR OUR YOUTH!

Exciting new things are in the works for our Zion Youth. We have about 80 High School and College aged youth in our congregation! We are exploring new ideas to keep our High School and College Youth connected after Confirmation, and reconnect with those we don’t see often. We will be meeting the youth where…