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] .


Friday March 8th from 7pm -11pm LVCNS will be hosting an Adult s only event. You do not have to have a student at LVCNS to attend. Invite your friends! Invitation and RSVP will be made available soon. You do not need to be present to win but you must pay the full event fee to…


Our 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Annual Shareholder Dinner fundraiser has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 4th. For questions please contact Jance Denzler at [email protected] or by phone at (908) 672-9747. Details will follow in upcoming publications.

Attention Youth and Parents of Youth

It’s that time of year again where we start thinking about College Connection care packages. Please update the office with your child’s college address—we hate to leave anyone out!  Additionally—let  Laura Hamilton in the office know if there is anything “newsworthy” that we can share. We need your help Zion celebrate and share in the…


Zion’s youth have been hard at work cleaning and painting the youth room and we are excited to have our first meeting in it Sunday tonight.  We are looking for congregation’s support to help us finish up the room by furnishing it with bean bag chairs and lamps. Donations of any amount are incredibly helpful….

Youth Group Sunday 1/27 Night

The Youth will meet in the new Youth Room upstairs in the Parish Center Offices at 6:00 PM on January 27th.  If you have any questions about youth activities, please contact Emily Rochotte at [email protected]