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] .


Confirmands Important Dates to Remember:

November 28-Congregational Supper and Mentor NightNovember 28 to January 9- Advent-Christmas Break March 5- Shrove Tuesday Supper and Mentor NightMarch 5 to May 1- Lent-Easter BreakJune 5-Final Supper and Confirmation Mentor Night – RehearsalJune 9-Confirmation

Confirmation Instruction Topics for November

November 7-Do cremated people go to heaven? November 14–What does it mean to be “born again”? November 21– Can you accept science and believe in God? November 28– Mentor Night—No Insruction

Confirmation-Mentor Night and Community Supper

      On Wednesday evening, November 28th, we will have the opportunity to “break bread” together with our first “Confirmation-Mentor” night of the program year!  (See above!) Following the meal, the community is invited to stay and visit while our confirmands and their mentors move across to Field’s Hall for conversations directed by the pastor. The…

Confirmation Class next Wednesday

Confirmation Instruction is this Wednesday, November 7th from 3:40 PM to 5:15 PM. Snacks will be served. The topic of discussion is: Do cremated people go to Heaven? If you would like to help the class, please talk to Pastor Dan about being a Wednesday afternoon “second adult” (only your “presence” is required).  

Confirmation Class this Wednesday

Confirmation Instruction is this Wednesday, October 31st from 3:40 PM to 5:15 PM. Snacks will be served. The topic of discussion is: Why do we say we believe in “the holy catholic church”? If you would like to help the class, please talk to Pastor Dan about being a Wednesday afternoon “second adult” (only your…