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] .

Rally Day Is this Sunday!

Sunday School will resume on Rally Day, September 9th. Parents and students should meet at 9:15 AM for the opening in the Sanctuary. We will be installing all Sunday school teachers and helpers (at the end of the 8 am service and at the beginning of the 10:30 am service). We will also be offering…

Zion recently obtained the collection of music used by the New Jersey Children’s Choir.  The former director generously donated 17 years worth of professional choir repertoire to help rebuild a youth and children’s program here.  The music was used for various age groups and skill levels, grades K to 12, from beginners to audition only…


There will be an orientation meeting for confirmation students and parents on Wednesday, September 5th at 7:00 pm. Curriculum, schedules, responsibilities and opportunities will be outlined that evening. The meeting is for both first and second year students. Please make every effort to attend. Confirmation instruction will then begin with weekly sessions on Wednesday afternoons…

All of the wonderful bags and baskets prepared by our VBS participants have been delivered! The “stress” bags were delivered to Trinity Church in Dover  for distribution to the homeless who frequent the daily meal distribution.  The baskets and buckets of supplies were delivered to the Lutheran Social Services senior housing complex in Mount Olive—Mount…

Crossroads Gian Church Picnic

Brooklyn and John Zeier, Emily Rochotte and Maddie  Bataille at the Crossroads Giant Church Picnic on August 18th.