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] .


Parents of Sunday Schoolers

Please plan on attending the new Sunday School opening at 9:15 am in the Sanctuary with your children, as this is an important part of the Sunday school experience for our children and families. We invite you to join us in Faith Hall between services while your children are in Sunday school for “Christian Conversation…

SUNDAY SCHOOL LENTEN PROJECT

Our Sunday school students have been busy during Lent earning and donating change for their Heifer banks. We will collect their donations each week during the Sunday school opening at 9:15, and check our progress as a group toward adding animals to our Ark. As of last Sunday, the kids have already donated enough to…

Sunday School Service Day

Springtime “College Connection” care packages for about 25 of our college students will be packed by the Sunday Schoolers as part of a “Sunday School Service Day” on March 18th during the coffee hour after the 10:30 service. The Sunday School Classes will also be sponsoring the Coffee Hour on March 18th after the 10:30 worship service. We are in need of some treats for the coffee hour. Please donate by baking/buying any breakfast treats or fruit. Instructions for sign-ups through…

New Stress Management Sessions For Teens

Zion member Kiera Mitchell and Transformations From Within are hosting a workshop series on Stress Management for Teens which began March 1st. They meet at Zion Thursdays, through March 22nd. Middle School teens will meet from 4:30 to 6:00 pmand High School teens will meet from 6:15 to 7:45 pm. In this workshop series, our teens will learn about mindfulness-based stress reduction, meditation, yoga, eating healthy, as well as self-confidence, kindness…

Sunday School Lenten Project

Sunday school students received their Heifer Project banks and calendars this past Sunday. They will be very busy during Lent earning and donating change toward the goal of changing the lives of impoverished people around the world – a few animals at a time. We will collect their donations each week during the Sunday school opening, and check our progress as…