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] .


Parents of Sunday Schoolers are welcome to gather at 9:20 AM in Faith Hall for some coffee and Christian conversation after the Sunday School opening at 9:15 AM. Small children are welcome!

Rally Day Activities

On Rally Day, September 9th, we will begin our Fall through Spring schedule with two worship services at 8:00 am (contemporary) and 10:30 am (traditional). At both services on the 9th we will be doing some very special things! * We will be installing all Sunday School teachers and helpers (at the end of the…

Rally Day is Coming Up

Rally Day is September 9th! If you haven’t registered your child for Sunday School. Please pick-up a form in the Narthex and get it to Marie Strebel or Melissa Brobst.  

Spots are Still Available for New Programs at LVCNS

Long Valley Christian Nursery School is opening up a NEW 3 year old T/Th morning class for children who will be 3 years old by November 15, 2018.This is a great option for children who have a late summer birthday or just miss the cut off for a traditional threes class. Also, a NEW MWF afternoon…

Please Let Us Know Where Our Students Are…..

We would love to keep up with our “far-flung” college students! Parents – take a few moments and please let the office know our current college addresses and emails. If your student has moved on in the world, we’d like to know that too!  We don’t want anyone to miss out on the news from…