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] .

Blast off for Books

First of two Mission Projects “Blast Off For Books” Houston Literacy Campaign Consider helping Zion’s 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering participants as they collect new/gently used books for the Houston Literacy Campaign! See the attached pages for more details on the project, and the listing of books we are collecting. Our goal is for each of…

Zion will honor its high school and college graduates on June 17th. We would love to profile all of our graduates in the June edition of the LVL newsletter!  Please email the office with details of your high school or college-aged child’s graduation, honors, awards and future plans. We’d love updates on last year’s graduates…

National Day of Prayer for VBS is May 20th

To celebrate Zion’s upcoming Vacation Bible School, please pause for a moment on the National Day of Prayer for Vacation Bible School. Here are some specific prayer ideas you can share with your family. Ask for God’s blessing over your church’s VBS and all who will be involved. Pray for the teachers, volunteers, and workers who…

Parents’ Night Out

Saturday, April 28th, the Zion Church Council sponsored a babysitting evening. Families of recently baptized children,  and families attending Christian coffee and conversation who have preschool children were invited. The children enjoyed an evening of playground time, play dough, balls, trains and blocks while their parents had a child free evening to spend as they…


On Sunday, May 20th Zion Lutheran Church will celebrate Pentecost Sunday and the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Christ. We will also welcome that same Holy Spirit into our midst as ten of our youth “confirm” the baptismal promises of their parents and enter into “confirmed membership” in the congregation. The Rite…