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] .

Please RSVP for Parent’s Night Out in Faith Hall

Five children are registered for the babysitting evening to be held in Faith Hall on April 28th from 5-8pm. Adults from our church family are ready to spend a fun evening with them. If you have had, or will have, a child baptized at Zion in 2015, 2016, 2017 or this year,  and would like…

2018 Youth Gathering Update!

        2018 Youth Gathering Update! The mission projects associated with the youth participation in the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering have been distributed and are being evaluated. More information about the projects and how you can support the youth will be forthcoming in the May edition of the LVL Newsletter. Thanks for your…

Faith, Hope & Love: Building Safer & More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ Youth

Zion Lutheran Church was represented by Emily Rochotte at the New Jersey Synod sponsored event “Faith, Hope & Love: Building Safer & More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ Youth” at St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Windsor on March 17. Attended by congregational leaders of all ages, seminary students, and youth, attendants participated in discussions, workshops…

Get Your Game Face On ~

Vacation Bible School is Coming! The weather might not say summer is on the horizon, but the calendar does! Join us July 16-20 for “Game On: Gearing up For Life’s Big Game” as children and volunteers experience God’s presence in our everyday lives. Whether you can volunteer all week or a couple hours one day, there is…