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] .

Soccer Camp for kids

KickZSoccer will also be teaching soccer here at Zion this Fall on our newly refinished back field, Saturdays from September 8th through October 27th. For more information call (973) 270-7542 or visit  

Thank You from the Zion Youth

A special THANK YOU to EVERYONE at Zion.  Your support and kind words following our Youth Gathering Service has been absolutely overwhelming and appreciated more than words can say. We love you all! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING! Blanca, Brooklyn, John, Sarah, Emily N., Maddie, Alex, Emily R. and Jance

New LVCNS classes

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…


Pastor Dan has recently sent letters to the families of those who are of age to begin confirmation instruction this coming fall. Our incoming (first year) students should be entering seventh grade in September. If you did not receive a letter already and have a student entering the seventh grade, please contact the church office as soon…

College Connection Care Package

Here are a few great letters of appreciation from our students for their College Connection Care Packages.  Parents and students—please be sure to provide the office with Fall college addresses as soon as possible so that we can continue this wonderful tradition!   “Thank you for the wonderful college care package. I enjoyed all of…