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 check your accounts to determine if you have Thrivent Choice Dollars remaining from 2018!  The last day to donate those dollars is March 31!  Zion is a designated recipient for the dollars, and Choice Dollars are used to help finance the Youth Gathering. Go to or call (800) 847-4836 to find out if…

YOUTH GROUP Sunday 3/17 6 PM

Youth Group will meet Sunday, March 17th at 6 PM in the youth room above the church front office. Friends are always welcome.


The Sunday School children packed 19 care packages during Sunday School in the Splash Room on Sunday, February 10th as part of our ongoing “Mission Project Ministry” Thanks to the generosity of the congregation, the care packages were chock full of great snacks and goodies for our college students, along with sweet notes from the…

CONGRATULATIONS to Zion’s own Julia Trethaway!!!!!

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD MEET OF CHAMPIONS Trethaway blows away field in 3,200 Rich Bevensee for the Star-Ledger West Morris junior Julia Trethaway had her eye on the school record book when she toed the starting line for the NJSIAA girls indoor track Meet of Champions 3,200 meters. But she wasn’t chasing a time. When…

Additional Components of Confirmation Curriculum

*Sunday School *3 Sermon Summaries spring 2019 (yellow sheets located in narthex) *Service Project (Pastor Ingrid will plan a group project, but individuals can also do a service project if they prefer) *Serve as worship leader (acolyte, usher, or Communion assistant)