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] .

Long Valley Christian Nursery School Tricky Tray

The LVCNS is offering advertising in the “Tricky Tray” fundraiser program to friends and families who own or run their own family businesses. For more information, please contact the preschool.  


It’s not too late to order and dedicate poinsettias for the altar this Christmas season!  We have ordered 60 poinsettias for the altar, but have only received orders and dedications for 47. If you would like to place an order, please fill out the red order form in the Narthex, or contact Laura in the…

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Shareholder Dinner

Mark Your Calendars! Saturday, January 20th at 5PM. Dinner will be served by Zion’s 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering attendees, and will  feature appetizers, caesar salad, a roast beef carving station, a baked potato bar, vegetables, rolls and a fabulous dessert! “Free Will” donations will be accepted, suggested donation $25 per person. Reservations will be taken…

Christmas Pageant/Congregational Dinner 12/10

Please join us Sunday 12/10 at 4 PM to watch the Sunday School Christmas Pageant . The title of this year’s Christmas Pageant is “Christmas is Canceled”.  The players will need to be at the church by 3:30 pm. We invite you to stay after the play and enjoy a Pot-Luck Supper in Faith Hall. Sign-up sheets are located…

College Connection update

Thanks to all who contributed to the filling and packaging of our College Connection care packages. Zion will make the day of 24 Zion college students and one who is serving in the military – all of whom are away from home! Special thanks to Lori Prussack, and Kerri Bataille for all their efforts. Our…