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] .

Confirmands to Travel to Crossroads for “Low Ropes” this Saturday

Our Confirmands will travel this coming Saturday afternoon, August 26th to Crossroads Camp and Retreat Center to do some team building in preparation for our coming year of confirmation instruction. We are scheduled to be there at 1:30 pm and will leave Zion at 1:10 pm and will return to the church around 3:45 pm for snacks and discussion. Confirmands: If you haven’t communicated to Pastor Dan whether you will…


There will be a meeting on Wednesday, August 30th at 7pm in Faith Hall for all high school students and families interested in attending the 2018 Youth Gathering in Houston. We will be talking about registration, cost, time lines and planning for the upcoming Houston gathering. Registration is in less than ONE MONTH!  If you…

Help Us All Stay Connected to Our Youth!

If you have pictures of your college student’s “move-in day”, or any photos of our youth doing interesting things over the summer you’d like to share, please forward them to the office. We’d love to share them in the LVL newsletter! We’d also like to know what our new graduates are up to in the…

Nursery Care

Nursery care will now be available for both the 8:00 and 9:15 services.  We hope this makes it easier for parents of Sunday School and young children to join us for services each week. Please look to the weekly Happenings emails for more information to come.