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] .

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)

Wednesday Confirmation Classes have concluded

Confirmation classes have finished. The two snow days will be made up at Lenten Vespers on April 3rd and April 10th. Discovery Day and a service project will also take place this Spring.  

Thank You to the Youth From the Zion Eucharistic Team 

A special thank you to the Senior Youth Group for making lovely Valentine Cards which included some candy attached for all our shut-ins. We witnessed many smiles and thanks. Thanks to Emily Rochotte for inspiring this group to help others feel joy!  


A big thank you to the Sunday Schoolers who packed our College Connection Care packages this past Sunday, and to all who helped out and donated the goodies for the boxes. We mailed 20 boxes full of snacks and loves notes to our college kids to let them know we are thinking of them this…