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] .

First Communion

First Communion Zion has a tradition of having children receive First Communion during worship on Transfiguration Sunday, which is March 3rd. Pastor Ingrid will teach the children 2 sessions during Sunday School, and include parents in the 2nd one. Sunday, February 24 th 9:15am – 10:10am  – Students will Gather in the Sanctuary for Sunday…

College Connection Sunday 2/10

The Sunday school will be packing College Connection care packages during Sunday School in Fields Hall on Sunday, February 10th. Donations of: granola bars, chips, cookies, gum, candy, small stuffed animals, and anything else you think a college kid might like can be placed in the Narthex in the bin marked “College Connection”. Please bring…

Confirmation Classes this wednesday

Confirmation classes will meet Wednesday, February 6th in Faith Hall at 3:40 PM. The group is engaging in a six-week study of the Apostles’ Creed.  


Friday March 8th from 7pm -11pm LVCNS will be hosting an Adult s only event. You do not have to have a student at LVCNS to attend. Invite your friends! Invitation and RSVP will be made available soon. You do not need to be present to win but you must pay the full event fee to…


Our 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Annual Shareholder Dinner fundraiser has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 4th. For questions please contact Jance Denzler at [email protected] or by phone at (908) 672-9747. Details will follow in upcoming publications.