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] .


It’s that time of year again where we start thinking about College Connection care packages. Please update the office with your child’s college address—we hate to leave anyone out! Additionally—let Laura Hamilton in the office know if there is anything “newsworthy” that we can share—internships, studying abroad, honors or awards for example. Also let us…

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Update

We received this letter in the office on December 20th: Dear Friends! This family received the presents from you. Tanya—9 years old, Kolya—6 years old, he is invalid, Angelina—3 years old. If (it) is possible you may send them the letter to (this) address: Tanya and Kolya Holomozy Sadova 22, Zabirya, Kyevo-Svyatoshynski rayon, Kyivska oblast,…

Upcoming Youth Events

Youth Group—Save the Date – We will be meeting in the youth room (upstairs above the church office) on Sunday, January 27th at 6pm. More information is forthcoming.  Winter Youth Assembly 2019 – February 8-10, 2019 The Winter Youth Assembly is New Jersey Synod’s annual senior high retreat held at Fairview Lake YMCA Camp. In the last 20 years over 3,000 young people have gathered…

Confirmation Instruction – Important Dates to Remember:

January 9—7:00 PM—Parent and Confirmand Meeting-Faith Hall March 5- Shrove Tuesday Supper and Mentor Night-Faith Hall March 5 to May 1- Lent-Easter Break June 5-Final Supper and Confirmation Mentor Night – Rehearsal June 9-Confirmation

2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Annual Shareholder Dinner

Please join Zion’s Senior youth for our 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Annual Shareholder Dinner Featuring: Appetizers, Caesar Salad, Roast Beef Carving Station, Baked Potato Bar, Vegetables and Rolls, Fabulous Desert! All served by Zion’s Youth Gathering Attendees, Free Wil donations accepted, suggested donation $25 per person. Reservations will be taken during coffee hours on January…