We believe that children are the future of the church, and very much a part of the life of Zion. Children are welcome at worship. We find that many of our young people enjoy sitting up front where they have a clear view of all the action, but there are pews set aside in the back of the sanctuary for families with small children if they prefer. Zion loves all of our children, and we are sure that your children will love Zion!
We are committed to helping your entire family grow. If you have a question not answered here, please contact Rhonda Rossi, Director of Youth and Family Ministry, at email@example.com.
In non-COVID times, Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Great Room at the Christian Education Building, one block behind the church. The address is 18 Miller Avenue. Currently, Sunday School classes are meeting online.
Yes! All are welcome to join at any time.
We use Lutheran curriculum from Augsburg Fortress.
Registration paperwork for 2021-22 will be available in August.
Please contact the church office at 908-439-2040 to speak to the pastor or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Families of all ages are the heart and soul of Zion. Special events for families are planned throughout the year. For more information, contact Rhonda Rossi, Director of Youth and Family Ministry, at email@example.com.
Online daily devotions provided by the alumni of Luther Seminary
Currently, Sunday School is meeting online at 9:30 a.m. Please contact the church office for the weekly Zoom link. In non-COVID times, Sunday School meets at the Christian Education Building (18 Miller Avenue) and runs September-May for children ages 3 through 6th grade. Both children and adults start the morning off in the Great Room singing a few of our favorite songs and being introduced to our lesson for the day. Children are then dismissed to their classes. Our 2021-22 registration form will be available in August.
Children at Zion celebrate receiving their first bible in third grade. There is a special 3-week class that culminates with a presentation to the congregation on the second Sunday in October.
First Communion classes begin on April 11th and run for five weeks. Children in 4th and 5th grades will learn the history of bread from the bible and how to make their own Communion bread. First Communion will be celebrated on May 16th, 2021.
VBS will be held June 28 – July 2, 2021. All children ages 3 through completion of 5th grade are invited to discover that they’re priceless to God. To keep everyone safe, we are planning to hold VBS outside. All CDC guidelines will be followed and there will be limited enrollment. The registration form will be available in April.
Vibrant Faith at Home is a valuable website for people of all ages – from couples to families to youth and adults. It focuses on faith formation/development through attention to four core practices: caring conversations, ritual and traditions, prayer, and serving others. The site offers a wide variety of activities and information to help parents feel prepared to lead their children in a life of faith.
Due to COVID we are not meeting in person. Ordinarily, we meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Christian Education Building for a time of coffee, conversation and fellowship. Please contact Rhonda Rossi, Director of Youth & Family Ministry, for more information.
Seasonal studies are offered during Lent and Advent. These include an opportunity to worship together, typically on Wednesday evenings.
Wednesdays Away is a time of spiritual renewal one Wednesday a month from September through June, held at Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center in Lebanon Township. Currently, all gatherings are virtual from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Zoom. Our time together includes prayer and conversation, led by a spiritual director and focusing on a different spiritual practice or theme each month. The cost is $10 per gathering. These monthly retreats are open to all people interested in exploring new faith practices. For more information on Wednesdays Away or to register, please visit the Cross Roads website at www.crossroadsretreat.com or you may contact Rhonda Rossi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women of Zion (WOZ) are a vibrant and wonderful part of Parish Life at Zion. WOZ organizes events around four categories -- Spiritual Life, Health, Arts & Crafts, and Fellowship. Please contact Debra Kaufman at email@example.com for more information about the Women of Zion.
A dinner group for all adults of the congregation. Restaurant Rovers typically meets a few times a year.
In non-COVID times, our lively group of retirees meets once a month for lunch at a local restaurant. All are invited!
For over 20 years, Zion Lutheran Church has supported Family Promise, the only organization to house and care for homeless families with children in Hunterdon County. It is perhaps the children who have touched us the most. In non-COVID times, Zion hosts these families for two two-week periods each year. Volunteers are needed to bring meals and to visit with guests. For more information, please contact Rebecca Melick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith Kitchen is a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover. In the spirit of caring and sharing, Faith Kitchen’s mission is to provide nutritious meals for the hungry in our community. Once a month, volunteers from Zion travel to Faith Kitchen to prepare and serve a meal to the Faith Kitchen guests. With COVID restrictions, we are instead preparing bag lunches and dropping them off as volunteers currently are not permitted to help on-site. Please contact Debra Kaufman at email@example.com to find out more.
Every year, millions of children die from preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and undernutrition. Hunger is still causing nearly half of deaths in children under 5 years old. From this data, we estimate at least 6,200 children die each day from causes related to undernutrition. Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) believes hope starts with food. As a Christian nonprofit, FMSC is dedicated to seeing every child whole in body and spirit. FMSC holds mobile pack events in communities around the country and relies on volunteers to hand-pack the meals. Donations given by churches and individuals fund the meal ingredients and the meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world. Zion has hosted three mobile pack events and plans to hold more in the future.
The mission of the Good News Home is to provide a comprehensive long and short-term residential substance abuse treatment program that offers a professional, faith-based, non-denominational approach, focusing on healing the total woman utilizing Christian 12-steps, addiction counseling, life skills and spiritual counseling to overcome chemical addiction, with integrated treatment as appropriate for clients who have been diagnosed with co-occurring mental disorders. Zion supports the Good News Home through our offerings, and we include the residents in worship & fellowship opportunities.
For over 20 years, Zion Lutheran Church has supported Family Promise, the only organization in Hunterdon County to house and care for homeless families with children. One way we do this is by hosting our annual Tag Sale. All proceeds from registration fees and from sale of donated items will go towards a scholarship fund to send children from Family Promise to summer camp at Cross Roads Camp in Lebanon Township. For more information, please contact Rebecca Melick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, we recognize both active duty and retired military personnel who are members and friends of Zion. Care packages are prepared by the Social Ministry committee from donations given by Zion members, and mailed to all active duty military. On the second Sunday in November we honor all those who serve, in recognition of Veterans Day.
Oldwick typically bustles with Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween. Many of these families park at Zion and use our lot as a meeting place. Zion’s Parish Life committee coordinates a group of volunteers to welcome the guests and offer water bottles, a small treat, and use of our facilities. This is a great way to serve our neighbors! Contact Shellie Evers at email@example.com if you are interested in helping out.
Sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, God’s Work Our Hands is an annual service opportunity for churches all across the United States each September. Zion participates by choosing a family-friendly project in which all can be involved.
Advent Parish Night is an event for the entire Zion family, young and old. We share a meal, complete a craft, and enjoy a time of worship and caroling. Advent Parish Night is a longtime tradition here at Zion. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Shellie Evers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Typically held on the Saturday of Easter weekend, the Egg Hunt is a time for families with young children to gather and enjoy fellowship together.