We believe that children are not only the future of the church, but very much a part of the life of Zion today. Children are welcome at worship and will enjoy participating in Children’s Sermons. There are pews set aside in the back of the sanctuary for families with small children, but we find that many of our young people enjoy sitting up front where they have a clear view of all the action.
Sunday School runs throughout the school year for children ages 3 through 6th grade, from 9:45-10:45 Sunday mornings at the Christian Education Building (CEB). Both children and adults start the morning off singing a few of our favorite songs together during The Church Gathered. On the second Sunday of each month during Sunday School time, we have Family Worship at the CEB, which is a liturgical service designed specifically for families with children in mind. There are also special worship services for families during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Children at Zion celebrate First Communion in 4th grade, and Confirmation classes are in 7th and 8thgrade. 7th and 8th graders are invited to participate in many of the Youth of Zion events.
A very special experience for our children is Vacation Bible School, which is a week of fun, learning and worship in June.
Zion loves all of our children, and we are sure that your children will love Zion!
Our Youth of Zion has tons of fun on a daily basis. We have our normal youth group get-togethers every other Sunday night where we worship together, eat pizza, get closer as a group, and play sardines, dodgeball, and crab soccer. We have many different Youth Group activities for all different interests. YOZ decorates Easter eggs every year and helps put on an Easter egg hunt for the younger kids as well. We also host an annual pancake breakfast for the congregation to raise funds for our annual trip to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. YOZ has also participated in the CROP Hunger Walk, a walk to raise money to end hunger around us and around the world.
In addition, our youth has gone paintballing, had pool-parties, visited an indoor water park, and gone bowling! There’s something for everyone and we all do so much together that we feel like a family. We are always planning more events and excursions and have a lot of new stuff in store. So if you’re a teen in the Zion congregation, make sure to check out some of the many activities that YOZ has!
Zion’s council president, Bob Durham, often tells the story of when he and his wife were new members of Zion, they were invited to a Dinner Group and the hosts told them that they met many of their best friends in the church. Bob thought “Uh-oh”, but soon found that he was saying the same thing. In addition to Dinner Groups, other adult-focused fellowship opportunities include the monthly Lunch Bunch and annual adult-only pool party. The Women of Zion get together about once a month for a variety of activities including a very special weekend retreat each year, and the Men of Zion tackle manly projects like building a grilling station behind the Christian Education Building.
Are you beyond Confirmation, but still looking to learn and grow spiritually? Members of Zion are truly blessed by the wonderful teaching of Pastor Summer. Between services Sunday morning, head down to the Christian Education Building, grab a bagel and coffee at Café Zion, and join in conversation led by Pastor Summer. Pastor Summer leads the Book of Faith class on Wednesdays at noon in the CEB conference room. Once a month, Discipleship class meets for a meal and conversation in the homes of members.
You will find ample opportunities to serve as the hands and feet of Christ doing God’s work here at Zion. Worship services at Zion are enriched by laypeople serving as an Assistant Minister, lector, usher, greeter, or offering their musical gifts. Members live out their faith by volunteering to serve the homeless through the Interfaith Hospitality Network, caring for Zion’s three properties, and praying for our family and world through the Prayer Chain.