Children & Youth
Sunday School for ages 3 through 8th grade is held each Sunday at 9:40 a.m. during the school year. 3-year-olds through 5th grade learn Bible stories through a rotation model of Sunday School. That means they work with the same Bible story for two weeks in a row and have a lot of hands-on fun and learning through workshops like cooking, Bible games and skills, and drama.
Middle schoolers (grades 6-8) gather together each Sunday morning at 9:40 in the youth room for faith conversation with a trusted adult leader.
Zion supports our Lutherans Outdoors Bible camps as an important milestone in the faith lives of our kids. In summer 2019, a group of elementary-age youth will attend camp together at NeSoDak Bible Camp.
Milestone Ministry recognizes faith milestones in the life of Zion Lutheran children and youth. Students are recognized for their learning by receiving a stone. Milestones include:
- Baptism and Recognition of Baptism
- 3-year-olds receive story Bibles to begin to learn and love God’s Word.
- 4-year-olds receive prayer pillows to help them learn to pray.
- 3rd-Graders receive a Bible
- 5th-Graders learn about the Sacrament of Holy Communion
- 6th-Graders learn about prayer.
- 10th-Graders are confirmed in April and receive prayer shawls at Confirmation.
- 12th-Graders are recognized on their high school graduation.
Middle School & High School
Middle School youth meet monthly during the school year for fellowship and activities on Sunday evenings.
High School youth meet monthly during the school year for fellowship and activities on Sunday evenings.
Youth also gather for special events and service opportunities.
Bible Camp, retreats, servant trips, and youth gatherings are also a part of youth programming. Zion Lutheran youth can register for camp as part of a group or attend individually.
In summer 2019, our middle school youth will head to Sioux Falls, SD, for a half-week servant trip, where they will serve alongside Church on the Street, a ministry to the unhoused community in Sioux Falls.
Every 3 years the ELCA holds a youth gathering for youth from across the United States. Zion Lutheran youth have attended the Youth Gathering for many years. Various fundraisers are held to cover the costs of attending. The next gathering will be in Minneapolis in 2021, and we are already making plans to be there!