Family Ministry

Families play a vital role in the faith development of their children. When parents bring their children to be baptized, they make promises to raise their children in the Christian faith and teach their children about the Christian faith. At Zion, we seek to help equip households to be the center of faith develop, to support and equip parents to fulfill the promises made at their children’s baptism, and to help create a safe and supportive community for our families.

Welcome to Zion CYF Ministries

Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” – John 4:13-14

Have you ever stopped to think about how wondering water is? About 2/3 of the earth’s surface is covered with water and it is an element that can be both life giving and a destructive force in nature. We need to consume water in order to survive and yet it can be a power force as what we saw in last year’s hurricanes.

It’s no wonder that God uses water in scripture and in our faith lives. In the waters of baptism we are cleansed of our sins, claimed as a child of God, and made a member of the Body of Christ. Water and community are some themes that you are invited to explore as part of our summer ministries here at Zion. Water is our theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School June 11-14 and living together in community is the theme for Camp Wapo which we will have campers at June 17-24.

Vacation Bible School is just one of the camp week that we will be having at Zion and there is information on our Children’s Ministry webpage with more information about those camps. This summer we will also be having a group of 30 going to the National Youth Gathering in Houston and there will be much more going on this summer.

I invite you to explore our Children, Youth, and Family webpages to learn more about what is going on at Zion this summer and we hope you will join us this summer.

God bless,
Pastor Mike RueckertPastor of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries

Family Events (Family Ministry)

Family Events (Family Ministry)

Family Events at Zion

Throughout the year, Zion plans events for our families to play together, learn together, and build community together. Keep an eye on our website, E-Update, Life Together, and our CYF Newsletter for more information about these events. The following events are in the midst of being planned for the 2017-2018 school year.

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 – Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday Celebration


Frolic Play Group (Family Ministry)

Frolic Play Group (Family Ministry)

Frolic Parent-Child Play Group

Time to Frolic and play! Frolic is an early childhood ministry for children ages birth-5 and their caregivers. It is designed to strengthen parent-child relationships, support faith formation, and build community among parents.

Frolic meets every Tuesday from 9:30am-11:30am.



All Announcements for Children, Youth & Family

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30 Hour Famine and Youth Lock-in!

On April 20-21 there will be a lock-in for all 8th-12th graders! Hosted by Zion staff as well as an outreach team from Gustavus college, the event will incorporate the 30-Hour Famine challenge.

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Summer Day Camps

Mark Your Calendars NOW for Summer Fun! Splash in God’s Word VBS, Sports Camp, Green Lake Day Camp and Camp Create It! Registration is OPEN! Register by April 15 for early bird discounts!

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First Communion Class

A First Communion Class will be offered on March 21 at 5:30 p.m. We practice open communion at Zion. Parents, sign up your child when you feel they are ready.

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Youth Stock Sale!

On March 25, April 8 and April 15, the 25 students attending this year’s ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas will be selling stock to help fund their trip!

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Camp Wapo

The March 15 priority deadline for registration has passed but there are still spots open! Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis. Contact Camp Wapo at for more information.

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Summer Intern Openings

Zion is selecting interns to assist with summer programming.  Applicants should be young adult members of Zion who have completed at least one year of post-high school education.

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A Family Lent

Looking for a fun and easy way for you and your kids to learn about and celebrate Lent and Easter? Free activity books for both pre-readers and young readers are now available!

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Cinnamon Roll Sundays

Zion high school youth will be serving cinnamon rolls in the Cornerstone Café to raise money for their trip to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston.

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Kid City Sunday School

Join us for Kid City Sunday School from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Registration brochures are available at the front desk.

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