Middle School MinistryWelcome to the Middle School Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church.
CrossWalk Wednesdays is a weeknight ministry for families, children, youth and adults. CrossWalk is a place where kids, youth, adults and families intersect with a growing, healthy relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Activities are offered for kids age 3-K, kids Grades 1-5, Confirmation for middle schoolers, Peer Ministry for high school youth, and Adult Education.
CrossWalk Middle School Ministry
The mission of CrossWalk Middle School Ministry is to empower, encourage, and prepare you and your child for a deep life of faith and active engagement in Zion Lutheran Church. Support and accountability are provided in this partnership, with shared expectations for Sunday worship, Wednesday night learning and small group, and fellowship gatherings. Youth will have the opportunity to explore the
Christian faith, ask tough questions, and see what it means to be a part of a faith community as preparation for their Affirmation of Baptism service.
Wednesdays 6:15-7:45 pm
Confirmation is an important milestone in your son or daughter’s faith journey that began at their baptism. It is our joy to partner with you in helping you fulfill the promises you made at baptism and help your child grow in their relationship with Jesus. The three years spent in confirmation classes are intended to continue the exploration of faith and the church so that students can make their affirmation of baptism in a statement of faith in the hope and trust that God will buy xenical orlistat continue to lead and guide them in all the aspects of their lives now and in the future.
CrossWalk Confirmation is grounded in the basics: weekly worship, worship involvement, weekly learning on Wednesday evenings, faith growth, and community and service. In addition, students are expected to attend a retreat in their 6th and 7th grade years and spend a week at Camp Wapo in June after their 8th grade year, and finally, participate in the Rite of Confirmation the Fall of their 9th grade year.
Weekly worship as a family is essential so that youth understand that their participation and involvement is vital to our whole faith community. Youth gain a better understanding of why we worship and conversations are sparked. Youth complete 16 worship notes throughout the year and are involved in worship leadership (as greeters, reader, acolyte, usher, or singing in the choir) during the year.
Middle School Faith Exploration: Sunday Mornings 10:00 am
In addition to CrossWalk Wednesday confirmation classes, middle school youth are invited to attend Middle School Faith Exploration on Sunday mornings during our Sunday school hour. During this time, we will dive deeper into how faith and daily life meet. We will explore tough faith & life questions, have some fun, and explore what a life of faith looks like.
For more information about Middle School Ministry at Zion download the Middle School Ministry Brochure by clicking on the link below or contact or contact Pastor Mike Rueckert at email@example.com.
What’s a Faith Milestone?
In Biblical days, stones were placed along a road to help mark a journey. As families of faith, it’s important to mark our faith journey, too! We do this by naming important events in our faith journeys, equipping ourselves for those events, blessing the participants and giving a symbol of remembrance for future reflection!
At Zion we celebrate four Milestones every year:
Commanded by Jesus, Holy Baptism is one of two Sacraments in the Lutheran Church. Through Baptism, we receive the gift of faith and the promise of God’s Spirit within us. A gift Bible and candle accompany baptisms.
2018 Classes: (Usually at 12:15 p.m.) January 14; March 4; May 13; July 8; September TBA.
Gift of Word
In addition to the infant/toddler Baptismal Bible, Zion provides a Story Bible to children at age 3, a full Bible at Grade 2, and a youth Bible at Grade 6. Children and parents also receive instruction for using their Bibles in church and at home.
Grade 2 Class: January 7 & 14 at 10 a.m. Grade 2 Presentation: January 14 at 11 a.m. Age 3 Class: September 23 at 10 a.m. Age 3 Presentation: September 23 at 11 a.m.
Instituted by Jesus, Holy Communion is one of two Sacraments in the Lutheran Church. Through Communion, we receive the gift of God’s forgiveness and grace. We practice open age communion at Zion; whenever your child is ready for communion they are welcome to the table.
Spring Classes: March 18 at 11 a.m. or March 21 at 5:30 p.m. Celebrated: March 29, April 1 or 8 (TBA) Fall Class: October 7 at 11 a.m. Celebrated: October 27/28 All Services.
Affirmation of Baptism
In Affirmation of Baptism, middle schoolers say “yes” to their baptism. They prepare in a three-year program called CrossWalkConfirmation, which features worship involvement, learning time, community involvement and service. Participants attend retreats in Grades 6 and 7, spend a week at Camp Wapo after Grade 8, and affirm their baptism in a service the fall of Grade 9.
Classes: CrossWalk Confirmation Wednesday evenings Sept-April Celebrated: September 16, 2018.
Middle School Ministry Announcements
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.
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 www.campwapo.org for more information.
What is the National Youth Gathering? What is the purpose of it? These are common questions.
All Announcements for Children, Youth & Family
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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.read more
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!read more
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.read more
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!read more
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 www.campwapo.org for more information.read more
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.read more
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!read more
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.read more
What is the National Youth Gathering? What is the purpose of it? These are common questions.read more
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.read more