Middle School Ministry

Welcome to the Middle School Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church.

CrossWalk Wednesdays

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.

CrossWalk Confirmation

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 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.

Download: 2017-2018 CrossWalk Confirmation Calendar 

Weekly Worship 

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 mrueckert@zionanoa.org.

Middle School Ministry Announcements

Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children

Pack Meals for Feed My Starving Children. We have a block of 60 spots reserved to pack meals with Feed My Starving Children at their Coon Rapids location on Friday, October 27 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. This packing event is open to 6th-8th graders in Confirmation as a way...

Reformation 500 Book Fair

Reformation 500 Book Fair

Sunday, October 22 | Lower Commons | To commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Zion invites you to explore how the Reformation continues to impact the church in the writing and teachings of Martin Luther. Books will be on display in the lower commons....

Sticky Faith – Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Our Kids

Sticky Faith – Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Our Kids

Led by Pastor Connie, Sticky Faith is a five-session, video-based study that presents powerful strategies and practical ideas which enable parents to impart a deep and lasting faith in their children. Whether you have a toddler or a college-age student, this...

All Announcements for Children, Youth & Family

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Feed My Starving Children

Pack Meals for Feed My Starving Children. We have a block of 60 spots reserved to pack meals with Feed My Starving Children at their Coon Rapids location on Friday, October 27 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. This packing event is open to 6th-8th graders in Confirmation as a way...

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Family Fall Festival

Family Fall Festival Invitation. Tuesday, October 24 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm | Zion Attention young families! You are invited to a Fall Festival on Tuesday, October 24 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. There will be a pancake dinner, crafts, games and pumpkin themed treats. Costumes are...

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First Communion Class

We practice open age communion at Zion; whenever your child is ready for communion they are welcome to the table. A First Communion class will be offered October 22 and participating children will receive their First Communion on October 28 or 29. Click here to register now!

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Augsburg College Tour

Wednesday, October 18, Departs Zion at 1:15 p.m. For any high school student grades 10-12. You are welcome to join us on an overnight tour to Augsburg College! Contact Josh at jmyroniuk@zionanoka.org for more information....

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Reformation 500 Book Fair

Sunday, October 22 | Lower Commons | To commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Zion invites you to explore how the Reformation continues to impact the church in the writing and teachings of Martin Luther. Books will be on display in the lower commons....

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Kid City Sunday School

Calling all Zion Kids! Join us for Kid City Sunday School from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. on Sunday mornings. For more information on Kid City, pick up an information and registration brochure at the front desk. For questions, or to volunteer, contact Jocelyn Horazdovsky...

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Zion Pre-K Receives Parent Aware 4 Star Rating

Zion Pre-K has been awarded the 4 Star rating, the highest possible rating by Parent Aware. Parent Aware is a program through the MN Department of Human Services. By achieving the 4 Star rating, Zion Pre-K has shown that their program is committed to school readiness...

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Frolic Play Group (Family Ministry)

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...

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Family Events (Family Ministry)

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...

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