Middle School Ministry

Welcome to the Middle School Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church.
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Welcome to the Middle School Ministry (Grades 6-8) Page!

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.

For more information about Middle School Ministry at Zion download the Middle School Ministry Brochure 2018-2019 or contact contact Pastor Mike Rueckert at: mrueckert@zionanoka.org.

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.

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 Ministry Announcements

CrossWalk Wednesdays!

CrossWalk Wednesdays!

CrossWalk Wednesdays offers activities for Preschoolers, Kids Grades 1-5, Confirmation Youth Grades 6-8, High School Youth Grades 9-12. Programming begins Sept 26!

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Bunker Hills Hayride

Bunker Hills Hayride

All 6th-12th graders and their friends are invited to a hayride on October 5, 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Bunker Park Stables! The cost for the event is $15 which covers the hayride, bonfire, and food expenses.

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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 contact Pastor Mike Rueckert at: mrueckert@zionanoka.org.

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:

Holy Baptism

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.

  • 2018-2019 Baptism Classes at 12:15 p.m.: September 9, November 11, January 13, March 10, May 5, July 14, September 8.

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.

  • Children (ages 3-4) Parent Class: September 30 at 10:20 a.m. with Bibles presented at the 11 a.m. worship service that day.
  • Children (Grade 2 and new 3rd graders) Parent/Child Class: January 20 at 10 a.m. with Bibles presented at the 11 a.m. worship service that day.

Holy Communion

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.

  • Fall Class is October 11 at 11 a.m. Choice of Communion dates include all services on October 27 & 29 or by request.
  • Spring Class is April 7 at 11 a.m. Choice of Communion dates includes all services on April 14, April 18 or April 20 & 21 (Easter) or by request.

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.

All Announcements for Children, Youth & Family

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CrossWalk Wednesdays!

CrossWalk Wednesdays offers activities for Preschoolers, Kids Grades 1-5, Confirmation Youth Grades 6-8, High School Youth Grades 9-12. Programming begins Sept 26!

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Frolic Play Group

Parents and little ones (birth-Kindergarten) are invited to the Frolic program beginning Tuesday, Sept 18 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Spark Park. Bible story and snack at 10 a.m.

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MEA Getaway

Come to MEA Getaway at Camp Castaway October 18-21 and enjoy a fun, faith filled, engaging retreat with Pastor Jodi Houge from Humble Walk Church as our guest speaker.

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Living Water HS Group

Beginning Sun evenings in October, HS youth are invited to come to Living Water to discuss weekly topics and enjoy fellowship. Come at 5 p.m. and stay for The River service at 6 p.m.

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Bunker Hills Hayride

All 6th-12th graders and their friends are invited to a hayride on October 5, 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Bunker Park Stables! The cost for the event is $15 which covers the hayride, bonfire, and food expenses.

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SiCC Leadership Program

SiCC, a leadership program at Zion, is aimed at empowering students to be servant leaders in the community! Interested in SiCC? Pick up an application at the front desk or the CYF office!

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Kid City Sunday School

Kid City classes are Sundays at 10 a.m. It’s not too late to register online by clicking on the Event Registration tab or pick up a Children’s Ministry Brochure at the Welcome Center in the lower commons.

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Spark Story Bible Presentation

We will be presenting Spark Story Bibles to our Pre-K and K children during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Sept 30. To participate, a parent should attend our parent meeting at 10:15 a.m. that day.

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First Communion Class

A First Communion Class will be offered on Sunday, October 7 at 11 a.m. in the Theater. We practice open communion at Zion, so parents, if you feel your children are ready, please sign up.

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Family Faith Focus

Zion partners with parents as they raise their children in the Christian faith! In addition to our Faith Milestones, we offer Family Faith Focus, a rotation of learning opportunities for children and families.

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