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
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
– Matthew 28:19-20
The Gospel of Matthew ends with Jesus giving a command to his disciples and to us today known as the Great Commission. This Great Commission is the overarching mission and purpose of the church and every individual Christian faith community. The Great Commission is especially important to Children, Youth, and Family (CYF) Ministries as we seek to teach and model to our children and youth what it means to be a disciple.
If you have any questions about our CYF Ministries, feel free to contact a member of our Zion CYF Team.
We look forward to the months ahead as we work together in making disciples of all nations!
Pastor Mike Rueckert, Pastor for Children, Youth and Family
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.
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.
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.
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.
Announcements for Children, Youth & Family
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Children from Kid City Sunday School, the CrossWalk Kids Club and CrossWalk Kids Choir will present “Christ the Savior is Born! A Spark Story Bible Christmas” during the 11 a.m. worship service on Dec. 15.read more
All high school youth Grades 9-12! You are invited to come to a Holiday Lock-in in December! Wear your PJ’s, invite a friend, and bring a White Elephant Gift! Cost for the event is $5.read more
We’re combining all education hour groups for an old-fashioned Advent Fair, Sunday, Nov. 24 in the CLC from 10-10:50 a.m. There will be crafts, activities and Advent ideas for all ages!read more
We are looking for adults to serve as confirmation mentors. Being a confirmation mentor is an opportunity to connect with the youth of our congregation and make an impact on their faith journey.read more
Baptism classes will be held on the first Sunday of every other month at 10 a.m. in the Library. Anyone interested in finding out more about baptism or scheduling a baptism are invited to attend.read more
Sign up for Financial Peace for Teens, a money management class taught by Dave Ramsey and other financial experts. Lessons include how to save for the future, avoid debt and give generously.read more
Registration for the 2019-2020 CYF program year is now open! That includes Kid City Sunday School and all CrossWalk Wednesdays programs. Stop by the Welcome Desk for more information.read more