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

 

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!

God bless,

Pastor Mike Rueckert, Pastor for Children, Youth and Family

Zion Family Camp - August 9-13, 2020

We are excited to be bringing back the Zion Family Camp! Zion Family Camp will be on August 9-13 and it will be at Camp House Bible Camp which is north of Two Harbors, MN.

The Zion Family Camp brochure has more information including pictures of Camp House. Paper copies of the brochure are available at church or click on the link below to download a copy.

Zion Family Camp 2020 Brochure

The cost of the Zion Family Camp (4 nights and 11 meals) is:
• Adults: $270
• Youth (Gr K-12 Completed): $190
• Infant & Pre-K: FREE

We ask that each family pay a $100 deposit at sign up and final payment will be due June 1st. You can register with the following link: Zion Family Camp 2020 Registration

If you have any questions about the Zion Family Camp or experience issues registering with our new registration system, please contact Pastor Mike, mrueckert@zionanoka.org.

 

What’s a Faith Milestone?

FAITH MILESTONES

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!

Faith Milestone Brochure

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.

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.

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.

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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High School Hangouts!

High School Hangouts!

During this time of the COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions, high school youth are invited to join in on a Zoom Meeting hangout session! We will have hangout sessions every Mon & Wed at 2 p.m. Join in for devotionals, open discussions, & games! 

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Middle School Zoom Group

Middle School Zoom Group

During this time of the COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions, stay connected through a Zoom conference video call on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Pastor Mike will host weekly devotions, check in and general hangout time.

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Zion Kids Online Resources

Zion Kids Online Resources

Connect with your Zion Church family with our online spots for sharing prayers, at-home family Bible activities, music activities, children’s yoga, outdoor faith fun, and lots of hope and grace for these challenging times!

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Summer Intern Openings

Summer Intern Openings

Zion is hiring interns to assist with summer programming. Applicants should be young adults who have completed 1+ years of post high school education. Hiring decisions will take place soon! Apply now!

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Family Camp is Back

Family Camp is Back

Zion Family Camp will be held August 9-13, 2020 at Camp House Bible Camp which is north of Two Harbors, MN. There will be time for worship, faith discussions and fun! Register now!

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Camp Wapo Registration

Camp Wapo Registration

Wapo registration is open. June 21-26 is for Youth Camp, Confirmation Camp, High School Program and Servant Leadership Program. June 19-21 is for Seeds Campers. Contact Pr Mike with questions.

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