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
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. – Deuteronomy 6:5-7
I have always loved what Martin Luther had to say about the role of the parent. He gives the title of “Priests of the Home” to all parents and says that this role is different to all other callings that God gives because parents are not only responsible for the physical needs of their children but also their spiritual needs. 2020 & 2021 have been strange years filled with adapting to the ever changing realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This pandemic has impacted how we live out our faith. The pattern of the Christian church for a few generations now has focused on the building as the center of our faith life and faith development. In many ways this has been a determinant to passing on the faith to the next generation. All of the surveys over the last 20-30 years around children & youth ministry have come to the same conclusion that youth and young adults who developed vibrant faith, a faith that impacts the way they see the world and live their daily life, where the ones who had a vibrant faith lived in the home.
While we pray for a resolution to this pandemic, this time period gives us the opportunity to be intentional about how we foster faith in the home. During this time, the role of the Priests of the Home will be very important, but you do not do it alone. Zion’s Children, Youth, and Family (CYF) staff are committed to helping to support the faith lives of our families and the faith development of children and youth.
We invite you to check out what we have planned for Kid City (3yr old – 5th grade), Confirmation (6th – 8th grade), and Common Ground (9th -12th grade) ministries. By registering for these ministries, you will make sure to be plugged into the resources and opportunities that are planned for these ministry areas.
If you have any questions about our CYF Ministries, feel free to contact a member of our Zion CYF Team.
As we continue through these strange times, know that we at Zion are lifting you up in prayer asking for God’s wisdom, patience, and guidance as you meet the physical and spiritual needs of your home.
Pastor Mike Rueckert, Pastor of 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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Kid City Sunday School (In-person & Online) is a place where kids age 3 through Gr. 5 learn about Jesus, grow in faith, pray and celebrate! Kid City meets during the school year from 10-10:50 a.m. Register now!
Mark your calendars for Trunk or Treat, Sunday, Oct. 31 from 1-3 p.m. Sponsored by the CYF staff. All are welcome! Watch for more details in upcoming E-updates & Life Together bulletin inserts.
Last December Zion Kids created a Christmas “program” video entitled “Miracle in the Manger”. Read on for more info and to watch this inspiring video or share it with your friends!