Children and teens are a vital part of our congregation.
We encourage children and youth to understand and experience the importance of an enriching Christian connection. Mt Zion Lutheran Church ELCA offers educational programs and Sunday School to help children learn about and participate in their own journeys of faith.
Every Sunday during the school year, we offer an hour-long class starting at 9:30 a.m. (between services), where children learn Bible stories, songs, and important concepts of the faith. Each class moves to a new room each week to experience the unit through art, movie theater, drama, science, cooking in the kitchen, games or more. We believe a safe place where your child will be loved and treasured is important.
To get an idea of what a Sunday School year looks like, see our blog “Lookback on Sunday School 2016-2017”
Every child is precious to God, and your child has a special place at Mt. Zion to grow and be recognized for who he or she was created to be.
Preschool, 2-4 year olds
Our teachers have open arms to welcome your child into the preschool program at Mt Zion, where they will begin their faith walk. With baby steps, these little ones come to know who God is and that He loves them and wants to be their very best friend. This is accomplished with stories and age appropriate activities within the classroom. These children have the security of 1 or 2 teachers that guide and love them.
Kindergarten through 5th grade
Mt Zion is a wonderful, warm and inviting place to start your child’s faith journey. How do we do this? Our devoted teachers approach stories in the Bible in unique and engaging ways. The Bible is a “living” book and so the key is to “experience” the stories of the Bible. Our enthusiastic and creative teachers bring the Bible to life through the foods we cook, the art we create, the songs we sing, the movies we see and popcorn we munch on, the games we play and through drama as we go back into time reenacting these stories. Our most important goal is that as each story becomes part of who they are, your child will feel the touch of God’s love — knowing that God wants to have a living, loving relationship with each one of them.
Mt Zion Youth (grades 6-12)
To provide a more enriching opportunity for the youth in grades 6 through 12, Mt Zion is partnering with Mt Carmel Lutheran Church for some events which we will do together. Combining the two groups will bring great energy, experience and ideas, and we’re looking forward to working and playing together!
MZY experiences will focus on building community, service and fun. Starting with our weekly group in the youth room during the education hour (9:40 – 10:40 am), we will foster the kind of friendships that Jesus taught us about in the Bible. We will loosely follow the “CONNECT” curriculum from the Sparkhouse Youth Christian education company. We will plan our activities, learn about Jesus, share highs and lows and pray for each other.
Also, we are planning to have two additional events a month – one will be a service project and the other will be something fun. Here’s a sample of plans so far in 2019 – watch for changes. Ask youth coordinator Erik Peterson how to subscribe to the MZY youth calendar for viewing on your smart phone or PC.
On the schedule for fall and winter:
- Tosa Cares
- All youth/teens lock-in with Mt Carmel,
- Haunted House with Mt Carmel
- Sunday School Christmas Pageant,
- serving pasta lunch after the Christmas Pageant
- Confirmation age youth lock-in at Mt Carmel
- Tosa Cares
- Youth Quake in Wisconsin Dells
MTY welcomes young men and women of all ethnicity, abilities, sexual orientation, and religious persuasion. Journey with us to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and his Christian community. ALL REALLY ARE welcome.
To hear in their own words why Mt Zion youths feel strongly about their experiences: