Youth & Children 

Zion's Youth Group

     There is something for everyone in grades 7 – 12 at Zion (and beyond).

     From monthly meetings and gatherings where we share lunch and get active playing four-square-in the air or basketball, to walking to end hunger at the CROP walk, hitting the latest movie, playing Laser Tag, mini-golf, learning to play Dungeons and Dragons or just being engaged in service to the church and community -  Zion’s youth enjoy Christian fellowship.  And, coming from different school districts and backgrounds makes them a welcoming and open group. 

     Zion’s youth are also committed to mission and the church at large.  Each year youth engage in a service mission.  One of Zion youth has visited our sister congregation, Mpata in Africa to serve and the youth group has traveled throughout the United States and right here at home to use their hands and feet to help their neighbors. Zion is, after all, a congregation committed to community service! And we have a blast with our mission fundraising – including hosting the annual pork and sauerkraut dinner on New Years’ Day. 

     Zion youth also attend development events.  Each year our middle school youth attend confirmation camp to learn more about the Lutheran faith, and they attend the Lower Susquehanna Synod’s ALiVE gathering.  Senior High Youth attend Winterfest, our synod’s yearly gathering for senior high youth and, every three years travel to the ELCA National Gathering. 

     So come, travel, serve and grow with us!      

2021-2022 Youth Activities

     Join us for youth activities open to 7th to 12 graders. Contact Patti Corll at pattic@zionleola.org for more information about the events. 

September 12, 2021 – God’s Work Our Hands Sunday! Worship at 8:00am or 10:30am. Come at 9:15am to learn about Lutheran Disaster Relief and watch a PennDOT video on traffic safety while enjoying a  continental breakfast. After the 10:30am service, enjoy lunch before making health kits for Lutheran Disaster Relief or help beautify our neighborhood by cleaning up Route 23 through the Adopt a Highway program.

September 24, 2021 - ALiVE – retreat at Camp Nawakwa for those in 6-8th grade.

October 17, 2021 - CROP walk – Lunch after 10:30am worship. Depart for New Holland Park at 12:45pm to begin the walk from the bandstand at 1:30pm.  This fundraising effort benefits CROP  one of the oldest ecumenical feeding ministries.

November 13, 2021 – Gimme S’more Science – Zion’s fall/winter community outreach event featuring fire pits, telescopes, s’mores and of course – SCIENCE!

December 19, 2021 – The culmination of our mission to ensure that everybody in the Steps to Success family has a Merry Christmas!  Wrapping of the gifts,  placement under the “Grinch” tree for pick up, and a fabulous “Whos coming to dinner” luncheon after 10:30am worship.

December 24, 2021 – Youth serve Christmas Eve luncheon after 11:00am worship, remembering that for many who have loved ones who live far away, this is their Christmas celebration!

December 31, 2021 – Pork and Kraut mission fundraiser preparation.

January 1, 2022 – Youth mission fundraiser – Port and sauerkraut dinner, take out only. 

January 7-9, 2022 – Winterfest – Senior High youth gathering.

February 20, 2022 – Underground railroad walking tour of Downtown Lancaster.

March 12, 2022 - Meet at the church at 8:45am to leave at 9:00am to tour the Wolf Sanctuary in Lititz, PA.

April 9, 2022 – Help with the Easter Extravaganza at Zion.

April 14, 2022 – Maundy Thursday – Youth assist with stripping the altar.

May 7 or 8, 2022 – Sky Zone – We will jump for joy to celebrate the accomplishments of our friends as they graduate and then head for dinner at a spot the seniors have selected to finish our celebration. 

June 27-July 1, 2022 – VBS.

July 24-28, 2022 – National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN.