Christian Education for everyone
Because Christianity was never intended to be a spectator sport, group Bible study is not just valuable, it is invaluable. Small group study is so effective that Jesus used it to train the men who would be known as the apostles (Luke 6:12-16). As we encounter God’s Word together, we have an opportunity to share our different perspectives and insights and are spiritually fortified because of the interaction. More information is retained when there is active involvement, so biblical literacy is enhanced. Application and accountability bring understanding that moves God’s Word from the intellect to the heart. Transformation is encouraged (Romans 12:2), and our lives are changed. When our lives are changed, the lives of those around us are changed as well.
Group Bible study is a place to celebrate life’s victories, get prayer support, be encouraged in tough times, and keep ourselves accountable in our personal growth. Group Bible studies offer a structured time to focus on topics that address our needs or interests. They offer an enlivening arena to help carry us from Sunday to Sunday and a safe place to work out the challenges we face.
Bible Study I
Bible Study I meets on Sunday mornings beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. It is led by Pastor Paul.
Bible Study II
Bible Study II meets Sunday mornings beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room by the church offices. It is led by George Van Fossen.
Wednesday Morning Study
This study meets at 10:00 a.m. in the Garden Room. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Wednesday of the month. The group may go out for lunch together after the study.
Catch the Spirit Groups
Catch the Spirit groups are small groups (6 -12 people) that meet in member's homes at various days and times. Talk with Pastor Paul about the Catch the Spirit groups for times and locations.
Zion has Sunday School (ages 3-12) to assist our families in the education and training of their children in the Christian life through the study of God’s Word (i.e. Bible stories), crafts, and song. This opportunity is available every Sunday morning beginning at 9:45 a.m. The children first gather together in the church for a brief opening and celebration of events in the children’s lives. Then they go off to class. At the present time, we have one all-together multi-aged classroom.
Kids’ Church meets during the 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service. The kids are in the service with their families until the Children’s Message, then after the Children’s Message, the kids go off with the leader to the Garden Room for an opportunity to worship God with their peers. During this time, kids grow in their relationship with Jesus. Prayer, praise and worship all tie into the weekly Bible passages. Creative lessons, crafts, and activities keep kids engaged, and music reinforces the Scripture.
The seventh and eighth grade youth meet Tuesday nights from 7:15 - 8:45 p.m. They gather to study God's Word and prepare for their Christian life. Luther's Small Catechism is the main focus of the course. This two year course culminates with the church Rite of Confirmation.
Iron Men is a monthly men's group that meets for food, fellowship, the study of God's Word, fun, and service. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Garden Room.