Children's Ministry


WOW Program

ThJanice Carpenter 2013-08-27e WOW program stands for Worship on Wednesday and it runs from September  until May. The elementary age youth come enjoy this weekly program from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This is coordinated by the WOW Coordinator, Janice Forrest and you can email her at  If your child needs a ride to WOW, contact the church office at 815-964-4609, before 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The WOW Program is in conjunction with the Patriots’ Gateway Center across the street and we provide a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, computers, gym, puppets, games, music and a meal for children ages 6 through 6th grade.  From 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. we hold the meal and small worship like experience that includes skits, videos and music along with a wonderful meal being provided for all.  Student and parent volunteers are always welcome. 


Zion’s Literacy Program: “Choosing to Read”

We have developed a children’s library and digital card catalog based on the Lexile level of each book.  The Lexile level of a book is a measure of its readability.  We plan to test each student’s reading ability using tests that measure the student’s Lexile level.  It is then possible to find books and materials that the student can read. To better understand our program, we have posted two videos on YouTube.  The links are: Zion's Literacy Program "Choosing to Read" and 

Digital Card Catalog of After School Tutoring at Zion - We welcome your questions and your support.  Contact Wayne Spitzer (815) 964-4609 or email:


First Communion

There is a training class for parents and children in second grade or older as parents determine the readiness of their children to receive Holy Communion. Pastor Thomas leads a one time two and a half hour class in the fall and in the spring. Contact the office for more information.  Feel free to download and fill out form for the next class. Download First Communion Form here.


Summer Bible Camp

Children in elementary age are encouraged to attend Bible Camp in Oregon, IL during the summer at L.O.M.C. (Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center) only 35 minutes south of Rockford. There are scholarships available so that anyone can attend.


Vacation Bible School

Our summer Vacation Bible School program is a week long program from 9am-noon. We hold this event in partnership with other Midtown Lutheran Churches in the neighborhood.


4-H Program

This wonderful program at Zion offers young girls a training opportunity with cooking; sewing, woodwork and other areas. Contact Betsy Carlson at to participate or to volunteer during the year with the various projects.

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