Children's Ministry


Children's Ministry Staff

Zion's Children’s Ministry Coordinator, VACANT 


Sunday School – 9:15am

Join us every Sunday for Sunday School, held in the Conrad Room.  We use the rotation method of learning which combines our computer room, arts and crafts, video room and storytelling with puppets to learn a story from the Bible.  The third Sunday of each month, the children participate in the first part of the church service.


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”

With the loss of SES funding, we have spent our efforts on redoing  and replacing our tutoring program.  We have reworked our after-school program to fit the latest research in how to help struggling readers.  Our new program is based primarily upon the research compiled by Dr. Richard Allington, one of our nations leading authorities in reading.   We are seeking funding for this program by soliciting funds from foundations and individuals.

The heart of our program is based on the belief that children learn to read by reading, and that students will read when they are allowed to follow their interests and given books and materials they can 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"

Digital Card Catalog of After School Tutoring at Zion


We welcome your questions and your support.  Contact Wayne Spitzer (815) 962-3340 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 Children’s Ministry coordinator for upcoming date.  Feel free to download and fill out form for the next class. Download First Communion Form here.


Summer Sunday School

We offer a summer Sunday School if we have enough adult leadership to coordinate from the Sunday after Memorial Day until the Sunday before Labor day.


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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