Children and Youth

Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love.

Ephesians 5:1-2






First Communion classes for all children entering 5th grade will be held on Wednesdays, beginning September 12th from 5:45 – 6:35 PM at Zion’s in conjunction with the first three sessions of catechism.  Parents of children younger than 5th grade are encouraged to speak with Pastor Steiner if they feel their child/children are ready to receive the sacrament.  Those who complete their training will receive their first communion in morning worship on Sunday, October 7th .



Beginning on Wednesday, September 12th at 5:45 PM, we will provide an alternative to Sunday School for all of our parish children 2 years through 5th grade.  These classes will take place at Zion’s coinciding with the same time as Confirmation.  Thank you to Denise Tanyer and Maria Stampahar who will be leading these classes.  As Sunday mornings may be too busy with other extra activities for children and youth, this Christian Education activity is being offered.  As a reminder a Quiet Communion service is offered on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM and would be a good ending to the evening for families to worship together.



Beginning Sunday, September 23 at 9:30 AM we will have Sunday School for children 2 years through 5th grade at Zion’s.

A THANK YOU to MaryAnn Wiser and Emily. These classes will follow the Learn & Grow curriculum-Deep Blue.  Sunday School classes will coincide with the Adult Conversations and Coffee.  We are still looking for some additional support teachers to be available.  Please contact Pastor if interested.


The children’s Christian Education curriculum for Learn & Grow and Sunday mornings is Deep Blue. Using scripture stories, active games, crafts and music it takes the children through the Bible; all combined into a living faith experience that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today.  One of the features of this curriculum is a FREE Downloadable App that will continue the lessons through the week as the children engage in mini games with Scripture jumble, trivia, Break Out, and a glider game.  In addition, they will find videos, customizable aviators and fun mini-weekly quests.  There is also a parental dashboard, that will let you know what lessons the children are learning and guides to help reinforce these lessons at home.  The app link for apple or android devices is



Catechism classes will resume on Wednesday, September 12th from 5:45 – 6:35 PM with Pastor Steiner.  Classes will be held at Zion’s and include discussions on scripture and the Small Catechism, learning videos from time to time, and occasional hands-on mission projects.  Our first three sessions will be a review of the Sacrament of Holy Communion with the First Communion Class.  Normal ages for catechism are 7th-8th grade.  Please speak with Pastor Steiner if you have any questions.



Our new Kids Club for the Penn-Zion’s Brush Creek Cooperative Ministry is starting up this September. G.O.  F.I.S.H. (Going Out Faithful In Service to Him) will provide opportunity to develop friendships among our children as well as children from other church groups while they have fun together growing in their faith.  Children are invited and encouraged to bring their friends from school or their next door neighbors.  We are kicking off September with 2 activities.  We are trying to accommodate schedules by offering both weeknight and weekday.  Children can come to both or pick the one that works best with their activities. First Responder Appreciation Gift Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Penn, beginning 6 PM. We will be putting together a surprise for our First Responder family and friends. The one on Saturday, September 29th is a field trip as we travel to Greensburg for the Westmoreland County Operation Christmas Child Packing Party. We will meet at Zion’s at 10 AM. Lunch will be provided.  Then in October we are going to meet at Brush Creek on Tuesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 6 PM for some surprise activities.  Any adults who would like to help Gwen Steiner plan, lead and/or drive for these events are asked to contact her at or at 412-829-1174.




The August-October “Noisy Offering” will provide vaccinations for children. Nearly 5,000 children die each day from diseases like measles, polio, tetanus and tuberculosis – all diseases that could be prevented with a vaccine. Immunizing a child is one of the best ways to ensure that a child stays healthy and helps to prevent the spread of these diseases. Through the ELCA World Hunger, $30 will vaccinate a child. Tickles and Band-Aids are free. A HUGE THANK YOU for the support of the children and their project “The Shoe that Grows”. A total of $420 was raised which enabled us to purchase 28 pairs of shoes. We also had some very crafty people who helped add their personal touch to 100 shoe bags.




“What Can We Give God?

“We cannot give God anything; for everything is already His,

and all we have comes from Him.

We can only give Him praise, thanks, and honor.”

……Martin Luther