Zion Lutheran Church

2101 Lancaster Avenue Wilmington, Delaware 19805 (302)-658-5288


Zion's Pastor

Pastor Melissa Lemons believes in relationships. Loving, honest relationship is the model set for us in the Trinity. It's not easy work, but it is necessary for the health of the Body of Christ. The importance of relationships shows up in her sermons, Bible studies, and everyday conversations.

Pastor Melissa is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She studied Lutheran Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and is currently working on a degree in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University in Maryland.

Pastor Melissa answered the call to ministry later in life and has lived and worked in Asia and Europe, teaching for the University of Maryland University College. She has spent most of her adult life teaching psychology, especially her field of Developmental Psychology. As a minister, she tries to bring all of her experience to pastoral care and worship.

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Our History

Zion Lutheran Church was founded over 150 years ago on the east side of Wilmington. On December 3, 1848 a group of thirty-three German-speaking Lutherans gathered for services conducted by the Rev. Friedrich Walz. After the service, they agreed to form an evangelical Lutheran congregation. Zion was born.

Zion has moved many times. From a hall in the Center Building on the northwest corner of Fourth and French Streets, the church moved to its first building on Walnut Street in 1857. In 1865, Zion purchased Number One School at Sixth and French Streets. After 33 years, Zion laid the cornerstone for its Sixth and Jackson Streets building where it remained for 62 years.

Zion might still be at that location had the State of Delaware not built I-95 in the early 1960's. Being moved from its property, Zion settled in the Neighborhood House until its new and current home was finished in 1961.

Here the oldest Lutheran congregation in Delaware continues to worship God and proclaim the message of salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ.


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Education and Learning

Sunday School classes are offered from September through May for the following groups

  • Preschool
  • Elementary
  • Confirmation
  • Post-Confirmation

We will be trying a Sunday School program during the 10:30 AM service for the preschoolers and elementary children in place of the 9:00 AM classes. Children will leave after the children's sermon which will take place before the lessons. A pair of teachers will present a lesson and activity. The curriculum is from Augsburgs Fortress and is called "Fruits of the Spirit" which focuses on a different fruit each week such as peace, joy, love, patience, etc.

Confirmation age students and teenagers will continue to have 9:00 AM classes.

First Communion

The Rite of First Communion is offered on Reformation Sunday- October 26th in 2014. For preparation, boys and girls and their parents, parent or chief caregivers must take part in two sessions on the biblical, theological and practical aspects of the meaning of the sacrament, and of our receiving it.

Historically children raised in the church are 10 years old or Fifth grade, though individual circumstances may differ. Contact the office to confer with the Interim Pastor.

Confirmation

Confirmation Classes for 6th and 7th graders begins again in September.

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