Old Zion Lutheran Church

“For wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them” Matthew 18:20 (KJV)
“Denn wo zwei oder drei in meinem Namen zusammenkommen, bin ich in ihrer Mitte” Matthäus 18:20 (Hoffnung für alle)

Welcome to Old Zion - Herzlich Willkommen!

You will find us at the intersection of N. Broad and Mt. Vernon Streets,
just six blocks north of City Hall, in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 


By clicking the links above, you will be able to explore this site to learn about life and worship at Old Zion;
you will find the background of our historic church and information
about our Pastor, Services, and outreach projects.



COVID-19 UPDATE (11/22/20)


Due to the increasing substantial spread of Covid-19 in our community, and changes to local and state guidance, the Council and Ministry of Old Zion Lutheran Church has decided to make the following adjustments to our current procedures:
  • The church will continue to hold in-person services in a limited capacity, with a maximum capacity of 15 people in the sanctuary, in accordance with Philadelphia's "Safer at Home" guidance.
  • The Church Council has decided that, until further notice, Old Zion will continue to hold German Services at 9 AM each Sunday, rather than the normal schedule of 11:15 AM. The Second Sunday German Service will not include Communion.
  • Congregants are asked to remain home if they are aware of any symptoms of COVID-19 (especially cough, shortness of breath, and/or a fever). Anyone with a fever above 100 degrees or symptoms should not attend church. A full list of symptoms can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  • All congregants entering the church will be required to wear a mask. All congregants will be required to maintain social distance of at least 6 feet and avoid personal contact while in the building.
  • Guests to the congregation will be asked to provide their name and a method of contact should contact-tracing become necessary.
  • We expect that all members and visitors abide by the State of Pennsylvania's new travel restrictions, which can be found here.
  • Holy Communion will be offered, but congregants are asked to follow usher directions to join the altar (to maintain social distance), and the Blood of Christ will be offered with individual cups only.
The following actions are being taken by the church in addition to the above guidelines:
  • The church is being regularly cleaned per current CDC guidelines, and high-touch areas will be spot-cleaned as needed.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are being provided at several locations throughout the building.
  • The Fellowship Hall will be limited to 5 people, in compliance with Philadelphia's guidance. All congregants are expected to remain masked, maintain social distance, and sit only with their immediate family groups.
  • Restrooms will still be available for use.
  • The service will continue to be live-streamed via Facebook for members and guests who do not wish to attend church in-person. All efforts will be taken to ensure the highest level of quality possible.
  • The website will continue to be updated with weekly readings, propers, and important information.
  • The Choir will continue not to meet.

The Ministry and Council of Old Zion Lutheran Church will continue to monitor state and local regulations and best practices to ensure the highest level of safety for all members and guests; these procedures may change as time goes on, and we will inform you of any changes. You may also want to stay informed of local guidance (in Philadelphia) - you can find that information here:
https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/

At this time,
we highly advise members and visitors - especially those in high-risk populations - to remain home and join us for our virtual services. While our doors will be open, and we will welcome up to 15 people in the Sanctuary, it is in everyone's best interest to find the safest mode of worship for themselves, and attend as their health and conscience dictate. There is no pressure, expectation, or obligation to attend services in person. The services will continue to be streamed, and Pastor Metzger will continue to be available for individual Pastoral Care for all who are in need.

We encourage you to continue to follow our Facebook page, and this website, for continued updates. Should you have any questions, feel free to email, call, or contact the church through our various social media!

We thank you all for your continued support, understanding, and patience as we all navigate the pandemic and changing regulations. Our prayers continue to be with all our members, friends, the community, and all those affected by the coronavirus. May the Lord bless you all and keep you safe!

The Council and Ministry of
Old Zion Lutheran Church

Philadelphia, PA


For information on our special services and programs for the season, please visit the Calendar page.

For seasonal changes, special holidays, and weekly updates please call 215-765-5883 (recording),
or click the calendar link above to download our monthly calendar.

You can also keep up with our social-media presence
by visiting our Facebook page or following Old Zion on Twitter!

Old Zion Lutheran Church is a member of the
Evangelical Lutheran Conference and Ministerium

The ELCM is a church body of congregations and pastors holding to the Biblical teachings
of the Book of the Lutheran Confessions.








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