Fall at Valley

Your Complete Fall Guide!

It's time to engage! We invite you and your family to WORSHIP God, CONNECT people, SERVE others, and SHARE Jesus through out dozens of events and initiatives this fall. Each one is designed to equip disciples who can then impact the world for Christ! We encourage you to glance through this page and make your plans for the fall. We'll highlight a few things at the top, then scroll through or just jump to the area you want using the menu bar.

FALL AT VALLEY: TOP THINGS TO KNOW

New Sermon Series

Last spring, Senior Pastor Rob O'Neal shared a series of messages called "Cultivate," explaining the new Valley Engagement Wheel (above) and why equipping disciples will help us accomplish our mission here at Valley. Pastor Rob's five-week series will explore HOW we're going to engage in those four areas. Join us each week in person or online for "Cultivate: Time to Engage."

Worship times remain the same: Contemporary Services on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m., and a Blended Service Sunday at 10:45 a.m. We will continue to livestream the 9 a.m. service on our Church Online site and Facebook page.

New Approach to Group Life

Connecting in groups is more vital than ever to the life of a disciple. Our revamped approach makes our purpose clearer and our structure easier. There are three types of groups at Valley: Community Groups, Equipping Classes, and Care Groups. (Here's a helpful chart!)

If you're not in a group, just click below for the "Connect to Community" form and we'll find the right fit for you!

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Midweek Youth Ministry

We're off to another great season of midweek ministry for kids and students! Valley Kids Clubs (grades 1-4) gather most Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. Valley Students Groups (grades 5-12) gather most Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

For Kids (Infants-Grade 4)

Valley Kids Church

Valley Kids Church is a great way for your child to come to know and follow Jesus! All of our environments, including our Nursery and Family Room, are sanitized and staffed by trained, background-checked volunteers dedicated to providing an amazing interactive experience for your child.

You don't need to register in advance; just head to the Valley Kids Welcome Desk when you arrive at church, and we'll get you signed in.

Saturday at 5 p.m.: Our Family Room is open for your use. 

Sunday at 9 a.m.: Valley Kids Church for infants-Grade 4.

Sunday at 10:45 a.m.: Valley Kids Church for infants-Grade 4.

Valley Kids Clubs

Welcome to Valley Kids Clubs, a weekly gathering of boys and girls in Grades 1-4 where friendship, faith, and fun activities abound. School can be pressure-packed and sports teams can be ultra-competitive. Where can kids go to just be KIDS, meet in a safe space, and grow in faith -- all in a friendly environment? Led by Valley staff and trained, background-checked volunteers, we welcome all kids from our neighborhoods, regardless of your church or faith background. Over the years, thousands of kids have called Tuesday nights at Valley their treasured “club time.” Come check it out any Tuesday night this fall. The cost is $35 for the entire September-May program.

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Parent-Child Dedications

Dedications are a special part of a worship service when parents make a commitment to raising their children in the Lord, and the church makes a commitment in return to partner with parents in that effort.

The class is Sunday, October 16, at 10:45 a.m. (free childcare available) If you're interested in Parent-Child Dedication, please email Michele at  or call her at 860.673.6826 x124.

Kids Baptism Class

If your Grade 3 or Grade 4 child is interested in getting baptized, this class is for them (and you)! This two-session class with Valley staff ensures that your child is making an individual decision to profess publicly an honest commitment to follow Jesus. A parent must accompany each child at this class.

The sessions are October 24 and November 7. If you think your child might be interested, please contact Lois Hales at

Family Fellowship Sessions

These half-hour sessions are designed to help parents understand more about Valley Kids Church, get to know the teachers and helpers, and meet other parents. No RSVP is required, and snacks will be provided. We look forward to getting to know you better at these informal gatherings!

Preschool/Kindergarten (ages 3-5): Sunday, September 18, at 10:15 a.m. on the playground.

First Grade: Sunday, September 25, at 10:15 a.m. in The Venue

Second Grade: Sunday, October 16, at 10:15 a.m. in The Venue. 

For Students (Grades 5-12)

Sunday Morning Classes

Middle School (Grades 5-8)

Sunday morning middle school classes will take place at both the 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services, in Room 305. No registration is required.

High School (Grades 9-12)

Each Sunday at 9 a.m., high school students will gather in the Café for “Foundations.” This weekly gathering will focus on building our faith on the foundation of a personal relationship with Jesus. Students will learn from Scripture and be challenged to develop a personal time with God. We’ll highlight specific verses, explain those verses, apply them to our lives, and respond with action. No registration is required. Students will receive a 270-day devotional journal to guide them as they develop a scriptural foundation of the New Testament.

Wednesday Night Gatherings

Our popular Wednesday night student programs have resumed! The gatherings begin at 7 p.m. and no registration is required. We can't wait to see your kids grow in faith, make new friends, and have a ton of fun along the way.

Root56: Weekly gathering for students in Grades 5 and 6

RIOT: Weekly gathering for students in Grades 7 and 8

Synergy: Weekly gathering for students in Grades 9-12. Sites alternate between all groups gathering together at church, or with their group leaders offsite.

Swerve (Students Who Serve)

Swerve is a Valley Students leadership initiative focused on students who serve. We’ll meet monthly to grow in our leadership abilities, learn more about our gifts and abilities as we serve, and spend time together. Join us as we seek to make an impact in our world and grow in our relationship with Christ.

If you're interested in Swerve, talk to a Valley Students staff member or email Melissa Richards at  .

Fall Retreat

We're already making plans for the Eighth Grade/High School Fall Retreat. We'll head to Camp Spofford in New Hampshire on October 28-30. We always see God moving powerfully at our student retreats!

The Fall Retreat registration deadline is Wednesday, October 19.

Check out all the details and registration info by clicking the button below.

Valley Students Fall Retreat

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Community Groups

Start Here:

Not in a Community Group yet? Here's how to begin!

Fill out the Connect to Community form below to let us know who you are and what you're looking for, and we'll reach out to you with ideas.

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What is a Community Group?

Community Groups are the primary ongoing groups for disciple-making at Valley. They meet regularly to connect relationally, for intentional spiritual growth and development.

New Community Groups form in September and January, meeting weekly either at church or in homes. All Community Groups take a break for the summer.

Why Community Groups?

Belong: God designed us for relationships, and groups give us a place to know others and to be known ourselves. Life is full of highs and lows, and communities create authentic relationships, so you don’t have to walk through these alone.

Become: Wherever you are in your journey of faith, communities will give you space to ask questions and consider your next step. We’ll grow together in what it means to follow Jesus. 

BLESS: The overflow of life-giving relationships is impact on our communities. Together, we will consider the opportunities in our lives to make a difference and impact our world for Christ.

Equipping Classes

Equipping Classes are temporary or seasonal, offering short-term opportunities for continued learning to discover God, explore Christian life, and find purpose. Consider attending a class as a first step toward connection, or as a supplement to your ongoing Community Group to explore a topic relevant to your faith journey.

How to Join

Unless otherwise noted, you can sign up for any class using this form:

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For Men and Women

New to the Line-Up!

Connected to Christ

SUNDAYS AT 10:45 A.M., BEGINNING october 16 - The Cafe - Room 328

This four-week interactive class explores what "community" means and how it makes a difference in our everyday lives. After the pandemic, how might we rebuild community together? Be part of the conversation! Cost is $5.

God Space

SUNDAYS AT 10:45 A.M., BEGINNING october 23 - Room 206
Cost: $13 For the book

This six-week class will help you create your own "God Space" -- where spiritual conversations happen naturally. Consider how everyday conversations allow opportunities for the Holy Spirit to work in your life and the lives of those around you.

Still accepting Newcomers:

Biblical Case for Worship

SUNDAYS AT 9 A.M.

This 10-week class, facilitated by Pastor Kevin Haskins, covers the biblical foundations for worship.

Life-Changing Prayer

SUNDAYS AT 10:45 A.M.

This six-week Jim Cymbala class, facilitated by Warren Humphrey, will help you grow in your understanding of prayer. We'll study why we pray, how prayer can be life-changing, and the impact that prayer can have on the world.

Second Coming Prophecy

TUESDAYS AT 6:30 P.M.

The world seems to be spinning out of control, but one thing is certain: Our great God and Savior is firmly in control of everything that is happening. While we do not and cannot know the day of His return, God has provided a detailed roadmap that reveals that we could be getting close. Join us as we delve into this amazing topic.

Metamorphose

SUNDAYS AT 9 A.M.

This group consists mainly of adults 55 and over, let by Brian Herrman and Bob Kagels. New class members are always welcome! We meet weekly  to study God's Word and share prayer requests.

OWLS (Senior Adults)

SUNDAYS AT 9 A.M.

Pastor Skip Eggimann leads this Equipping Class, affectionately known as OWLS (Older Wise Loving Saints). All Senior Adults are welcome to join.

Young Adults

OCTOBER 6 AT 7 P.M.

Our Young Adults class is a monthly worship night at the church featuring great live music, new friends, and lively conversation. We gather on the first Thursday of each month at the church. No sign-up or RSVP required.

ESL Class

TUESDAYS AT 6:30 P.M.

This class is designed for adults for whom English is a second language. We help adults practice English and share the love of Christ and the Gospel along the way. Please use this special registration form to sign up:

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Community Bible Study

Thursdays AT 9:15 A.M. This is a non-denominational bible study HOSTED at Valley avon

Come be a part of the change that happens when we study God's Word in community! You'll participate in weekly small group discussions and enjoy our class teaching. This fall we will explore Joshua, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Colossians, and James. Children's classes and online groups are also available. To register visit https://hartfordwest.cbsclass.org/

Just for Women/Moms

Precept Bible Study

TUESDAYS AT 9:30 A.M.

This Equipping Class for women, facilitated by LuAnn Turbiak, will explore the book of Job. We'll dive into big questions about pain, suffering, and God’s sovereignty -- and discover that God is with us through everything. Cost is $20.

Real-Life Women

MONDAYS AT 7 P.M.

This Equipping Class for women, facilitated by Carmie Maxfield, will equip women to embrace their personal story, and then overcome the hurdles in sharing that story with others. We'll do this through Bible study, prayer, and fellowship.

MOPS/MOMSnext

TWO MONDAYS EACH MONTH at 9:30 a.m.

MOPS and MOMSnext is a community of moms from different walks of life who encourage, support, and love each other like family. We feature guest speakers and several kinds of activities. The class is open to moms who are pregnant/adopting all the way to those with kids in sixth grade. The annual cost is $42. Childcare is available for kids 5 and under for an additional fee. Scholarships are available. Use this special registration form to sign up for this Equipping Class: 

register for mops/momsnext

Just for Men

The Gospel of John

TUESDAYS AT 6 A.M.  and 6:30 P.M.

These 12-week Equipping Classes for men will focus on the Gospel of John. We'll utilize a study by Dr. Tony Evans that encourages us to turn to Christ when the world is getting dark. Discover the two key purposes of John and how, in our broken culture, we can discover the one hope that is truly trustworthy. Rediscover the essential truths of our faith and the life found in our King! Sessions are Tuesday mornings and evenings each week.

Care Groups

Care Groups are ongoing or short-term opportunities for people to gather and cope with the various trials and hurdles of life. Each Care Group is Christ-centered with the goal of providing comfort, encouragement, healing, and hope. See the details under each Care Group area for details and how to sign up.

Celebrate Recovery

Weekly Gatherings

EVERY THURSDAY AT 7 P.M. IN THE VENUE

Celebrate Recovery is a biblical, balanced program that helps people overcome hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Celebrate Recovery is based on God's Word. Feel free to join us at 6:15 p.m. for pizza and fellowship. Our program begins at 7 p.m., with large group time, then a break-out time in smaller groups. No registration is required.

Celebrate Recovery Step Studies

TUESDAYS AT 6:30 P.M., BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 20

Celebrate Recovery has four Step Study Care Groups -- two for women and two for men. A Step Study is a personal journey through each of the 12 steps of Celebrate Recovery, where we get into the heart of the program and healing from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Cost is $20. If you're interested, please call Valley Care at 860.673.6826 or email Mary at    


DivorceCare

DivorceCare Details

MONDAYS AT 7 P.M., BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 19
at valley simsbury headquarters (3 mill pond lane, Simsbury)

Those who have experienced separation and divorce will tell you that it was one of the most painful and stressful experiences they've ever faced. It's a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you may never have encountered before. This 13-week Care Group will help.

Cost is $15. Registration is required: 

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GriefShare

GriefShare Details

MONDAYS AT 6:30 P.M.  IN ROOM 209

GriefShare is a 13-week care group at Valley designed to help people who are mourning the death of a family member or friend. Often, others want to help you cope with your loss but simply don't know how. GriefShare is a group of people dealing with loss that meets weekly to share experiences and tackle tough challenges together.

Cost is $20. Registration is required: 

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Friendship Community

Friendship Community Details

TUESDAYS AT 6:30 P.M. ONGOING, IN THE CAFE 

This growing group is for adults with diverse abilities who are looking for community. We meet every Tuesday, even during the summer. We currently meet at 6:15 p.m., but that moves to 6:30 p.m. on September 13. For more information or to register, email Mary Swank at  or call Valley Care at 860.673.6826. 

Hearts With Hope

Hearts With Hope Details

SECOND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH at 6:30 p.m.

Hearts With Hope is a care group for moms who have lost a child. This group meets on the second Thursday of each month. Come ready to share, if you're willing, and listen as others share their stories. There's no cost, and no registration is necessary.

Senior Adult Luncheons

Senior Adult Luncheon Details

THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH AT NOON

We're back! Valley Seniors and their friends are invited to join in for fun, food, and fellowship. Donations are appreciated but not required. Mark your calendars for the third Thursday of every month, at the church. Please RSVP by contacting Mary in the Care Ministry office at 860.673.6826 or

Coping With Cancer

Coping With Cancer Details

FOURTH THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH, AT 6:30 P.M. room 206

This Care Group is for people fighting cancer as well as family or friends assisting someone dealing with cancer. Get encouragement, support, and tips to help you in your cancer journey. We meet on the fourth Thursday of each month.

The Care Group is free, and no RSVP is required.

Faithful Hands

Faithful Hands Details

SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, AT 7 A.M.

Faithful Hands is a group of men that serves single mothers, widows, or any other person needing help by providing practical handyman services. The group meets in Room 206 for an hour on the second Saturday of each month to connect with members, build relationships, and review the list of work items. They then spend two hours with their care receivers, assisting with household and/or yard work, building relationships as they serve. For more information, contact the Care Ministry office at 860.673.6826.

Nourish and Nurture

Nourish and Nurture Details

FIRST AND THIRD FRIDAYS OF EACH MONTH,  AT 9 A.M., FAMILY ROOM

For many women, the early weeks and months of motherhood can be challenging and isolating. This Care Group meets September 2 and September 16, and the first and third Fridays each month. The group provides  education and encouragement with the goal of healthy moms and healthy babies! Lactation Consultant Julie Tower will facilitate the group, which is open to all moms with babies up to one year old (breastfeeding, combo-feeding, bottle-feeding) and expecting moms. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact Julie at  .

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