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Why Join a Group?

It can be hard to meet people and find a place to belong in a church. We want you to get connected and grow in your relationship with Christ and with others at Valley.

Joining a group is deeply rooted in Scripture. God makes it clear He does not want us to pursue our faith journey alone. And it's how we become equipped to mature as followers of Jesus -- a concept so fundamental at Valley that it's one of the four action steps rooted in our mission statement. 

Valley has dozens of groups to choose from. Some are small groups of adults who gather weekly or biweekly; others are distinctive based on gender or life stage; others are classes or 13-week sessions for people hurting in some way. We have groups for men, women, seniors, young adults, college-age adults, kids, moms, teenagers, and more. 

There are three ways to sign up for a group:

  • Find the group you're interested in below on this page, and click the corresponding sign-up button
  • Fill out a Connect Card to tell us who you are and what you're looking for, and we'll reach out to you with ideas
  • Email us at  and we'll get back to you soon with suggestions about what group might be the best fit for you.

ADULT GROUPS

PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO CHILDCARE THIS FALL FOR ANY ADULT GROUP MEETING IN THE VALLEY AVON BUILDING

Mixed Groups of Adults

Join a Group (Listed by Day)


SUNDAYS

Mid-Life Experience - in-person Room 204
This community is open to all adults and is led by Mike & Renee Margolis and Keith and Sherry Ontko.

Seasons -
This group is taking a few weeks off for the summer but will return Sunday, August 29.

Metamorphose - In Person Room 206
Led by Brian Herrman, this group meets in room 206 at Valley Avon at 9 a.m.

Empty-Nesters - In-Person
Join us in-person at 9 a.m. Sundays in room 209. Led by Ed and Sherry Poff.

Young Adults - In-Person
Join us in-person, outdoors at Sycamore Hills Park in Avon...right up the road from Valley Avon! Led by Sean Coughlin.

Young Marrieds -

Led by Steven and Emily Roes. This group is taking a break for the summer but will return in-person in the fall.

Canton Area Group (In Person, Online)
Led by Warren and Deborah Humphrey at their Canton home at 4 p.m. on Sundays; some attend via Zoom. Currently following the sermon series.

MONDAYS

Senior Adult Community - (Online)
All Senior Adults are welcome to join Pastor Skip Eggimann as he leads this Zoom online group every other Monday morning at 11 a.m.

Torrington Area Group (Online)
John and Anne Busa lead this Zoom online group each Monday at 7 p.m.

TUESDAYS

ESL Group
Practice conversational English with friendly ESL instructors about everyday topics. This group is open to all adults who want more practice speaking English. The group will begin again in the fall.

WEDNESDAYS

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)/MOMSnext
MOPS and MOMSnext is a community of moms (pregnancy/adoption - sixth grade) from different walks of life who laugh together, and support and love each other like family. Please join us for our summer play dates on Valley’s playground 9:30 -11:30 AM on June 30, July 7, and August 4. No registration is required.

Rick Hillier's Men's Group (In Person)
This group of men meets weekly at Valley Avon in Room 337 at 6:30 p.m. New members are welcome!

Salisbury Area Group (In Person)
Led by Newt and Barbara Schoenly, this group meets every other Wednesday at 7 p.m.

THURSDAYS

Second Coming Prophecy (In Person and Online)
This group studies the amazing topic of the Second Coming of Christ. We don't know for certain the date of His return, but the Bible provides a detailed roadmap to this promise! The group is taking a break for the summer, but will return in the fall.

Litchfield Area Group (Online)
Led by Howard and Cathie Branch, this group meets at 7 p.m. on Zoom. We follow and dig deeper into the sermon series.

Avon Men's Group (Online)
Led by Scott Sobolewski, this Valley Men's group meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Young Women of the Word (In Person)
This group of young women meets at a private home in Farmington at 7 p.m. and is led by Denice Paul. Its focus is Bible Study, prayer, and fellowship.

Young Adults Group (In Person)
Led by Curtis and Megan Sanford, this group meets at 7:30 p.m. at a private home in Avon.

ESL Book Study (In Person)
This group is for all who want to improve their English and draw closer to God at the same time! The group will be studying "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren. The group is taking a break for the summer, but will return in the fall.

FRIDAYS

Bloomfied Area Group (Online)
Led by Steve and Carmen Tate, this group gathers on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. and is currently studying The Lord's Prayer. All are welcome!

Barkhamsted Area Group (Online)
Led by Kip and Robin Mentzer, this group meets on Zoom at 7 p.m. We have open discussions as we dive into God's Word.

Valley Women

Precept

This Tuesday morning women's Bible study, led by LuAnn Turbiak, meets in-person and at Valley Avon from 9:30-11:30 a.m. from September through May. The group has finished meeting for this season but will begin again in the fall.

Mothers of Preschoolers/MOMSnext

MOPS and MOMSnext is a community of moms (pregnancy/adoption - sixth grade) from different walks of life who laugh together, and support and love each other like family. We feature guest speakers, have brunch, do crafts, play games, have moms' nights out, play dates, and much more. We meet twice a month on Mondays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., September to May. The annual cost is $32. Childcare is available for children ages 5 and under for an additional fee. Scholarships are available. Registration will open in August.

Please join us for our summer play dates on Valley’s playground 9:30 -11:30 AM on June 30, July 7, and August 4. No registration is required.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Valley Men

Men's Groups

Wednesdays

Rick Hillier's Men's Group - In Person
This group of men meets weekly at Valley Avon in Room 337 at 6:30 p.m. New members are welcome!

Thursdays

Avon Men's Group (Online)
Led by Scott Sobolewski, this Valley Men's group meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Saturdays

Men's Bible Study - online
Ed Poff leads this online study for Valley men and friends. We meet Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. Sign up below and we'll get back to you with the online meeting link.

MEN'S Groups - SIGN UP HERE

Portuguese-Speaking Group

Led by Jairo Sousa, this group meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in person at a private home as well as online. The group is studying Philippians.

Sign up on the "adult groups" form

CARE GROUPS

The Valley Care ministry seeks to provide people with hope and support through the redeeming love and transforming power of God. Click on the bars below to learn more about each of these groups and events this fall, or go to our Valley Care page to learn more.

Celebrate Recovery

We all have our personal hurts, habits, and hang-ups. And sometimes they reach a point where they interfere with the life God has designed for us. That’s where Celebrate Recovery comes in.

We meet in person every Thursday at 7 p.m. at Valley Avon. There is no sign-up, commitment, or cost. Just show up and follow the signs.

Learn more about CR

DivorceCare

DivorceCare is a 13-session group that helps divorced people deal with the pain of separation and help you move on with your life. Our next session begins Monday, September 13, at 7pm at Valley Simsbury (3 Mill Pond Lane, Simsbury). The cost is $10. Registration opens in August.

GriefShare

Have you Lost a Spouse, or Know Someone Who Has?

Life has changed forever. The daily emotions and challenges can sometimes seem to hard to bear. Find help at our Loss of a Spouse Seminar.

Join us on Sunday, August 29, from 3-5 p.m. at Valley Avon in Room 206. The cost is $5.

Register Here

Have You Lost a Loved One? 

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.

Our next session of GriefShare begins Monday, September 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Avon. The cost is $15. Registration will open in August.


 learn more about griefshare

Ongoing Groups

For details and sign-ups for any of these ongoing groups, email Administrative Assistant Mary Swank.

email us for more information

Hearts With Hope: A group for moms who have lost a child. The group will begin meeting again in the fall.

Healing Prayer Service: Get prayer and encouragement from Valley leaders as you deal with your emotional or physical condition.  Contact Mary Swank for more information.

Called to Love: This group is for people struggling to love and support a family member who identifies as LGBTQ.

Faithful Hands: This group meets monthly and scatters to private homes to help with simple handiwork and odd jobs for people unable to complete them.

ValleyCare: Know of a job opportunity, or a place for someone to stay? ValleyCare connects such opportunities with people seeking employment or emergency lodging.

KIDS GROUPS

Valley Kids Clubs

Our Tuesday night clubs are for kids in Grades 1-4. GEMS (for girls) and BLAST! (for boys) are held in the building, following our indoor gathering requirements, from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Clubs include fun activities and songs, crafts, and workshop projects, as well as special speakers and events. Your kids will love our great videos and interactive Bible lessons.  

The cost remains the same: $35 per child for the entire year. Register your child below!

GEMS registrationBLAST! registration

STUDENT GROUPS

Wednesday Nights In Person

We'll gather for Riot (Middle School) and Synergy (High School) every Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m., beginning September 15. Riot and Synergy will be the usual combination of fun and faith, following our church's indoor gathering guidelines. We'll also have special nights planned specifically to bring a friend!

Currently, we're planning for middle school to utilize The Venue, Cafe, and Room 305 for Riot. High school will be in Fellowship Hall for Synergy.

Sign up to attend in person

Wednesday Nights Online

Prefer not to meet in person quite yet? No problem: We'll have Zoom gatherings every Wednesday, from 7-8:30 p.m., starting September 15. Our Zoom leaders will use the same ministry resources employed for in-person gathering.

sign up to attend online

College-Age Adults

This new group is for anyone of "college age," whether you are attending school or not. Let's gather to meet new people, share our faith, and have some fun! We meet Wednesday nights from 8:30-10 p.m. at Valley Avon. Just come by any Wednesday and say hi!

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