Fall at Valley

Your Complete Fall Guide!

This fall, we invite you and your family to worship, gather, serve, and care for one another as we make and multiply disciples together. Scroll through this page, which is organized by ministry area, or just jump to the area you want via the menu above.

SPECIAL ALL-CHURCH EVENTS

Christian Illusionist Show: David Laflin and family return for a special evening of "Tricks and Truth." The tricks will be mind-bending; the truths will be gospel-affirming! This performance is for the entire family. The show is Friday, October 29, at 7 p.m. at Avon High School. Tickets are limited, so get yours today! The cost is $8 for those 16 and over, $5 for kids ages 3-15. Children 2 and under are free but require a ticket. Masks will be required for everyone when inside the school.

click here to buy tickets

"Make a Difference" Month: Ready to make a difference in the lives of others this holiday season? From November 1-22, we'll contribute our time and treasures to help refugees, bring a smile to a child's face at home and around the world, and more. Details coming soon!

Thanksgiving Service & Baptisms: This annual night of inspiration is Tuesday, November 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Are you interested in getting baptized at the service? The class is November 15.

Sign Up for the Baptism Class

WORSHIP ARTS

Worship Service Schedule

Saturdays at 5 p.m. (In Person)

Contemporary worship service in the Sanctuary. Valley Kids Church for kids 3 years old and younger.  Dinner follows the service in Fellowship Hall, available for $8 (adults) and $5 (kids), with a $32 family maximum.

Sundays at 9 a.m. (In Person)

Contemporary worship service in the Sanctuary. Valley Kids Church for infants-Grade 4.

Sundays at 9 a.m. (Online)

Our online service is on the move! We will now offer a livestream of the 9 a.m. Contemporary worship service at our Church Online site and Facebook page.

Sundays at 10:45 a.m. (In Person)

Blended worship service in the Sanctuary. Valley Kids Church for infants-Grade 4.

Gathering Guidelines

Out of love for one another, we ask all Valley attendees and guests to abide by our gathering guidelines, subject to change as fall progresses. Thanks for your cooperation.

Our gathering guidelines

Worship Arts Auditions

We are always looking for the next member of our Worship Team, choir, orchestra, or other contributor to our musical offerings during worship! It's a fantastic way of serving using your performing arts talents.

We schedule auditions on an individual basis throughout the year. Just click the button below to let us know you're interested, and we'll get back to you for a conversation!

Click here to schedule an audition

VALLEY 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 new 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 Children's Check-In Desk when you arrive at church, and we'll get you signed in.

Saturday at 5 p.m.: Chidcare for kids 3 and under. 

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.

Online: Our weekly Zoom class for children in Grades 1-4 is Sundays at 9:30 a.m. To access the link, email

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 from 6:15-7:45 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

"Tricks & Truth" Christian Illusionist Show

Tickets Available Now

David Laflin and family return for a special evening of "Tricks and Truth." The tricks will be mind-bending; the truths will be gospel-affirming! This performance is for the entire family. The show is Friday, October 29, at 7 p.m. at Avon High School. Tickets are limited, so get yours today! The cost is $8 for those 16 and over, $5 for kids ages 3-15. Children 2 and under are free but require a ticket. Tickets are general admission and masks will be required for everyone when inside the school.

click here to buy tickets

More Kid Stuff!

Serve in Valley Kids

Serve in Valley Kids: Help children come to know and follow Jesus! Valley Kids is looking for volunteers to help in the classroom, at the check-in desk, and behind the scenes. If you have a heart for kids, there’s a place for you! Email Caroll at .

Childcare Workers Needed

We’re looking for paid childcare help for various adult programs and classes this fall. If you’re interested in applying, email Michele at .

VALLEY STUDENTS (GRADES 5-12, COLLEGE AGE)

Valley Students is now composed of four groups: Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, High School, and College-Age.

Wednesday Night is Student Night!

Students take over the building on Wednesdays once more this year! Our new Grade 5-6 Wednesday night group is called "Root 56." Students in Grades 7-8 will attend Riot, and high school groups will gather for Synergy. It all starts Wednesday, September 15, at 7 p.m. at Valley Avon. For more information, check the weekly Students email or go to our Valley Students page. Register below for any of the three groups!

Sign Up for Wednesday Student Groups

Grades 5-6

Sunday Morning Groups

We invite all Grade 5-6 students to spend an hour in worship and an hour with each other for a terrific Sunday morning experience! The schedule:

9 a.m.: Worship in the Sanctuary; Grade 5-6 group in Room 206
10:15 a.m.: "Connect Time" in Room 305
10:45 a.m.: Worship in the Sanctuary; Grade 5-8 group in Room 305

Root 56

We're excited to welcome our new Grade 5 and Grade 6 kids to Valley Students this year! Please join us September 15, at 7 p.m. for "Root 56" -- our first awesome Wednesday night gathering.

Text Alerts

Text alerts are a great way for students to remember what’s going on (and quite helpful for parents, to remind their students about what’s going on!). Please take 10 seconds and sign up today! Grades 5-6: Text ms56 to 860.365.8080.

Grades 7-8

Sunday Morning Groups

We invite all Grade 7-8 students to spend an hour in worship and an hour with each other for a terrific Sunday morning experience! The schedule:

9 a.m.: Worship in the Sanctuary; Grade 7-8 group in Room 305
10:15 a.m.: "Connect Time" in Room 305
10:45 a.m.: Worship in the Sanctuary; Grade 5-8 group in Room 305

Riot

Our first Riot night is Wednesday, September 15, at 7 p.m. at Valley Avon. We'll see you there!

Text Alerts

Text alerts are a great way for students to remember what’s going on (and quite helpful for parents, to remind their students about what’s going on!). We have new text groups tis year, so please take 10 seconds and sign up today! Grades 7-8: Text ms78 to 860.365.8080.

High School

Sunday Morning Groups

We invite all high school students to spend an hour in worship and an hour with each other for a terrific Sunday morning experience! The schedule:

9 a.m.: Worship in the Sanctuary; high school group in the Cafe
10:15 a.m.: "Connect Time" in the Cafe
10:45 a.m.: Worship in the Sanctuary; high school group in the Valley Students office

Synergy

Our first Synergy night is Wednesday, September 15, at 7 p.m. at Valley Avon. We'll see you there!

Text Alerts

Text alerts are a great way for students to remember what’s going on (and quite helpful for parents, to remind their students about what’s going on!). We have new text groups tis year, so please take 10 seconds and sign up today! High School: Text hs912 to 860.365.8080.

College-Age Adults

This group is for anyone of "college age," whether you are attending school or not. Currently we're gathering once per month for Young Adult Worship Nights at Valley Avon. The next one is October 14. Click here for more information on this group.

VALLEY ADULTS

If you’re not yet part of a group -- or aren’t sure where to start -- just email us at .

Valley Women

Mondays

Exercise and Fitness Group: This nutrition and fitness class is Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Valley Avon. The class includes a moderate to challenging workout that requires participants to bring weights and a floor mat. All fitness levels are welcome. No registration required.

MOPS/MOMSnext: Just for moms, this group meets twice a month to laugh, support, and love each other like family. Activities include guest speakers, brunch, crafts, games, and even occasional nights out. The group meets two Mondays per month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Women who are pregnant/adopting through moms of Grade 6 kids are welcome. Cost is $60 for the year. Childcare for ages 5 and under available for an additional fee. Scholarships are available. Click here to sign up.

Tuesdays

"The Tabernacle": Begins Tuesday, October 26. This group utilizes the book “The Tabernacle". LuAnn Turbiak leads the group at 9:30 a.m. in Room 206. This six-session video-based study is about the biblical Tabernacle. Learn more about this movable tent of meeting in the wilderness of Sinai where God dwelt with His people. You will learn how every article and ritual within the Tabernacle points to Jesus Christ. 

Click here to sign up.

"Discerning the Voice of God": This group utilizes the book “Discerning the Voice of God.”  Mary Swank leads the group at 6:15 p.m. We'll explore a more intimate relationship with God -- one that can make hearing His will, His heart, and His voice an ongoing experience. Cost is $20. Free childcare for ages 5 and under. Click here to sign up.

Wednesdays

Morning Study: This group will work through the book “You'll Get Through This” by Max Lucado. Jo McCurdy and Sandy Martin will lead this group, which meets biweekly in New Hartford beginning September 22 at 10 a.m. Book cost is $9. Click here to sign up.

Thursdays

Young Women's Group:  This small group just for women ages 20-35 meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. The group gathers at a private home in Farmington to study God's Word, pray, and nourish meaningful friendship. Click here to sign up.

Valley Men

Tuesdays

Men's small groups are being formed for Tuesday mornings (6 a.m.) and evenings (6:15 p.m.). We will discuss our many challenges over the past year, and identify how to overcome those hurdles as we grow in Christ, connect with other guys, and strengthen our church! We're studying "Anxious for Nothing" by Max Lucado. Join us in the Fellowship Hall.

Wednesdays

Portuguese-Speaking Group: This group for men, led by Jairo Sousa, meets at 7:30 p.m. at a private home in Avon beginning September 15.

Thursdays

Small group in Avon: This group meets weekly at a private home in Avon at 6:30 p.m. Led by Scott Sobolewski, the group will study James.

Saturdays

Small group in Avon: This group meets in person and online at 8 a.m. Led by Ed Poff, the group will study the book "40 Days of Prayer", by Rick Warren.

Faithful Hands: 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, then goes out for two hours assisting with household and/or yard work, building relationships as they serve. Even serving occasionally helps! For more information, contact the Care Ministry office at 860.673.6826 or email Mary Swank

Mixed Groups

Unless otherwise indicated, sign up for any of the mixed group classes by clicking this link:

sign up for a group

Sundays

Metamorphose - Small group at Valley Avon.: For adults 40 and above. Led by Brian Herrman, this group will go through Acts. If you are interested in connecting with this community remotely, please email and we will put you in touch with the group leader to get the online meeting detail.

Mid-Life - Small group at Valley Avon.: For adults 40 and above. Led by Mike and Renee Margolis.  This 9 a.m. group will be reading the book "The Sacred Overlap" by JW Briggs and participate in engaging conversation. If you are interested in connecting with this community remotely, please email and we will put you in touch with the group leader to get the online meeting detail.

Drawing Closer to Him - Small group at Valley Avon: For adults 40 and above. Led by Ed and Sherry Poff, this 9 a.m. group will study 1 Corinthians, going more in-depth into Pastor Rob's weekly sermon series. If you are interested in connecting with this community remotely, please email and we will put you in touch with the group leader to get the online meeting detail.

OWLS - Small group at Valley Avon: For Senior adults. Led by Pastor Skip Eggimann, this 9 a.m. group will study the book, "Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion" by Anne Graham Lotz.

Seasons - Small group at Valley Avon:  For all adults. Led by Steve Tate, Warren Humphrey, and Rob Scott, this 10:45 a.m. group will study "Anxious for Nothing" by Max Lucado. If you are interested in connecting with this community remotely, please email and we will put you in touch with the group leader to get the online meeting detail.

Class at Valley Avon: For all married couples. Led by Bill and Joan Maver, this 10:45 a.m. group is called "Intimacy With God and Others." Over 10 weeks, discover the deepest part of our being (our heart), how it impacts our relationship with God and others, and how we can experience fulfillment and intimacy in those relationships. The class will be held in the Library.

Small group in Canton: Led by Warren Humphrey, Deborah Humphrey, and Art Holden, this 4 p.m. group will meet at a private home in Canton.

Small group at Valley Avon: Led by Jeannine deLivron, this 6:30 p.m. group will meet on the first and third Sundays of the month in Room 209.

Mondays

Torrington small group: John and Anne Busa will lead this class at a private home at 6:30 p.m.  There is a Zoom option available and can be requested by sending an email to  .  

West Simsbury Prayer Group - Let’s pray! Join others in worship and petition as they call on God in a time silent, corporate, and scriptural prayer. We meet Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Ed and Julie Lebo, and Carol Ingram, 24 Old Farms Rd, West Simsbury. All are welcome!

Tuesdays

"Second Coming Prophecy": This class, led by Bob Sullivan, will begin September 14 at 6:15 p.m. at Valley Avon.

"Principles of Parenting": This 8-week class for parents meets at 6:15 p.m. at Valley Avon in Room 337. Geoff and Laurie Swanson, will lead the group using Paul David Tripp's book: "Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family."

ESL Class: Learn conversational English by talking with our friendly instructors about everyday topics. This class is free and meets at 6:15 p.m. in the Library, as well as online. Click here to register for the ESL class.

Wednesdays

Burlington small group: Tom and Liz Cornish will lead this group at a private home at 6:30 p.m.

Salisbury small group: Newt and Barbara Schoenly will lead this group at a private home at 7 p.m.

Thursdays

Litchfield small group: Howard and Cathie Branch will lead this group at a private home at 7 p.m., studying 1 Corinthians in conjunction with the sermon series.

Community Bible Study: This local chapter of the national CBS organization gathers at Valley and online Thursdays at 9:15 a.m., beginning September 23. This year we will study Revelation, Philemon, 1-3 John, and Jude. Click here to go to the CBS website for more information and to sign up. 

Fridays

"Sanford and Suns":  This group is for couples or single parents, from 6-7:30 p.m. We enjoy dinner together, followed by a study for adults and childcare for kids. We'll be studying along with the current sermon series, as well as focusing on topics relevant to married couples and parents.

Bloomfield small group:  We are a mixed group of adults who meet in-person and via Zoom on Friday nights to help each other to follow Jesus. In our study, we are going deeper on the topic of the Sunday messages. We always welcome new people! To request the Zoom option, send an email to 

Barkhamstead small group: Kip and Robin Mentzer lead this group at a private home at 7 p.m. There is a Zoom option available and can be requested by sending an email to 

Saturdays

Small group at Valley Avon: Led by Paul and Stacey Sullivan, this 7 p.m. group will study Acts.

Young Adults

Worship Nights

Monthly Worship Nights: Young Adult Worship Nights are back! Join us for food and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall, followed by music-filled worship in the Sanctuary. Worship Nights are 7-10 p.m. Next dates: November 4, December 2. No sign-up necessary!

Small Groups

Sunday Morning Group: For all young adults, single or married. Lead by Sean Coughlin, this small group meets at 10:45 a.m. in the Café. Currently studying the “Life of Christ” by Irvin Jensen.

Wednesday Night Group: Led by Caezar Ilaya and Zachary Lobman, this small group will meet at a private home in Newington at 6:30 p.m., studying 1 Corinthians.

Senior Adults

Sunday Morning Group

Valley’s Senior Adults group gathers Sundays at 9 a.m. in the Library. Pastor Skip Eggimann leads a study on the Holy Spirit called "Jesus in Me" by Anne Graham Lotz.

Senior Adult Luncheons

Always a popular midweek event, our next Senior Adult Luncheon will be Thursday, November 18, at noon at the church. We are so blessed to be honoring our veterans this month!
Along with our program we will enjoy a delicious lunch and lots of fellowship. Please RSVP to . or call the Care Ministry office 860.673.6826 xt 108.

Fall Sermon Series

“Choosing Wisely When Culture Clashes” will take us back to the city of Corinth to help us understand how to navigate today’s crazy world. Join Pastor Rob for his new series, based out of 1 Corinthians, each weekend in person or online.

New: "Connect Time"

God made us for relationship, but sometimes we completely miss connecting with each other on a busy Sunday morning at church. That has changed this fall!

We enjoy an all-church “Connect Time” from 10:15-10:30 a.m. every Sunday. It's a quick window to make new connections, renew old ones, grab some food, and have some fun. But Connect Time isn’t just one place – it’s three spots around the building:

Fellowship Hall

Enjoy light refreshments and coffee, great conversation, and perhaps meet somebody new. This is the place for maximum mingling!

Cafe

Students, head down the hallway to the Café for 15 chill minutes of food, friends, phones, and laughs!

Welcome Desk

First time at Valley? Got a question about the church? Go to the Welcome Desk near the front doors.

VALLEY CARE

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. Come early for food and fellowship at 6:15 p.m. There is no sign-up, commitment, or cost. Just show up and follow the signs.

Learn more about CR

DivorceCare

This 13-week group is for people dealing with the hurt and pain of divorce. Don't go through this life-changing experience alone! We meet Mondays at    7 p.m. at Valley Simsbury Headquarters (3 Mill Pond Lane, Simsbury).  Book cost is $10. 

sign up for divorcecare

GriefShare

Special Event - GriefShare: Surviving The Holidays - Sunday, November 14, 3-5:15 p.m. Cost: $8  Refreshments will be served.

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?

Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn:

  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • What to do about traditions and other coming changes
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • How to discover hope for your future

You’ll be welcomed by warm, caring people who understand what you are going through and who want to help.

Sign up for Surviving The Holidays

GRIEFSHARE - 13-week Care Group

This care group helps people who are mourning the death of a family member or friend. We meet Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in Room 206 at Valley Avon. Cost is $15. For more information, email Mary at .

sign up here learn more about griefshare

 

Ongoing Groups

For details or to sign up for any of these wonderful ongoing groups, email Administrative Assistant Mary Swank.

email us for more information

Hearts With Hope: A group for moms who have lost a child. We meet the second Thursday of the month in room 206 at Valley Avon.

Healing Prayer Service: Get prayer and encouragement from Valley leaders as you deal with your emotional or physical condition.  The next Service is November 1.

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. The next work morning is November 12.

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

VALLEY OUTREACH

At Valley, we actively reach out to our neighbors in the community and around the world to share Christ's message of love and hope, and to "go and make disciples of all nations." 
Learn more about Valley's mission to pray, give, and go!

Human Trafficking Awareness Forum | October 7

Valley Outreach is hosting an expert panel seminar coordinated by The Underground, one of our regional Outreach partners. The event is Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Free; no RSVP required.

ESL Class

Learn conversational English by talking with our friendly instructors about everyday topics. This class is free and meets Tuesdays in the Library, as well as online.

Register Here

Membership Class | November 1 - 15

Become a member of Valley over the course of three weeks ... We’ll gather Monday evenings, November 1 - 15, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Room 332.

sign up for the class

what does membership mean?

World Outreach Weekend | November 6-7

Our annual fall weekend focusing on World Outreach will be November 6-7. We’ll introduce our new World Outreach theme for the year, hear a guest speaker, and discover how your World Outreach Giving is spreading the gospel around the world.

G-ZN5TKPBW5N