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Fall at Valley

We're flexing this fall!

The opening of fall ministry is always a joyous time at Valley, and this September we invite you and your family to worship, gather, serve, and care for one another as we make and multiply disciples together. This fall is a time of flexing, as well -- you'll see a lot of familiar events, but everything will be a little different, too. Read more about that below, as an introduction to this page, which serves as your complete and latest guide to everything happening at Valley this fall.

How We Will Flex Together

This fall at Valley, we will ... 

Flex in how we worship. We'll start the fall worshipping three ways: indoors, outdoors, and online. When the weather gets too cold, we'll move back indoors.

Flex in how we gather. Some events will be at the church, some online,  and some at other sites and homes.

Flex in how we serve. Church is different now, and so is how we serve. There's a role for everybody, whether you're in the building, at home, or in your neighborhood.

Flex in how we care. You flexed wonderfully this summer to care for our neighbors, community, and each other. We're going to build on that by demonstrating God's love with compassion and understanding, even when it's difficult -- and always with Jesus front and center.

Worship Service Plan

As always, worship plans are subject to change based on COVID-19 guidelines, weather, and more. This is our plan for the start of fall, and we'll flex as needed! As usual, full resources and worship resources for kids and students will be available on our Worship page.

Saturdays at 5 p.m. (Indoors)

Indoor worship in the Sanctuary. Reservations required. Masks required. Contemporary music style. No in-person Valley Kids Church.

Sundays at 9 a.m. (Outdoors)

Outdoor worship in the parking lot. Reservations required. Masks optional, but encouraged when singing boldly. Contemporary music style. Valley Kids Church for infants-Grade 5 indoors (separate reservation required). 

Sundays at 10:30 a.m. (Online)

Online worship on Facebook and Church Online. Contemporary music style. Valley Kids Church for Grades 1-5 online at 9:30 a.m. 

Sundays at 11 a.m. (Outdoors)

Outdoor worship in the parking lot. Reservations required. Masks optional, but encouraged when singing boldly. Blended music style. No in-person Valley Kids Church.

Special Events

Congregational Meeting: September 20

Our quarterly meeting will include important updates from Valley Avon and Valley Simsbury as fall ministry begins.

Click here for details

The Bridge to Racial Unity: September 27

Racial division and segregation have hindered the prayer Jesus prayed for all believers. Be the Bridge that creates conversation to tear down barriers that divide people. Join this nine-week study to help us make Valley a place of real unity in Christ! More than 40 people attended the summer session. We begin Sunday, September 27, at 12:30 p.m. in person at Valley Avon. Workbook Cost: $10.

sign up here

Gathering Guidelines

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

WELCOME BACK!

We Missed You!

EVENTS & INFORMATION: KIDS

We're excited to be returning to limited in-person Valley Kids Church this fall! But we will continue to offer plenty of resources to assist you in discipling your kids at home, too. Here's the rundown.

Valley Kids Church In Person: 9 a.m. Sundays

During the 9 a.m. Sunday outdoor service, Valley Kids Church for infants-Grade 5 will take place in the building. The classes will run the entirety of the service.

Make sure you sign up for Outdoor Worship at 9 a.m.; then sign up your children at the link below.

Check-in will take place inside the building. Masks are required for kids ages 6 and up; optional for 5 and under. We have all the proper COVID-19 precautions in place to ensure the experience is safe as possible for children, teachers, and helpers. We hope to see you!

sign up for valley kids church



Valley Kids Church on Zoom: 9:30 a.m. Sundays

Get the same great teaching and lessons at our live Sunday online classes! We gather on Zoom every Sunday morning at 9:30, and end before the 10:30 Valley online worship service.

To receive the Zoom link and password for your child's class, simply email Lois Hales at .

Valley Kids Church at Home

We'll continue to post great curriculum and resources for kids of all ages on our Worship page. All material -- including video lessons, activity sheet downloads, and more -- will be available on Saturdays. Utilize whatever resources you'd like, whenever you'd like!

Go to the Worship page

Sign Up Now for Tuesday Clubs

Our Tuesday night clubs for kids in Grades 1-5 will begin October 13. GEMS (for girls) and BLAST! (for boys) will be held in the building, following our in-person gathering requirements, from 6:15-7:45 p.m. The cost is still just $35per child, per year.

Clubs will 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

EVENTS & INFORMATION: STUDENTS

A modified version of our Wednesday night events return, but we also have a new online option at the same time! We're requesting that you register either way so we can plan accordingly.

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 16. 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 16. Our Zoom leaders will use the same ministry resources employed for in-person gathering.

sign up to attend online

Weekend Worship

Middle school and high school students are encouraged to worship with parents or family members each week at one of our indoor or outdoor services, or online. A fun and useful notes sheet is provided weekly on the Worship page.

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!

EVENTS & INFORMATION: ADULTS

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


Groups

Valley offers dozens of opportunities for adults to gather in community: connecting, studying, and growing in faith. This fall, those groups will meet in various ways -- in person, online, and sometimes both! For more information and details on Valley's groups, email Administrative Assistant Mary Swank.

Mixed Adult Groups

Join a Group (Listed by Day)


SUNDAYS

Seasons (Online)
Currently meeting online via Zoom at 9 a.m. Sundays and studying the "Psalm 23" video series by Matt Chandler.

Metamorphose (Online)
Currently meeting online via Zoom at 9 a.m. Sundays and studying the "1 Peter " video series by Kyle Idleman.

Empty-Nesters (Online)
Currently meeting online via Zoom at 9 a.m. Sundays, led by Ed and Sherry Poff.

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

Avon Area Group (In Person)
Al Fosberry will lead this group, meeting in the church building beginning September 14 at 7 p.m. We'll focus on the Gospel of John.

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

WEDNESDAYS

Parents of Students Group (In Person)
The first meeting will be September 23 at the Dyer Home (23 Westland Road in Avon); the group will meet at Valley Avon on every other Wednesday beginning October 7. All gatherings will be 7-8:30 p.m.

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! We'll meet starting September 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Avon and streaming online.

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.

FRIDAYS

Bloomfied Area Group (Online)
Led by Steve and Carmen Tate, this group gathers on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. We're currently studying the Fruits of the Spirit.

Barkhamsted Area Group (Online and In Person)
Led by Kip and Robin Mentzer, this group has been meeting on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. but plans to also meet in person soon. We have open discussions as we dive into God's Word.

Valley Women

Precept: Tuesdays

This Tuesday morning women's Bible study, led by LuAnn Turbiak, meets at Valley Avon from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The title of our fall session is: "Nehemiah: Rebuilding, Revival, and Restoration of the People of God." Workbook cost: $12.

sign up for precept

Morning Bible Study: Oct. 14

Join Heather James on Wednesdays beginning October 14 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. as we dive into Romans 8 together. Our guide will be the book "If God Is For Us" by Trillia Newbell. Book cost is $11 (purchase before the study begins).

email heather james for more information

sign up for morning bible study

Mothers of Preschoolers: Sept. 21

MOPS is a community of moms from different walks of life who laugh together, support each other, and love each other like family. MOPS features guest speakers, craft nights, wonderful connection, and much more at our twice-monthly gatherings. We begin Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m. Annual cost is $31.95.

sign up for mops

Women of the Bible: Sept. 28

Join the conversation as we focus on women in Scripture – women whose struggles to live with faith and courage are not unlike our own. We will be using the book “Women of the Bible” by Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda.

This group will meet Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m beginning September 28. You can join us in person or online! 

sign up for in-person or online group

Valley Men

Valley Men Kickoff: Sept. 26

All men are invited to this Saturday morning kickoff event, 8-9 a.m. at Valley Avon. Come hear about the plans we have this year for men's ministry, see old friends, and welcome new guys to the group!

SIGN UP for the men's kickoff event

Men's Bible Study: Saturdays

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.

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

Classes

Starting Point: Oct. 4

Are you new to a relationship with Jesus Christ? Or returning to church after having been away for a while? Maybe you're just curious about God, Jesus, the Bible, or Christianity. Starting Point is a gathering where your questions turn into a conversation. A place where you can explore your doubts and thoughts about faith, free from pressure and judgement.

Starting Point will meet online Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. for eight weeks beginning October 4. Take this opportunity to discuss your questions with others who are on the same journey!

Register for Starting Point

Baptism Class: Sept. 26

Is it time? Are you a follower of Jesus but never felt compelled to take this important faith step? Our class helps explain what baptism is (an outward expression of the inner change that happens when you become a follower of Jesus), and help you determine if you're ready! 

SIGN UP FOR BAPTISM

Bridge to Racial Unity: Sept. 27

Racial division and segregation have hindered the prayer Jesus prayed for all believers. Be the Bridge that creates conversation to tear down barriers that divide people. Join this nine-week study to help us make Valley a place of real unity in Christ! More than 40 people attended the summer session. We begin Sunday, September 27, at 12:30 p.m. in person at Valley Avon. Workbook Cost: $10.

sign up here

EVENTS & INFORMATION: 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. 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. The next group will meet in person Mondays at 7 p.m. beginning September 14 at Valley Simsbury (3 Mill Pond Lane, Simsbury). Space is limited. Workbook cost: $10

Sign up hereLearn more about DivorceCare

GriefShare

GriefCare is a 13-session group that helps people who are mourning the loss of a family member or friend. The next group will meet in person Mondays at 6:30 p.m. beginning September 14 at Valley Avon. Space is limited. Workbook cost: $15.

sign up here 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 next meeting is September 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Healing Prayer Service: Get prayer and encouragement from Valley leaders as you deal with your emotional or physical condition.  The next Service is October 5.

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.

EVENTS & INFORMATION: OUTREACH

At Valley, we actively reach out to our neighbors in the local community and beyond 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!

Prayer with Global Partners

Sunday, September 27 at Noon 

Join us for a ministry update and time of prayer with our Global Partners who serve in South Asia. This in-person event will be held outside in the courtyard at Valley Avon, weather permitting. Pre-registration is required.

REGISTER

World Outreach Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, November 7-8 

Join us for our annual World Outreach Weekend as we explore this year's theme, Suffering Church, Triumphant Church.
 
Hear from our special guest speaker, David Cashin, Professor of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University, and participate in a variety of events where you'll meet some of Valley's Global Partners and learn how you can join in our mission to pray, give, and go.

More details coming soon!