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Gospel Identity
Sunday mornings at 10:45 April 3- June 12 in Room 209

This inter-generational group will encourage rich conversation about our Identity in Christ.  Explore how the gospel offers a unique identity to followers of Christ and learn spiritual practices that foster a gospel identity.  Using resources from Tim Keller’s Gospel Identity Conference, explore what it means to live a life in Christ- together. Led by Rachel Calhoun. No registration is necessary.

Why Join a Group?

Our church's vision is to impact our world for Christ, and one of the four ways we do that is to Join a Group. (The others are: Worship God, Serve Others, Share Jesus).

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.

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.


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ADULT GROUPS: AGES 20+ TO 100+

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 $42 for the year. Childcare for ages 5 and under available for an additional fee. Scholarships are available. Click here to sign up.

Wednesdays

Morning Study: Jo McCurdy and Sandy Martin lead this group, which meets biweekly in New Hartford at 10 a.m. 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 gather 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! 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.

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.

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:

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Sundays at 9am

Metamorphose - For adults 40 and above. Led by Brian Herrman online at 9 a.m. 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 - For adults 40 and above. Led by Mike and Renee Margolis online at 9 a.m. The 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.  ***This group is taking a few weeks off. Please contact us at if you'd like to join this group.

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.

Sundays at 10:45 am

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 BLESS along with Pastor Rob's 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.

Sunday afternoon/evening

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 and will be studying BLESS along with Pastor's Rob's sermon series.

Mondays

Litchfield small group: Howard and Cathie Branch lead this group that follows the sermon series. They are currently meeting online. Please send an email to . for the log-in information.

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 of 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, meets at 6:15 p.m. at Valley Avon.

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 lead this group at a private home at 6:30 p.m.

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

Thursdays

Community Bible Study: This local chapter of the national CBS organization gathers at Valley and online Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. 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. The group will be studying BLESS along with Pastor Rob's sermon series. 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

Worship nights happen on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for amazing worship, yummy snacks, and fellowship to help you get and stay connected.

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 May 19. 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.

"Connect Time"

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. Join us in Fellowship Hall this Sunday!

CARE GROUPS: FOR ALL ADULTS

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, 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. beginning March 7, at Valley Simsbury Headquarters (3 Mill Pond Lane, Simsbury).  Book cost is $10. 

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GriefShare

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

Friendship Community - This group is for adults with diverse abilities (special needs). Together we will study God's word, pray, worship, and just enjoy being together. The group meets in-person Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the Cafe beginning May 10. Please contact Mary Swank to register for this group.

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 February 7.

Faithful Hands: This group meets monthly on the 2nd Saturday 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.

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 KIDS (GRADES 1-4)

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: $15 per child for a half year. Register your child below!

GEMS registrationBLAST! registration

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