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Welcome

Welcome to Valley Community Baptist Church. We are one church in multiple locations with campuses in Avon and Bristol, CT. Our mission is to honor God and grow in Christ by worshipping God, equipping believers, bringing people to Christ and serving our neighbors. We would be honored to have you join us

Worship Service Times & Styles

Each weekend, there are six worship services in two locations: Sundays at 10 a.m. at Greene-Hills School in Bristol. Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 8, 9:30, and 11:15 a.m in the Sanctuary in Avon. There's also a service at 11:15 a.m. at the Avon Campus in The Venue. There are communal dinners on most Saturday and Tuesday evenings at the Avon Campus. We also meet as small groups and classes throughout the week.  We look forward to meeting you.

 

Locations

Avon: 590 West Avon Road, Avon, Connecticut. Get directions and contact information.

Bristol: 718 Pine Street, Bristol Connecticut. We meet at Greene-Hills School in Bristol.

Children & Students

We encourage families to worship together on the weekend, and then choose children's programs and communities for middle school and high school students. During the week, we offer age-specific clubs and gatherings for children, middle school and high school students

There are also special events like summer camps, student retreats and the family summit that will help children and parents grow in their relationships with each other and God.

Sermons

At Valley Community Baptist Church, we value knowing the truth of God and obeying His Word. Senior Pastor Jay Abramson is the lead teaching pastor. We invite you to listen to the latest sermon series.

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Valley Simsbury

 

ENGAGE AND CONNECT: DOWNLOAD THE APP

The Valley Simsbury App is more than just a useful tool. It's the portal for our entire covenant community! With the app, we can engage with our church family easier, go deeper in our learning, and support each other as we go about our mission of reaching others for Jesus in the spaces they live, work, and play. Enter they keywords "valley simsbury" in your app store, download, and explore today. 

 

Are you beating with the heart of God for people far from God?

If so, join us this fall as we become a family of believers who live on mission together and open the door for people to encounter the Kingdom of God out in the spaces we live, work, and play.

Impulse Series, Part II: "Gospel Fluency."  Join us beginning October 7 as our Impulse series continues with a focus on Gospel Fluency, based on the book by Jeff Vanderstelt.

 

 

Fall Overview:

Valley Simsbury launched in September for four months of weekly gatherings, usually meeting at Valley Avon on Saturdays from 4:45-6:15 p.m. in The Venue. Between now and the end of the year, we'll grow into a family of believers who orient our lives around helping people to connect with Jesus and discipleship in the spaces we live, work, and play. We will then move to a public launch in Simsbury in January, 2018. We refer to the fall gathering of believers as our "Covenant Community," which currently consists of more than 100 adults and kids. 

  

Children:

Valley Simsbury parents will utilize the computer check-in system used at Valley Avon. Please check in children before you join the worship gathering. If they are not already listed in classes, please visit the Children's Welcome Desk.

Celeste Borelli will oversee the children's class for Grades 1-5 this fall. Jenn Mizia and Eve Burtness will oversee classes for preschool through kindergarten. We ask that all children in Grades 1-5 join the worship gathering for the first 30 minutes and then be dimissed to Amp60, which will meet in the cafe. Preschool children can be dropped off at Room 302 as early as 4:35 p.m., or join our worship gathering until the Amp60 dismissal. At that time, parents will receive instructions about where to take there children. Given the nature of our teaching and discussion, we believe kids and adults will benefit most from the age-specific teaching environment during our Covenant Community period this fall.

 

Students:

 

What is "Valley Simsbury"? 

 

 

Frequently-Asked Questions

 

What is Valley Simsbury?

What is the new ministry approach?

What do you mean by “unchurched” and “de-churched”?

Why Simsbury?

Will there be worship services and growth groups for Christians?

What ministry will be offered for children and students?

Do I have to live in Simsbury to participate?

What will Valley Simsbury’s relationship be to Valley?

Will Valley Simsbury’s efforts inform what happens at Valley Avon and Valley Bristol?

How will Valley Simsbury be funded?

What kind of person are you looking for?

Where can I learn more? I’m interested in possibly joining.

 

 

What is Valley Simsbury?  The next step in Valley’s ongoing Grace & Mercy Vision, Valley Simsbury will pilot a new approach to ministry. Since our cultural landscape is quickly changing, we see great value in trying new methods to reach all people relationally with the grace and mercy of God in Hartford and Litchfield counties. 

What is the new ministry approach? There are two ends of the spectrum when we think of church models. At one end is the “attractional” model, where the church establishes growth and outreach environments and attracts people to them. Generally, Christians come to church and invite unbelievers to environments at the church. At the other end of the spectrum is the “missional” model. In this approach, the church seeks to engage the unchurched in the spaces where they live, work, and play, rather than inviting them to an event or program at a church location. Valley has a history of practicing both models at varying points on the spectrum. Valley Simsbury will lean toward a missional model to reach unchurched and de-churched people who are not likely to intentionally enter a church location. 

What do you mean by “unchurched” and “de-churched”? Unchurched people have rarely (if ever) visited a church and don’t know what goes on in a church building or service. Often, their perception of church comes from what they see in the media or in movies. Because these stereotypes are frequently negative, there exists a significant cultural gap for them to cross if they are to consider coming to a church building or service. De-churched people were once part of a church but no longer attend. This is a growing segment in America: people who have either had bad experiences with church or view it as irrelevant. These two terms (“unchurched” and “de-churched”) are important to Valley Simsbury because we will have a targeted focus on reaching these groups. 

Why Simsbury? Two years ago, after the Bristol Campus was launched and our Multisite Team began to pray about the next location, we sensed an inward leading of the Holy Spirit toward Simsbury. As we prayed and took steps to verify this call, it became clear that Simsbury provides a great hub for this new approach to ministry. A significant number of Valley attenders live in Simsbury and the surrounding communities, and we already see God working in the lives of Christians who are living missionally.

Will there be worship services and growth groups for Christians? Yes. The engines that drive congregations to maturity in Christ are biblical worship and discipleship. Simsbury will have regular worship services and growth groups, but those gatherings will occur in spaces well-known to the unchurched, and be planned with a focus on them. That being said, Valley Simsbury attenders will engage in inspiring worship, the Lord’s Supper, biblical preaching, real-life care and community, and the other important ingredients aligned with Valley’s vision and values, and critical to any New Testament congregation of believers. 

What ministry will be offered for children and students? When we gather to worship, we will engage children and students in different ways. This will include a mix of time together as an entire congregation, and an option of age-specific teaching. Initially, because of Simsbury’s proximity to the Avon Campus, families may participate in the midweek children and student programs if they choose. 

Do I have to live in Simsbury to participate? We envision Simsbury to be the location for many of our missional gatherings. However, we welcome people from surrounding communities who are called to this approach to ministry.

What will Valley Simsbury’s relationship be to Valley? Valley Simsbury will remain one in mission, vision, and values with Valley Community Baptist Church, and report to Valley’s executive leaders and Board of Elders. 

Will Valley Simsbury’s efforts inform what happens at Valley Avon and Valley Bristol?  Potentially. The focus of this pilot ministry is to try new approaches to reach people in our community. Any of these approaches that prove successful could help shape our overall Grace & Mercy strategy.

How will Valley Simsbury be funded? Initially, Valley Simsbury will be funded through the Grace and Mercy Campaign Fund. The planning will follow the financial budgeting process overseen by the Finance Committee and Board of Elders and approved annually by Valley’s congregation. 

What kind of person are you looking for? We value Christians with all different gifts, abilities, and backgrounds. A growing community of Christians cannot thrive with evangelists only, nor do we believe that evangelists are the only ones that should live missionally. We’re all called to make disciples and support each other as we do the work of the ministry.

Where can I learn more? I’m interested in possibly joining. Please email Valley Simsbury Pastor Mark Woof. Bookmark this page to find up-to-date information on upcoming meetings where you can engage in conversations and learn specifics about Valley Simsbury. 

     

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    WORSHIP GATHERINGS

    Our weekly gatherings are Saturdays at 4:45 p.m. in The Venue at the Avon Campus unless otherwise noted below. Childcare and an Amp60 age-appropriate learning is provided when in The Venue.

    On Saturday, October 28, we will meet off-site at 4:45 p.m. Location is TBA.

    On Saturday, November 25, our community will attend the "Simsbury Celebrates" event. Our worship gathering that weekend will be Sunday, November 26, at the Avon Campus (time TBA).

     

    key dates 

    Monday, October 23: All-Church prayer gathering at the Avon Campus, 6:30 p.m. Join attenders from Avon and Bristol as we pray for our church, community, and the world.

    Tuesday, November 21: All-Church Thanksgiving Service & Baptisms, 6:30 p.m., Avon Campus. 

    Saturday, November 25: Valley Simsbury will attend the annual "Simsbury Celebrates" festival. Stay tuned for more details from Mark.

     

    Fall Preview PDF

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    Other cONTACT POINTS

    Text Message Alerts! Text the word Simsbury to 860.365.8080. Just add your name and email on the link and you're ready to go!

     

    Valley Simsbury Facebook Page:

    Search “valley simsbury” on Facebook.

     

    Valley Simsbury Pastor

    Mark Woof

    860.673.6826 x116

    mwoof@valleycommunity.cc

     

     

    Ready to join?

    Help us prepare your spot by completing your prayer card information. We will print a card so our community can begin praying for you and it will also help us prepare properly for kids, teens, and adults.