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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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Bristol Campus

Join Us This Week!

 

SUNDAY | 10 a.m. | Greene-Hills School  |  718 Pine St.  |  Bristol, CT

Yeah, our Bristol Campus church meets in a gym. Sound strange? Perhaps, but we're informal, authentic and just trying to keep it real. Just like you. We have no pews, no hymnals, no steeples. We're a bunch of people getting together and getting closer to God through the Bible. As one of our new attendees said: "Valley is refreshingly modern, relaxed, and welcoming of everyone -- imperfections and all." So join us this week at Greene-Hills School in Bristol, Connecticut, even if you're not so much about this whole church thing. We believe God has a plan for you. There's a folding chair awaiting you in our gym.

 

What about my kids?

 

Our trained and background-checked volunteer teachers and helpers offer a great Children's Ministry program at our Bristol Campus. We offer age-appropriate learning environments for the smallest of babies up through fifth grade. Dedicated teachers for newborns/walkers, 2s and 3s, and Pre-K / Kindergartners will be ready for your children starting at 9:45 a.m.

Your first- through fifth-grader will enjoy some great music and prayer at the beginning of the service, then they will head over to their communities (or, if you prefer of course, they can stay for the message). We also have a Middle School Ministry during that time. If you have children in fifth grade or younger, allow yourself a few extra minutes so you can check them in if they're attending one of our terrific Children's Ministry areas. If you have questions about our children's programs, please contact Heather Desmond by email or at 860.673.6826 x117.

 

What should I expect? What should I wear?

 

We believe that every Sunday should start with a smile. Our experienced Welcome Desk volunteers are there to make sure you know where to go. If you have children, check them in, and then follow the crowd down to the school gym. Wear something totally comfortable or your "Sunday Best" -- doesn't matter to us! Your wardrobe, church background or politics don't matter to us. We're here to grow deeper in God and worship Jesus.

Our Campus Pastor, Chris DeArman, will gather all of us together and launch us into a time of praise and prayer. You can sing along with the live band or just consider the words on the screen. We'll have an offering time, but if you're visiting please just pass the plate on -- you're our guest and there's no pressure to do anything. We just invite you to have an open heart and consider what God might be saying to you on any given Sunday (or any day!).

After the service, there is a time of fellowship and community right there in the gym. Pastor Chris would love to meet you and say hi. Don't forget to pick up your kids first! 

 

Events and Connections

 

Bristol Campus

The entire congregation is always welcome at any Valley event. This column lists events and activities based in Bristol or designated as "all-church" events. 

 

JOURNEY THROUGH JAMES

Jeff Partridge facilitates a 12-week Francis Chan study on the book of James. Join in any time!

Details: Sundays at 9 a.m. in the library at Greene-Hills School.

Registration: None required.

 

VALLEY BRISTOL AT HOME EXPO

Last year, hundreds of people learned about "Church in a Gym" just by stopping by our booth at the Bristol Home & Business Expo at Bristol Eastern High School. We're going to share grace and mercy again this year at our exhibit February 18/19. Would you be willing to help "host" or assist in preparation and set-up? Email Chris DeArman if interested. And either way, make sure to stop by the booth if you're at the show!

 

WORLD OUTREACH WEEK

Learn about and celebrate the "Miraculous Movements" happening in the Muslim world, and explore how Valley's support of missionaries and outreach partners around the globe is both helping the need and spreading the Gospel. This year's Avon Campus "world tour" includes scenes from Egypt, Jordan, and France.

Details: March 18-26, with events in Avon and Bristol. Please visit our WOW page for a complete schedule and information.

Registration: The only event requiring registration is the Women's Missions Dinner on March 20, from 6-9 p.m. Registration coming soon!

 

SUMMER BIBLE CLUB

Registration is now OPEN for Summer Bible Club, for children from age 4 through fifth grade. Each year, between 350 and 400 students from the community attend Valley's summer camp. Once again, our Summer Bible Club will feature games, crafts, interactive Bible stories, age-appropriate application, snacks, and fun dance-along music to expend some of that daytime energy!

Details: Camp is  June 26-30, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Children must be age 4 by Dec. 31, 2016 to participate. The cost is $35 per child. Summer Bible Club takes place on the church grounds at our Avon Campus, located at 590 West Avon Road. Please visit our WOW page for more information.

 

BRISTOL MEN "MICRO-GROUPS"

Get together regularly with 3-5 other guys to share the ups and downs of life and work, and spend rich time together in the Word.

Details: Groups meet about twice per month.

Registration: Email Pastor Chris if you're interested in joining (or starting) a group.

 

GROWTH GROUPS

There are Growth Groups currently meeting in Bristol and new groups will be launching. To get plugged into a group, check out what's available in your area.

 

Meet Our Campus Pastor

Chris DeArman and his family joined the Valley staff in July 2013. 

He and his wife, Sonya, and their three daughters live in Farmington. 

As Campus Pastor, Chris loves Valley's heart to reach the people of Hartford and Litchfield counties with the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. He sees the multisite campuses as a great way to take Jesus to communities. 

Originally from Alabama, Chris is an avid sports fan, particularly the Crimson Tide.

He loves to run, read, drink coffee and spend time with his family. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Chris DeArman

Campus Pastor

860.673.6826 x129      

Twitter: @ChrisDeArman

 

Paul Semanski

Associate Director, Children's Ministry

860.673.6826 x113

 

Serve

Get plugged into our campus by serving on one of our volunteer teams. If interested, contact Pastor Chris by email or at 860.673.6826 x129.

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  • Children

  • Worship

  • Outreach

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