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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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WOW 2016 Today

Saturday, April 9

 

It's Faith Promise weekend. You can make your Faith Promise on the card provided in services, clicking the button on the Valley App, or simply click here to go to the form.

You can still take the WOW Tour at Avon Campus! Just come to the entrance area right after any of the services. 

 

Friday, April 8

 

The Kids Alive International 100th Anniversary celebration was a fantastic event, with cheers and tears over what God has done through this ministry over the past 100 years. Here's new KAI President Matt Parker talking about the group's vision as it continues to partner closely with Valley:

 

 

Big Finish for World Outreach Week!

  • Saturday morning, join Charlie Conley from Pioneers and Pastor Chris at Greene-Hills School for a special Bristol Campus WOW prayer breakfast. It starts at 9 a.m. and it's free.
  • Charlie will also be speaking at the Faithful Hands gathering at 7:30 a.m. in Room 206 at Avon Campus.
  • Has all this information about missions stirred something in your heart? Join Ryan Elliott for a special lunch Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in Room 206. "Is Missions In My Future?" is the topic, and the lunch is free. 
  • And at all our services, it's Faith Promise weekend, with a special message from Pastor Jay and an opportunity to consider how we as a church will support our 40 missionaries advancing God's kingdom and providing help to the needy around the world and here in central Connecticut.

 

Thursday, April 7

 

Ryan Elliott was the featured speaker at the prayer breakfast. Ryan works for Cru at the University of Miami (Ohio). He said that Matthew 28:18-20 is the verse that propels Cru:

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age."

Cru's goal is to develop Christ-centered laborers for a lifetime. It's a three-step process: Win, Build, Send. One example Ryan spoke of was a former student whose fraternity was witnessed to. He joined Cru's campus staff and now serves in the Middle East. 

Cru's efforts at Miami University (Ohio) resulted in 57 new first-time decisions for Jesus in 2015. Your Faith Promise helped make that possible! 

Prayer concerns for Ryan and Cru:

  • Praise that 20 students went to Montenegro on spring break and three Montenegrin students became followers of Jesus.
  • Need to train 106 students who are participating in a trip this summer.
  • Pray that God would raise up 100 evangelistic leaders at Miami to reach next year's freshman class.
  • Pray for Ryan and Laura about the next steps in their ministry and lives.

 

Wednesday, April 6

 

 

World Outreach Week also includes our own little world of Connecticut. At the prayer breakfast this morning, Molly Hurtado, Executive Director of the ABC Women's Center in Middletown, spoke about the organization's efforts to help pregnant teenagers and young women who are facing difficult choices. ABC is one of the several local agencies supported by Valley's Faith Promise giving.

Molly spoke about ABC's successes in 2015, including doubling the number of couples served and seeing 10 individual commitments to follow Christ. ABC reaches out to high schools and colleges, including school nurses and social workers. Its free services draws women from around the area, including those making a one-hour bus ride from Hartford. 

Prayers were made for the Center to increase the amount of people reached in 2016, including more doors open to school districts and communities. We also prayed for protection against proposed legislation that would require ABC to offer a referral to abortion-providers.

The free services and care ABC provides starts with pre-natal care up to age 2, including linking clients with local churches. 

ABC's key verse for unborn babies and parents: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart ..."  - Jeremiah 1:5.

  

Tuesday, April 5

 

We kept our missionary guests busy Tuesday as they visited and spoke at many groups at Valley: Men's Fraternity, Precept, GEMS, Boys' Brigade, and more. Suzy S., who grew up here at Valley, spoke at the prayer breakfast about her work with Cru in New York City, reaching out to Jewish people with the message of the Gospel. Many of them gathered with Valley Ministry staff for an interactive morning seminar on vision, led by Hans Finzel.

Good quotes we've overheard so far this week:

"We're not retired, we're re-wired!" -- Mark Godfrey

"People tend to prefer the certainty of their misery rather than the misery of uncertainty." -- Hans Finzel, on effecting real change in certain cultures

"Where exactly is Kyrgyzstan?" -- WOW Tour attender

"I promise to never hold WOW in January again." -- Pastor Doug Christgau during the snowstorm Monday.

On tap for Wednesday: The prayer breakfast features Molly Hurtado of ABC Women's Center, right here in Connecticut. Hear about Molly's outreach, pray for the Center and learn how you can help. Did we mention free breakfast? 7:15 a.m. in Room 20. On Wednesday night, the Bristol Campus takes the WOW Tour at 6:30 p.m., followed by dessert. Of course, anyone from either campus can join in any of our events! Finally, missionaries visit high school Life Groups, and middle school students take the tour.

 

Monday, April 4

 

Not even a bit of January weather could stop the Women's Missions Dinner. More than 150 women enjoyed a great meal and heard raw, real testimony from Alyssa Nixon (Cru) about the "refining process" she has gone through learning to be a missionary, mom and wife in Turkey. She spoke eloquently about the calling to reaching Muslims in a business-as-mission context, but also the many hurdles and questions as a young family living quite far from their home in California. "We don't quite feel the need for dependence on God here like we do in Turkey," she said. "Over there, I have to pray like Jesus is my husband. I HAVE to sit with him. It's a necessity just to get through. And that gives me strength. The Muslims we know are ordinary, wonderful people who desperately need the hope of Christ. We see their faces weathered by life."

Check out Ephesians 2:10 and Psalm 139 for passages that speak to Alyssa. 

Darlene and Mark Godfrey then spoke about Business as Mission in their service in the Philippines, which is still recovering from the effects of a deadly, historic typhoon that hit the island in 2013. This was just months after the Godfreys committed to serving there and dramatically changed the logistics of their calling. They shared a couple stories of how people have not only got back on their feet but also came to know Christ through all of the devastation.  "Business as Mission is not a technique," they said. "It's a worldview and a lifestyle."

Thank you to everyone who decorated, set up, cooked, and served:

 

 

WOW got off to a great start today with the first prayer breakfast. Hans Finzel of HDLeaders spoke from Daniel 5 regarding the downfall of leaders and movements that do not have God in their sights. Daniel 5:22: "But you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself ...."  Hans spoke from personal observation of the Cold War and the answers to prayer when the Berlin Wall fell, along with dictatorships and communist oppression in Eastern Europe during that time. Their belief system was hollow, and the Iron Curtain fell. Today's "curtain" is much tougher, he says, referring to the work before us in showing Muslims the truth about Jesus.

On tap for Tuesday: Suzy S. is the star of the 7:15 a.m. prayer breakfast; all are welcome in Room 206. Men's Fraternity meets as usual at 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. with special guest Hans Finzel of HD Leaders. Alyssa Nixon (Cru) visits Precept at 9:30 a.m., and the usual Tuesday night clubs and classes will feature several of our Business-as-Mission guests. Dinner in The Venue at 5:30!

 

Sunday, April 3

 

Hundreds of people from the Avon Campus took the WOW Tour on Sunday; Bristol Campus has its formal Tour time on Wednesday night. One of the key takeaways from each presentation: How giving through Faith Promise directly makes these missionary efforts happen. Taking the Tour is a powerful way to learn from and connect with just a few of the 40 missionaries. We hope you and your family will take time by April 10 to hear the inspiring stories on the Tour.

In Bristol, the kids were visited by Suzy S., a missionary who works in New York City. She explained her work and then they celebrated a "mini" Passover meal together. Most of the kids even tried the green stuff below!

 

WOW was also celebrated at Friendship Community this weekend. Patsy Webb took the group on a visual and culinary tour of Morocco, including Moroccan tea. Here's David enjoying an authentic Moroccan snack:

 

Also at Avon, take a few moments to visit the organizations inviting you to participate or support them personally as they bring the Word around the world and right here in central Connecticut. One example is Hartford City Mission, a longtime partner of Valley:

 

 

On tap for Monday: Prayer breakfast with Hans Finzel at 7:15 a.m. in Room 206. And the annual Women's Missions Dinner is at 6 p.m. at the Avon Campus. Tickets are $12 and available at the door. Join us for a memorable evening and a great dinner!

 

Welcome from Zell Gaston, Outreach Chair

 

 

 

Saturday, April 2

 

World Outreach Week kicked off with a great Saturday service, dinner, and the first set of WOW Tours. Outreach Pastor Doug Christgau introduced the week and our guest speaker, Hans Finzel of HDLeaders. Hans introduced the "Business as Mission" concept in an engaging message.

On tap for Sunday: Avon WOW services at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Bristol WOW service at 10 a.m. WOW Tours in Avon after each service. Missionaries begin visiting small groups. Click here to register for the Women's Missions Dinner, which is Monday night!

 

Entrance to the WOW Tour, moments before the first group Saturday:

 

First Tour stop: Kyrgyzstan. Can you say it? Can you spell it?

 

 

Second Tour stop: Coffee house in Turkey ...

 

Third stop: Business as Mission in Ivory Coast ...