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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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Easter at Valley

Holy Week 2017

Come celebrate Resurrection Weekend with us in Avon or Bristol!

We have two Good Friday services and seven Easter services, including one on Saturday.

Please check the schedule below, and if you have questions, don't hesitate to email us or call 860.673.6826.

Scroll down or click the links in the gray box on the right for great resources for individuals and families.

EASTER SERVICES - AVON

Saturday, April 15 at 5 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Childcare through age 3. This service features contemporary music with a live worship band.

Sunday, April 16 at 7:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Childcare through age 3. This service features contemporary music with a live worship band.

Sunday, April 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary and The Venue. Childcare through age 3. These services feature contemporary music with live worship bands.

Sunday, April 16 at 11:15 a.m. in The Venue. Childcare through age 3. This service features contemporary music with a live worship band.

Sunday, April 16 at 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Childcare through age 3. This service features traditional music with an organ and a small orchestra.

Please note there are no Communities and no Saturday night dinner on Easter Weekend.

 

SIGNING

/files/Connect Images/sign_language_1.jpg  Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
 

PARKING

We will have parking attendants to help you find a parking space. There is additional parking at the Town of Avon Senior Center at Sycamore Hills Park at the corner of Scoville Road and West Avon Road. The parking shuttle bus will be running between the Senior Center and the church starting at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday morning. 

 
 

EASTER SERVICES - BRISTOL

Sunday, April 16 at 10 a.m. at Greene-Hills School. Join us for our "Church in a Gym" Easter service! Bristol Campus Pastor Chris DeArman will be preaching a live Easter message. Childcare provided through age 3. This service features contemporary music with a live worship band. There is ample parking available at Greene-Hills School.

 

Easter and Holy Week Resources for Families

 

Holy Week - Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday - is when we take time to remember Jesus' last week before He gave His life on the cross. This time is a mixture of sadness and celebration, and it is important that children see all the facets of these holy days. How do you take time during this week to look at Jesus' journey to the cross? How do you explain these sad events to young children?

Explore these great ideas and resources to open up conversations that point your family and friends to the importance of Holy Week and the amazing gift of Jesus' life for us.

part 1: TRUTHS FOR CHILDREN

Preschool - Jesus obeyed God's plan. He went to the city of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. That week, He died and was buried in a tomb. He did not stay dead. On the third day, He rose again because this is what He said would happen. He did this for us to be able to have life with God in heaven someday.

Elementary - Jesus, the only perfect human, took our sin when He died on the cross. He knew this was going to happen and the reason He gave His life is that He loves us. He did not stay dead. He rose again on the third day, just as He said, and talked and walked with His followers for 40 days. He then ascended to heaven to live with God and prepare a place for those who believe. When we accept Jesus' death as punishment for our sins and ask Him to be our Savior, He gives us eternal life.

 

PART 2: SUGGESTED READING FOR PARENTS

Messianic Passover Seder for Families - traditional Passover meal elements and discussion topics for families with children

Holy Week: Prepare for Easter with Your Family – suggestions from Noel Piper

Exploring Easter: Simple ways to celebrate Easter with your kids - printable list of Holy Week activities from thrivingfamily.com

HomeFront Magazine - The Easter 2016 issue is available for purchase from David C. Cook

 

PART 3: VIDEOS 

A Very Special Easter - YouTube video with animated discussion with real-life children about Easter

The Meaning of Easter - YouTube video by Phil Vischer

1, 2, 3, Jesus is Alive  - YouTube music video by Yancy, Little Praise Party CD

It's About the Cross, - YouTube music video by Go Fish Guys

 

PART 4: BOOKS 

The Valley Children's Library on the Avon Campus has many Holy Week books and DVDs available to check out. The library is open between 10:30-11 a.m. on Sundays.

What is Easter?  - by Phil Vischer

The Easter Story for Children - by Lucado/ Frazee/ Hill

The Case for Christ for Kids - by Lee Strobel

The Very First Easter - picture book by Paul L. Maier

My Jesus Journal - Family Activity Book, - What's In The Bible? Series by Phil Vischer

 

PART 5: ACTIVITIES

Valley Family Ministry Pinterest Page - Resurrection Resources - Holy Week activities, books, and other ideas to celebrate at home

Easter Bible Reading Chart for kids - Hang the chart on the refrigerator so that you can place magnets onto the clouds as the readings are completed, or print the black and white version and allow kids to color the clouds as they complete their readings.

Create an Un-Easter Basket - an alternative to gifts at Easter

Resurrection Garden - a meaningful Easter experience

Make your own Resurrection Eggs - activity to walk through Holy Week together

 

Easter and Holy Week Resources for Individuals

 

Holy Week (also called Passion Week) takes place between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday
(Resurrection Sunday). Why is it called Passion Week? This name represents the passion with which
Jesus willingly went to the cross. He did this to pay for your sins—the sins of all of His people.

Our hope at Valley is that you will take advantage of the break in church activities during Holy Week to spend time considering what Christ has done for us. Below are resources for doing so. 

Some will need to be prepared or purchased beforehand.

To study the biblical accounts of Holy Week, read the following chapters:

  1. Meditate through the week on The Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross by Dr. Ralph Wilson.

From what we know, Jesus didn't do a lot of talking on the cross. He was silent during the hours He hung there, except for a very few words. But these Seven Last Words provide a window to what was ultimately important to this One who was dying on the cross. These words reveal His incredible love, His determination, His humanness as well as His divinity, His intimate relationship with His Father, and finally His trust.

Meditate on these Seven Last Words personally and/or with your family - one each day during Holy Week. 

      Two ways:

a. Sign up for the free seven-day email devotional which includes questions for personal meditation as well as for group discussion. Or,  get all the devotional links (text or downloadable audio mp3) immediately.

b. Download the 50-page e-book for $8.49. The book includes artwork, a brief exposition and reflection on each of the Seven Last Words, plus questions for personal meditation as well as for group discussion.

 

 2. Download and read the free e-book: Love to the Uttermost: a Devotional for Holy Week by John Piper

Beginning Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, focus on the self-giving love of our Savior.

 

 3. Use the YouVersion 7-Day Reading Plan: On Calvary's Hill (online or get the free App)

7-Day Reading Plan with Max Lucado: Early in the final week of Christ, the props and players for Friday's drama are in position. Only this is no play: it's a divine plan. All heaven waits and watches. All eyes are on the Nazarene. Draw near to the Savior and prepare to celebrate the greatest miracle ever conceived.