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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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Serve

God’s Word tells us that every person has been given special traits to use for His service

(Romans 12:4-8). In fact, we each have a unique set of spiritual gifts, heart’s passions, abilities, 

personality, and experiences. At Valley, we value SERVING to advance God’s Kingdom;

therefore, our goal is that every person at Valley is serving in an area of his/her giftedness. 

Serving is also a fantastic way to BLESS those who are not yet followers of Jesus.

 

Ongoing Opportunities

 

SERVING CHILDREN

Our largest serving area is in Children's Ministry, where about 200 volunteers work each week to teach and care for children from nursery through 5th grade. Opportunities also exist to serve without being in a classroom, such as in our Children's Library or as a Team Leader. Even a once-a-month commitment is a help!

Avon and Bristol Campus: Contact Heather Desmond about opportunities.

Visit our Children's Ministry page.

Find the KidSafe form.

 

SERVING STUDENTS 

Our Student Ministry volunteers work with hundreds of students, 6th grade to 12th grade. Help is needed for weekly programs, special events and one-on-one discipleship.

Contact Mary Swank about opportunities.

Visit our Students page.

Find the KidSafe form.

 

SERVING OTHERS OUTSIDE OUR CHURCH

Reaching others in the community and around the world is one of our church's values. Whether it's a simple commitment to prayer or going on a short-term mission trip, there's an opening for you to serve beyond our walls.

Contact Lindsay Cooper about opportunities.

Visit our Outreach page.

 

SERVING AT OUR BRISTOL CAMPUS

"Church in a Gym" means joyful work by many hands to make church happen in Bristol! From room set-up to caring for the community at Greene-Hills School, you can make a difference.

Contact Mike Guersch or Paul Semanski about opportunities.

Visit our Bristol Campus page.

 

SERVING THOSE IN NEED

From helping to lead a care group to participating in our Faithful Hands ministry, here's a chance to make a difference in the life of someone going through tough times.

Contact Laura Costley about opportunities.

Visit our Care and Counseling page.

 

SERVING in a worship service

We're always on the lookout for people to sing, play in a band, ring handbells, read Scripture, run graphics or work video at both campuses. No experience required for many of these roles!

Contact Phyllis Butta about opportunities.

Visit our Worship Arts page.

 

SERVING WITH YOUR SPECIAL SKILLS

Well, OK, every volunteer role is special! But here are a few that require either special skills or specific interests:

Our Friendship Community and Special Needs programs are looking for volunteers to work with children and adults. Contact Laura Costley for more information.

Our Kitchen Ministry seeks assistance cooking, serving and cleaning for dinners and special events at the Avon Campus. Contact Todd Borelli to sign up.

Our Communications Team is growing; we need help with video projects, design, marketing, and editing. Contact Mike Guersch to explore opportunities.

Our talented knitting and crocheting team makes prayer shawls and gives them to people experiencing illness, grief, or a difficult time. Contact Ruth Hutchings to join the team.

Visitation Ministry volunteers work in hospitals, nursing homes or shut-in situations. Contact Laura Costley for more information.

Victory Chimes Valley's handbell choir, is always seeking more ringers. No handbell experience required! Contact Joyce Bridgman for more information.

Meal Ministry volunteers deliver meals to households going through a major health challenge, or after the death of a loved one. Contact Laura Costley to serve with this team.

Memorial Service volunteers assist with setting up reception stations for refreshments after the service. Contact Laura Costley for more information.

Urgent Opportunities

 

Operation christmas child

Deadline is November 12: Please remember to bring your filled boxes to Valley Avon or Valley Bristol by Sunday, November 12, so we can get them to OCC and your child somewhere in the world!

 

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

Deadline is November 12: Please remember to bring your blue bags (or any bag!) to Valley Avon by Sunday, November 12. We'll get them to Gifts of Love so they can distribute to needy families in the neighborhood!

 

Regional Outreach Opportunities

 

Join your Valley friends in serving central Connecticut residents who have physical, social, and/or spiritual needs. 

 

BLESSING GREENE-HILLS SCHOOL

Spend a little time helping the kids, teachers, and parents of our Bristol Campus. Several areas of service available. Contact Mike Guersch or Paul Semanski to discover the joy of serving here.

 

A BETTER CHOICE (ABC) WOMEN'S CENTER

The Center needs Bible study leaders, prayer partners, and volunteer counselors. Training is provided. Contact Molly Hurtado.

 

BRISTOL STOREHOUSE

A food pantry, clothing ministry, and soup kitchen. Click here to learn how you can help.

 

Community Service Projects

Your Growth Group or Community can serve a variety of faith-based and secular groups trying to meet various social needs. Contact Howard Branch at 860.459.8103 for suggestions.

 

English as a Second Language Classes

Practice conversational English with friendly ESL instructors about everyday topics. Classes are held Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:45 p.m. during the school year. Dinner is offered starting at 5 p.m. and childcare and Kids' Clubs are available. Register online or just show up at class!

 

FOODCARE

Volunteer to bring food items monthly -- or help organize and deliver collected food. Contact Lisa Holden at 860.738.4239.

 

FRIENDSHIP SERVICE CENTER

Help out at this community kitchen in New Britain. Click here for details.

 

HARTFORD CITY MISSION

"Noah After School" connects volunteer tutors with elementary school children weekly during the school year. Several other opportunities are available to make a difference in a child's life. For more information, contact Dave Ambrose at 860.246.0132.

 

PRISON MINISTRY

Using materials from Alpha or Men's Fraternity, spend time with men who want to live for God both inside and outside prison walls. Contact Ron Evans at 860.693.4646 for more information.

 

SOUTH PARK INN

Valley needs drivers to deliver food and servers to distribute it at the Inn. Bible study leaders are also needed. A good opportunity for families or your Growth Group! Contact Mark and Alissa Pinnock at 860.651.4013.

 

ANTI-TRAFFICKING

Partner with The Underground, an initiative through Wintonbury Church, dedicated to ending sex trafficking and sexual exploitation in Connecticut. Volunteers serve in a variety of ways such as through prayer, supporting at-risk youth and young adults, influencing legislation, and ministering to recovering victims. Contact Annmarie Boulay.

 

Youth Challenge

Young men and women with substance abuse issues are given Christ-centered, biblical direction to move away from that lifestyle. Contact Tony Lanza at 860.677.8680 to see how you can help.