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Grief Share: Surviving the Holidays

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Tuesday, November 10 from 6-8 pm

When you are grieving the death of a loved one, the holiday season can be especially painful. Our two-hour Surviving the Holidays seminar helps participants prepare for the holidays and discover hope for the future.

Contact Patti for more information.

Location: Valley Church – Courtyard Hall (Lower Level)

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Parent Seminar

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Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30-8 pm
Valley Church Chapel

All parents and grandparents of kids and teenagers are invited! Valley Church Pastor Brandon Early, a nationally-recognized youth and technology expert, helps you more confidently parent your kids in a world full of smart phones, text messaging, iPads, Netflix, and social media. This event is free and open to the community.

No sign-up is required to attend. Invite a friend to come with you for this informative, empowering event.

If you’re new to Valley Church, you’re welcome to bring your kids along. During the seminar, we have programming available for kids and teens ages birth – 8th grade. See below for more information about that programming.

Birth-5th Grade Location: Valley Church, 4343 Fuller Road, West Des Moines
6th-8th Grade Location: Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines

FAQ

Kids Younger Than Kindergarten

If you need childcare for a child younger than kindergarten, please register below. Childcare is free, and this information allows us to better communicate with you and to provide a safe ratio of volunteers to children.

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Kindergarten-5th Grade Visitor Check-In

Starting at 6:15 pm, Parents and children can check in at the Welcome Desk located just inside the main entrance at the church building. During check-in, fill out an emergency card with name, phone number and email, and pick up your child’s name tag. Volunteers are available to guide you to the meeting spot for your child’s age group.

Pick up is at 7:30 pm, and in most cases your child will be waiting for you in the same room where you dropped off.

What happens at the K-5th grade program?

Each week includes a large group Bible teaching time, games, Bible-focused small group activities, and discussion. The entire night is centered on kids connecting in a small group with other kids and led by a small group leader. Our programming is divided into three age-specific groups: Kindergarten-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, and 5th grade.

6th-8th Grade Visitor Check-In

Parents do not need to accompany 6th-8th grade visitors inside the Valley Community Center. Visitors are welcome to either meet up with their friend who invited them before coming inside, or just come inside on their own. Visitors should go to the Welcome Table right inside the main entrance, which will be marked with lots of bright balloons.

What happens at the 6-8th grade program?

Each week includes a game, worshipping God through singing, a large group Bible lesson, and small group meeting time. Our middle school program is a great opportunity for your kids to meet friends, build relationships, and learn how to be a follower of Jesus.

Safety

At Valley Church, your child’s safety is of utmost importance. All of our volunteers are trained and screened. Our younger children (2nd grade and under) must be checked in and out by a parent or other responsible person through a computerized check-in, name tag system.

Celebration of Thanks

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Sunday, November 22 at 5-7 pm

Celebration of Thanks 2020 is a family-led, walk-through experience with a focus on prayer and missions. Families will go through activity stations throughout the church at their own pace.

Please bring your Operation Christmas Child boxes! You will have an opportunity to pray over them and drop them off.

Location: Valley Church

Questions? Email Carter!

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Harvest Hoedown

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Sunday, October 20 from 5-7 pm

Our Harvest Hoedown is a FREE community event for anyone ages 14+ with special needs. Come dressed for a hoedown to dance, take a wagon ride, play games, enjoy some snacks, participate in an animal calling contest, and other fun things found at a county fair!

Location: Valley Community Center

Questions? Email Valerie!

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Baptism Celebration

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Sunday, July 17
8, 9:30 & 11 am

Let’s celebrate all that God has done in the lives of our Valley Church family! Baptisms will be included during every worship gathering in the auditorium, so come to church ready to party!

Children’s Baptism – Sunday, July 17 at 11:15 am

Outdoor Celebration at the Valley Community Center Pavillion
(4444 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines, Iowa)

We’re thrilled to celebrate our kids making this special step of faith during a time just for them!

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NEXT

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Sunday, August 7 from 8 am - 12 pm (Noon)

New to Valley Church? Or just want to discover how to get more involved? We’re putting all of our NEXT content into one morning! It’s perfect for those wanting to learn about Valley Church but are short on time. NEXT is an interactive course to learn about our vision and values and help you find your purpose and place at Valley Church!

  • Learn all about our vision, values, and beliefs
  • Get to know our key leaders
  • Meet new friends and get better connected
  • Discover opportunities for growth and involvement
  • Experience Valley’s connection to our community and world
  • Learn how to pursue membership and more
How does NEXT change my Sunday?
  • You won’t miss worship at all! Attending worship at Maplenol Café (with Pastor Quintin’s message) is included as a part of NEXT.
  • Childcare and children’s ministries provided at Valley Church throughout the morning.
  • FREE breakfast and coffee provided for you.

Location: Valley Community Center

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The Great Pumpkin Party

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Sunday, October 20 - Wednesday, October 23

Sunday, October 20 · 5-7 pm (Families with Special Needs Night)
Monday, October 21 · 6-8 pm
Tuesday, October 22 · 6-8 pm
Wednesday, October 23 · 6-8 pm

The Great Pumpkin Party is coming! You don’t want to miss this party thrown BY Valley Church FOR our community! Invite your friends and family to the best party of the fall. Wear your non-scary costumes and enjoy giant inflatables, pony rides, carnival games, free popcorn, and more! We’ll also have David Laflin and his amazing illusions presenting three shows each night!

With over 7,000 guests last year, The Great Pumpkin Party is Des Moines’ best family activity this fall. It’s totally free and primarily indoors (so don’t worry about the weather)! AND this year we’ve added an extra day to accommodate even more families!

There’s something for everyone at the Great Pumpkin Party!

Location: Valley Church and Valley Community Center

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Vision Weekend

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Saturday, September 25 · 5:30 pm
Sunday, September 26 · 8:15, 9:30 & 11 am
Celebrate | Pray | Anticipate | Affirm

It’s time to celebrate God’s faithfulness in the past year and look ahead to his vision for the future. Be sure to join us for any weekend worship gathering to hear how God is leading Valley Church.

Location: Valley Church Worship Gatherings

PLUS: Brief Annual Members Meeting
On Sunday, September 26 at 10:40 am, we’ll take a few minutes to review the year and to affirm the nominees and annual budget plan. If you’re unable to attend the meeting, please drop off your affirmation ballot at marked boxes at Valley Church between 8 am – 12:30 pm on Sunday, September 26.

If you have any questions, e-mail Valley Church.

Meeting Location: Student Ministries Room