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New Life Groups - Winter 2021

Young Adults
Sundays · 12:30 pm

Location: Valley Church
Leaders: Payton Atwood

Join other young adults as we challenge each other and grow our faith while sharing in the joys and trials of life. This group looks forward to serving the community and loving Des Moines!

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Nearly/Newlyweds
Sundays · Twice a Month · 6 pm

Location: South Ankeny
Leaders: Don & Brenda Long

Don and Brenda Long have been connecting people with God’s Word for over 40 years. They bring to the table rich marriage, family, and work experience with a heart for hospitality and large laughter. You’re invited to tackle life’s hard questions and take your learning to the next level of loving well through study and fellowship.

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Multi-Station
Tuesdays · 6:30 pm

Location: Ankeny
Leaders: Bryan & Julie Host

This Life Group is a place where you can SHARE the joys and trials of life with other believers, grow in your day-to-day faith through the STUDY God’s Word, SUPPORT and be supported in a caring and safe community, and meaningfully SERVE the church and our community.

Bryan & Julie have been in pastoral ministry for the past 24 years and are now serving with the EFCA’s ReachGlobal training pastors and leaders in the global church. They have two wonderful daughters and two excellent sons-in-law. They can’t wait to connect with other Valley attenders who live in Ankeny.

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Grupo en Espanol
{Virtual} Grupo de Vida dirigido por Los Miercoles @ 7 pm

Location: Zoom
Leaders: Victor & Hilda Monzon

Los líderes Víctor e Hilda se mudaron recientemente de Monterey México y esperan ayudar a otros a crecer en su fe. Su grupo está diseñado para hispanohablantes que desean formar parte de una comunidad vibrante.

Leaders Victor and Hilda recently moved from Monterey, Mexico, and hope to help others grow in their faith. This group is designed for Spanish speakers who want to be part of a vibrant community.

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Young Men
Thursdays · 6:30 pm

Location: Urbandale
Leaders: Ben Willcockson

This is a Life Group for young men—mostly in their 20s and/or recent college graduates who are focused on making disciples of ourselves and of all nations through fellowship, worship, ministry, discipleship, and evangelism. We are passionate about Christ and obeying his commands, teaching, and admonishing while encouraging one another in becoming more like him. In an age when truth is what you make of it, we seek to build ourselves on the gospel truth, finding our identity in Jesus—one which is given by grace alone.

Ben Willcockson recently graduated from the University of Iowa and returned to the Des Moines area working for Wells Fargo Bank & Company. Ben has been a member of Valley Church for about a year but has been attending Valley Church with his family for approximately 10 years.

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Married Life Groups

Nearly/Newlyweds
Sundays · Twice a Month · 6 pm

Location: South Ankeny
Leaders: Don & Brenda Long

Don and Brenda Long have been connecting people with God’s Word for over 40 years. They bring to the table rich marriage, family, and work experience with a heart for hospitality and large laughter. You’re invited to tackle life’s hard questions and take your learning to the next level of loving well through study and fellowship.

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Families Life Groups

Multi-Station Life Groups

Multi-Station in Life
Tuesdays · 6:30 pm

Leader: Bryan & Julie Host
Location: Ankeny

This Life Group is a place where you can SHARE the joys and trials of life with other believers, grow in your day-to-day faith through the STUDY God’s Word, SUPPORT and be supported in a caring and safe community, and meaningfully SERVE the church and our community.

Bryan & Julie have been in pastoral ministry for the past 24 years and are now serving with the EFCA’s ReachGlobal training pastors and leaders in the global church. They have two wonderful daughters and two excellent sons-in-law. They can’t wait to connect with other Valley attenders who live in Ankeny.

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Multi-Station in Life
Thursdays · 7 pm

Location: West Des Moines
Leaders: Richard & Molly Pierce

The Pierce family moved to Des Moines from Maine in 2016. Richard and Molly have two kids—Sophie (16) and Emerson (13). They look to grow closer to God together in fellowship with others. All ages and kids are welcome. They have two dogs and a cat.

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Multi-Station in Life
Saturdays · 2-4 pm

Location: Urbandale
Leaders: Tom & Erin Hefner

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Singles Life Groups

Single Moms
Wednesdays · 6:30 pm

Location: Currently Meeting Online
Leader: Jennifer George

This Single Moms Life Group is for women of all ages who are looking to find rest, hope, and encouragement in a Christ-centered environment. This group provides the opportunity to share the ups and downs of single parenthood while developing meaningful, supportive relationships. Jennifer is mom to two rowdy boys. She loves writing, running, cooking, and working with kids.

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Shared Interest Life Groups

Reasonable Faith: Apologetics
One Tuesday per Month · 7 pm

Location: Zoom
Leader: Steve Stratton

This group is for those interested in becoming better prepared to respond to questions and objections regarding the existence of God and the truth of the Christian faith. As a local chapter of Dr. Wiliam Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith ministry, our goal is to help make Christianity an intellectually viable option for thinking people in our community. Steve Stratton has developed a passion for apologetics and natural theology over the past few years.

Contact us to confirm meeting place.

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Young Adults Life Groups

Young Adults
Sundays · 12:30 pm

Location: Valley Church
Leaders: Payton Atwood

Join other young adults as we challenge each other and grow our faith while sharing in the joys and trials of life. This group looks forward to serving the community and loving Des Moines!

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Young Men
Thursdays · 6:30 pm

Location: Urbandale
Leader: Ben Willcockson

This is a Life Group for young men—mostly in their 20s and/or recent college graduates who are focused on making disciples of ourselves and of all nations through fellowship, worship, ministry, discipleship, and evangelism. We are passionate about Christ and obeying his commands, teaching, and admonishing while encouraging one another in becoming more like him. In an age when truth is what you make of it, we seek to build ourselves on the gospel truth, finding our identity in Jesus—one which is given by grace alone.

Ben Willcockson recently graduated from the University of Iowa and returned to the Des Moines area working for Wells Fargo Bank & Company. Ben has been a member of Valley Church for about a year but has been attending Valley Church with his family for approximately 10 years.

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Adults Life Groups

Men
Wednesdays · 6:15 pm

Location: Valley Church
Leader: Jon Fontenot

Jon is married to Emily and they have 3 young kiddos and a dog. He feels strongly about building community through Life Groups and encouraging guys to be servant leaders. This group is for men (married and single) of all ages who desire to build friendships and grow deeper by studying the Bible. This group will go back-and-forth between reviewing weekend sermon and studies that are geared towards men.

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Multi-Cultural Life Groups

Multi-Cultural
Tuesdays · 7 pm

Location: Valley Church
Leader: Daniel & Selvi Christudoss and Albert Cheah

We’re very excited to start this group! Daniel and Selvi are originally from India and have been part of Valley Church for many years. Albert is from Malaysia but has been in Iowa for the last 7 years, and truly loves this place! His experience from the past 2 years with one our young adult groups has been phenomenal!

This group is for anyone looking to build community with cultures from different backgrounds or for individuals who speak English as a second language. Get ready for new friendships, rich cultural exchange, and the opportunity to grow together in God’s word!

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Grupo en Espanol
{Virtual} Grupo de Vida dirigido por Los Miercoles @ 7 pm

Location: Zoom
Leader: Victor & Hilda Monzon

Los líderes Víctor e Hilda se mudaron recientemente de Monterey México y esperan ayudar a otros a crecer en su fe. Su grupo está diseñado para hispanohablantes que desean formar parte de una comunidad vibrante.

Leaders Victor and Hilda recently moved from Monterey, Mexico, and hope to help others grow in their faith. This group is designed for Spanish speakers who want to be part of a vibrant community.

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Support Life Groups

Grief Share
Tuesdays · 6 pm
Starts Tuesday, February 16

Location: Valley Church
Leader: Patti Abram

If you have lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. Grief Share meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.

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Divorce Care
Tuesdays · 6:30 pm

Location: Valley Church
Leader: Shawn Ford and Jen Green

This support group lasts 13 weeks long and is for those who are going through the pain and trauma of divorce or separation. Find hope and healing.

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