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Sunday Evenings
6:00 – 8:00 pm

8th GRADE QUEST

  • Cost: $20
  • West Central Station – lower level of Valley Church
  • Meeting Dates:
    • March 3 and 24
    • April 7 and 21
    • May 5 (off-site: Final Quest Party, location TBD)

Quest is a class for 8th graders that meets twice a month on Sunday nights. In Quest, we dig deep and learn the basics of Christian theology in a large group setting. We cover topics like God, sin, Jesus, the Bible, and salvation. Basically, we explore why we believe what we believe. This class is deeper and more intellectual than our regular Wednesday night and Sunday morning programs. The registration cost helps to pay for a workbook that students will be given on the first night. Students should bring a paper copy of the Bible and a writing utensil for every session. Questions? Email joe at joeb@valley.church. Eat dinner before you come.

Register for Quest
Wednesday, February 21
6:30 – 8:00 pm

STUFFED ANIMAL NIGHT

  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP required; just show up

Students are encouraged, but not required, to bring their favorite stuffed animal!

Sunday, February 25
8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 Services

BAPTISM SUNDAY

Baptism is an important moment in the lives of Christ-followers! Baptism is not required for salvation but it is a significant moment in the life of a follower of Jesus! Middle Schoolers will have the chance to get baptized at any of the Sunday morning worship services. To get baptized, middle schoolers must complete the following three steps:

  1. Attend a 15-minute Explore Baptism Gathering. Parents are encouraged to join their student but not required. Students only need to attend one session. An RSVP is not required, but let us know at the link below which gathering you plan to attend.
    • Sunday, January 21 (10:45-11:00 am at VCC)
    • Sunday, January 28 (10:45-11:00 am at VCC)
    • Sunday, February 4 (10:45-11:00 am at VCC)
    • Wednesday, January 17 (8:00-8:15 pm at VCC)
    • Wednesday, January 24 (8:00-8:15 pm at VCC)
    • Wednesday, January 31 (8:00-8:15 pm at VCC)
  2. Fill out the online baptism form. After you submit the form, someone from our team will contact you with next steps!
  3. Record a baptism testimony video to be played during your baptism service. A registration for a date and time coming soon.
Complete Online Baptism Form
Sign Up for an Explore Baptism Gathering
Wednesday, February 28
6:30 – 8:00 pm

DIY NIGHT

  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP required; just show up

We’ll be doing some fun DIY projects with our small groups!

Thursday, February 29
5:00 – 8:00 pm

LEAP DAY FAMILY EVENT AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER

  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP required; just show up
  • Open to all ages and community members
  • Free pizza and pop (while supplies last)
  • Come and go anytime between 5 and 8 pm

Put on your white or neon shirts and join us for BLACK LIGHT NIGHT! Our gym will be glowing with games of all kinds, including volleyball, 9-square, family dodgeball, 9 Square In The Air, mini golf, Disney trivia, and more. This is a great opportunity to invite friends, families, and neighbors from the community who don’t attend Valley Church! Please note that this event is organized and operated by the Valley Community Center. Since this is a family-oriented event, parents should accompany their children at the event.

Parents: Sign Up to Volunteer (Optional)
Saturday, March 2
7:00 – 9:00 pm

PICKLEBALL NIGHT (VOLUNTEERS ONLY)

  • Valley Community Center
  • Cost: Free
  • Eat dinner before you come
  • Snacks & beverages provided

We want to provide a night for our middle school volunteers to connect and have fun with each other! We will provide all pickleball equipment and teach you all the rules if you’ve never played before.

Wednesday, March 6
6:30 – 8:00 pm

OREO NIGHT (NATIONAL OREO DAY)

  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP required; just show up

Of course you knew that every March 6 is National Oreo Day. We’ll serve up lots of different kinds of Oreos!

Wednesday, March 20
6:30 – 8:00 pm

HIDDEN ACRES COOKIE NIGHT

  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP required; just show up

Some staff from Hidden Acres camp will be there to talk about summer camp. Plus, they’re bringing famous Hidden Acres chocoloate chip cookies for everyone!!!

Friday, March 22
6:30 – 10:30 pm

STAFF SCAVENGER HUNT

  • Cost: $10
  • Eat dinner before you come
  • Register by noon on Wednesday, March 20
  • Drop off at Valley Church at 6:30 pm
  • Pick up at Valley Community Center at 10:30pm

Our favorite middle school staff members will be dressed up in disguise. Your mission is to travel around the Jordan Creek Mall and find them hiding among the crowds. After that we’ll go back to the Valley Community Center to hang out and have some more fun. Please note that drop off is at Valley Church and pick up is at the Valley Community Center.

Register for Staff Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, March 27
Time & Location TBD

SMALL GROUP NIGHT

  • In lieu of normal Wednesday night program
  • Time and location to be determined by your small group leaders

We are not meeting at the Valley Community Center on this night. Small groups have the option to do a special hang-out somewhere around town for fun, connection and snacks! Details will be provided by your small group leader.

Sunday, March 31

NO SUNDAY MORNING PROGRAM

  • Happy Easter!
Wednesday, April 3
6:30 – 8:00 pm

DISCO NIGHT (70’s theme)

  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP required; just show up

This night is a 1970’s theme, complete with a disco ball! Students are encouraged but not required to dress with 70’s clothes. Think bell bottom jeans, flower power, and tie dye!

Sunday, April 7
11:00 am – 12:15 pm

5TH GRADE PARENT MEETING

  • West Central Station – lower level of Valley Church
  • No RSVP required

This meeting is for parents of students who will be entering 6th grade in fall 2024. Parents will be able to meet middle school staff, connect with other parents, learn about the developmental significance of middle school, learn how students can make a smooth transition into the Middle School Ministry, and ask questions. You don’t want to miss this!

Wednesday, April 10
6:30 – 8:00 pm

PARENT NIGHT: CAREER NIGHT

  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP required; just show up

Parents are encouraged to come to our program and join their students for this fun night!

Saturday, April 13
1:00 – 4:00 pm

LOVE YOU DES MOINES FAMILY DAY

  • Valley Community Center

This day will be chock-full of family events for the whole community! Invite your friends and neighbors to a day filled with fun, free, family-friendly activities at the Valley Community Center. The purpose of the event is to help you build relationships with your neighbors and friends who don’t know Jesus. Some middle school students will also have the chance to help lead activities throughout the day! Specific details coming soon.

Wednesday, April 17
6:30 – 8:00 pm

SENIOR NIGHT

  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP required; just show up

On this night, we will honor our high school seniors who are small group leaders. Students are also encouraged, but not required, to dress like a senior citizen!

Wednesday, April 24
6:30 – 8:00 pm

LAST NIGHT PARTY

  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP required; just show up

All 6th-8th grade students and leaders are invited to come celebrate our final Wednesday night of ministry with a party!

Wednesday, May 1
6:30 – 8:00 pm

VOLUNTEER STAFF APPRECIATION NIGHT

  • Location TBD

There is no student programming this night. This event is only for weekly middle school volunteers and their families. We will honor and celebrate their amazing service throughout the past school year!

Saturday, May 4
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

7TH GRADE CAMP DAY

  • Cost: $45
  • Wildwood Hills Ranch
  • Lunch is provided
  • Register by Sunday, April 28
  • Drop off & pick up at Valley Church
  • Wear close-toed shoes

It’s time for 7th grade students to prepare to be the oldest class in the Middle School Ministry! All 7th graders are invited to spend an afternoon participating in the low ropes leadership experience at Wildwood Hills, a camp about 30 minutes south of Des Moines. Students will go through a variety of challenges that will help them grow their communication, team-building, and leadership skills. Afterward, we’ll have a few hours of free time at camp. The cost includes lunch, transportation, the low ropes fee, and a snack.

Register for 7th Grade Camp Day
Sunday, May 5
9:30 – 10:45 am

8th GRADE FAITH STORIES

  • Valley Community Center Gym
  • No RSVP required; just show up

8th grade students will share their faith story during our Sunday morning program. We want all 6th, 7th and 8th graders to attend our Sunday morning program as normal. Parents, friends, and family of 8th grade students are also invited to attend!

Wednesday, May 15
6:30 – 8:00 pm

5th GRADE HOME VISITS 

  • Incoming 7th & 8th graders: Pick up & drop off is at Valley Church

During this fun event, incoming 7th and 8th grade students will greet soon-to-be 6th graders at their homes. We will greet you, get to know you a little bit and share a gift!

Incoming 6th grade parents: By completing this registration, you are committing to being at your home with your incoming 6th grader on Wednesday, May 15.

Incoming 7th & 8th grade students: By completing this registration, you are committing to joining the team to go visit incoming 6th graders.

Registration for Current 5th GradersRegistration for Current 6th & 7th Graders
Friday, May 31 – Saturday, June 1
4:00 pm – 11:00 am

8th GRADE VACAY (FOR STUDENTS FINISHING 8TH GRADE)

  • Cost: $40/person (covers 2 meals, transportation, lodging and swimming)
  • Drop off at Valley Church: Friday, May 31 at 4:00 pm
  • Pick up at Valley Church: Saturday, June 1 at 11:00 am
  • Register by Sunday, May 26

It’s time for our 8th graders to have one last hurrah in the Middle School Ministry! We will swim, eat dinner, stay overnight, and prepare for the transition into the Valley High School Ministry (8th Grade Move-Up into High School is Sunday, June 2). 8th graders will also have the chance to begin connecting with High School Ministry staff.

Register for 8th Grade Vacay (students finishing 8th grade)
Sunday, June 2
9:30 – 10:45 am

MOVE-UP SUNDAY

  • Valley Community Center
  • No RSVP required

The Middle School Ministry is excited to welcome our newest members! New 6th graders should come to the Valley Community Center Gym at 9:30, along with new 7th and 8th graders. We will make sure the new students receive a warm welcome!