Thursday, June 30
7:00 – 9:00 pm

NIGHT AT THE VCC

  • Cost: Free
  • No RSVP required; just show up!

Join us for a night of fun at the Valley Community Center. Students will travel around to different stations with their grades. Activities will include capture the flag, relay races, gym games, and a snack.

Tuesday, July 12
9:30 am – 5:00 pm

ADVENTURELAND

  • RSVP by Sunday, July 10
  • Drop off and pick up at Adventureland
  • Cost: $50
  • Bring extra $$$ for lunch
  • Optional: Bring a swimsuit and towel for Adventureland

Enjoy the rides all day with your friends and leaders! Admission to the Adventure Bay water park is included. If students want to swim they can bring a swim suit. Guys-No Speedos. Girls-Wear a one-piece suit or a two-piece suit with a dark t-shirt on top. Email joeb@valley.church if you have a season pass or if you need help with transportation.

For students who already have a season pass or will be obtaining a ticket elsewhere, please register and use the promo code PASS. This will allow you to register at a steep discounted rate. There will still be a nominal fee of $5 to help cover event expenses in addition to student tickets.

Register for Adventureland
Sunday, July 17
8:00, 9:30 or 11:00 am

BAPTISM SUNDAY

Baptism is an important moment in the lives of Christ-followers! Students 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. No RSVP is required; just show up! Gatherings will be offered at the following times:
  • Sunday, June 5; 10:45-11:00 am at Valley Community Center
  • Wednesday, June 8; 12:00-12:15pm at Valley Church (Courtyard Hall)
  • Sunday, June 12; 10:45-11:00 am at Valley Community Center
  • Wednesday, June 15 12:00-12:15pm at Valley Church (Courtyard Hall)
  • Sunday, June 19; 10:45-11:00 am at Valley Community Center
  • Wednesday, June 22; 12:00-12:15 pm at Valley Church (Courtyard Hall)

2. Fill out the Baptism form. Someone from our team will contact you with more details!

3. Record a baptism testimony video to be played during your baptism service. After completing the Baptism Form, register for a time to record your baptism testimony.

Tuesday, July 19
10:00 – 11:30 am

COMMUNITY BRIDGES TEAM

  • Open to students entering 7th and 8th grade
  • Limited to three boys and three girls per session
  • Bring a bag lunch
  • Drop off and pick up at Chapel Ridge West apartments

This is for students who love building relationships and want to reach out with the love of Jesus! We’ll spend time with our neighbors at the Chapel Ridge West apartment complex by playing games, doing get-to-know-you activities, and having fun! Parents are welcome to join us as well.

Register for July 19 Community Bridges Team
Sunday, July 24
7:00 – 9:00 pm

GRADE NIGHT

  • Cost: Free
  • Each grade is at a different house
  • 6th Grade Boys: Joe Budish’s House (500 Knoll Dr, Norwalk, IA 50211)
  • 6th Grade Girls: Harper Leitheiser’s House (10143 Thorne Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50266)
  • 7th Grade Boys & Girls: Carsten & Kyler Krusemark’s House (1224 Valleyview Ct, Cumming, IA 50061)
  • 8th Grade Boys & Girls: Noah Cooper’s House (9101 Kingman Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50266)

Grade Night is a chance for students to hang out with other students from their grade. We’ll have games, snacks, and other fun activities!

Register for Grade Night
Tuesday, July 26
10:00 – 11:30 am

COMMUNITY BRIDGES TEAM

  • Open to students entering 7th and 8th grade
  • Limited to three boys and three girls per session
  • Bring a bag lunch
  • Drop off and pick up at Chapel Ridge West apartments

This is for students who love building relationships and want to reach out with the love of Jesus! We’ll spend time with our neighbors at the Chapel Ridge West apartment complex by playing games, doing get-to-know-you activities, and having fun! Parents are welcome to join us as well.

Register for July 26 Community Bridges Team
Tuesday, August 2
2:00 – 4:00 pm

BEACH DAY

  • Cost: Free
  • Drop off and pick up at Raccoon River Park ( 2500 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50265)
  • Optional: Bring toys to play with in the water and at the beach
  • No RSVP required; just show up!

Students are invited to come spend the afternoon with us at Raccoon River Park! Come and leave whenever it’s convenient for you. We’ll provide snacks and drinks. Check in at the Middle School Ministry tent in between the park and the beach.

August 9 – August 11
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

6TH GRADE BOOT CAMP

  • Cost: $20
  • RSVP by Sunday, August 7
  • Valley Church Student Ministries Room
  • Bring your own lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday; we will serve dessert each day
  • We will buy pizza on Thursday!

6th graders will have a chance to spend some time together before the school year starts. We will play games and have a short talk about things like school, friends, and peer pressure. We will also eat lunch together (bring your own lunch) and spend time connecting as a 6th grade class.

Register for 6th Grade Boot Camp
Sunday, August 14
2:00-4:00 pm

POOL PARTY

  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP by Friday, August 12
  • 6th Grade Girls: Allen House (8609 Horton Cir, Urbandale, IA 50322)
  • 7th Grade Girls: Edwards House (3512 132nd Ct, Urbandale, IA 50323)
  • 6th & 7th Grade Boys: Hove House (4223 Cherrywood Ct, West Des Moines, IA 50265)
  • 8th Grade Boys & Girls: LeLaCheur House (1029 57th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266)

It’s time to swim and have fun in the sun! We will serve ice cream sundaes. Boys-No Speedos. Girls-Wear a one-piece suit or a two-piece suit with a dark t-shirt on top.

Register for Pool Party
Wednesday, August 17
7:00 – 9:00 pm

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT

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

This is our last hurrah before school starts. Students will select the movie in the weeks leading up to the event. We’ll serve snacks and drinks. Students can bring a blanket, chair, or whatever they want to sit on!