Wednesday, May 25
6:30 pm – 8:00pm

5th Grade Celebration

  • West Central Station
  • For students finishing 5th grade
  • Dinner provided
  • No RSVP required; just show up!

It’s time to celebrate the end of 5th grade and prepare for the next step! There will be food, fun, and friendship-building. Kids will also have a chance to meet leaders from the Middle School Ministry!

Friday, May 27
8:15-10:30 pm

7th Grade Boys Outdoor Movie Night

  • Andrew Blackard’s House: 740 SE Whitetail Ln, Waukee, IA 50263
  • Bring your own chair
  • Snacks & drinks provided
  • Open to all boys finishing 7th grade
  • “Bee Movie”
  • RSVP to Cindy at 515-423-9715

All 7th grade boys are invited to join us at Andrew’s house for an outdoor movie! His parents will provide adult supervision. We’re looking forward to a great night! Please RSVP to Cindy, Andrew’s mom, at 515-423-9715.

Friday, June 3 – Saturday, June 4
4:00pm – 11:00am

8th GRADE VACAY (for students finishing 8th grade)

  • Cost: $65/person (covers 2 meals, transportation, hotel lodging & water park access
  • Drop off at Valley Church: Friday, June 3 at 4:00 pm
  • Pick up at Valley Church: Saturday, June 4 at 11:00 am
  • Registration limited to 25 students
  • RSVP by Sunday, May 29

It’s time for our 8th graders to have one last hurrah in the Middle School Ministry! We stay at a hotel and play at the indoor water park at the Ramada Tropics Resort in Des Moines. We will have large-group discussions that will prepare students for their transition into the Valley High School Ministry. 8th Grade Move-Up into High School is on Sunday, June 5. 8th graders will also have the chance to begin connecting with High School Ministry staff.

Register for 8th Grade Vacay
Sunday, June 5
9:30-10:45am

MOVE UP SUNDAY

  • Valley Community Center Gym
  • No RSVP required

The Middle School Ministry is excited to welcome our newest 6th graders! All students entering 6th-8th grade in fall 2022 should go to the Valley Community Center Gym at 9:30 for a morning filled with fun, connecting, and food!

Tuesday, June 7
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
  • 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 June 7 Community Bridges Team
June 13, 14 & 16
9:00 am – noon

LOVE YOU DES MOINES SERVICE TEAM

  • Cost: $10 (helps cover the cost of snacks and Thursday lunch)
  • Bring your own lunch on Monday and Tuesday
  • Open to students entering 7th and 8th grade
  • Team celebration on June 17 from Noon-1 pm

We’re looking for middle school students who are willing to roll up their sleeves, love our community, and serve during Love You Des Moines Days! Our middle school team will meet each morning for training and a pep talk, then we’ll help with various Love You Des Moines Days activities for about 90 minutes, then end our time with lunch and some team-building each day. We’ll have a final team celebration on Thursday from noon-1 pm. Registration is limited to 20 students. Are you in 6th grade or can’t be on the Service Team? We encourage you to sign up with your parents to help at one activity during Love You Des Moines Days!

Register for LYDSM Service Team
Tuesday, June 21
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
  • 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 June 21 Community Bridges Team
Tuesday, June 28
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
  • 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 June 28 Community Bridges Team
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 5
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
  • 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 5 Community Bridges Team
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.

Complete baptism formRegister to record 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
  • 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: Location TBD
  • 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
  • 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
Time & Location TDB

POOL PARTY

  • Cost: Free
  • Time & Location TBD

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!