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Welcome

Welcome to Valley Community Baptist Church. We are one church in multiple locations with campuses in Avon and Bristol, CT. Our mission is to honor God and grow in Christ by worshipping God, equipping believers, bringing people to Christ and serving our neighbors. We would be honored to have you join us

Worship Service Times & Styles

Each weekend, there are six worship services in two locations: Sundays at 10 a.m. at Greene-Hills School in Bristol. Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 8, 9:30, and 11:15 a.m in the Sanctuary in Avon. There's also a service at 11:15 a.m. at the Avon Campus in The Venue. There are communal dinners on most Saturday and Tuesday evenings at the Avon Campus. We also meet as small groups and classes throughout the week.  We look forward to meeting you.

 

Locations

Avon: 590 West Avon Road, Avon, Connecticut. Get directions and contact information.

Bristol: 718 Pine Street, Bristol Connecticut. We meet at Greene-Hills School in Bristol.

Children & Students

We encourage families to worship together on the weekend, and then choose children's programs and communities for middle school and high school students. During the week, we offer age-specific clubs and gatherings for children, middle school and high school students

There are also special events like summer camps, student retreats and the family summit that will help children and parents grow in their relationships with each other and God.

Sermons

At Valley Community Baptist Church, we value knowing the truth of God and obeying His Word. Senior Pastor Jay Abramson is the lead teaching pastor. We invite you to listen to the latest sermon series.

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Senior Pastor Transition 

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE ELDER BOARD

Jay Abramson informed the Elder Board that he believed God was making it clear that he was in the final phase of his ministry at Valley Community Baptist Church. After nearly 30 years in ministry at Valley, including 25 years as Senior Pastor, he announced at the February Congregational Meeting that he would be retiring in 2020.

Click here to read the entire message.

 

You're Invited: March 31 Meeting

 

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Sunday, March 31, at 5 p.m., Valley Avon

Please make plans to join us for a special all-church Congregational Meeting and dinner on Sunday, March 31. The agenda includes several updates and votes about the Senior Pastor Transition, including positions on the Senior Pastor Search Committee and the hiring of an external search firm. You have to be a member to vote, but you do not have to be a member to attend. No RSVP is necessary, and childcare is provided for kids 3 and under.

 

 

About This Page

 

This page will serve as the communications hub for the entire Senior Pastor Transition process at Valley. Feel free to bookmark and check occasionally for updates and new content. Our goal is to keep you as informed as possible during the transition.

We will also try to answer questions about the transition that would be of widespread interest. Email Communications Director Mike Guersch if you have a question you'd like to see answered in this space. 

 

UPDATE: MARCH  22, 2019

Congregational Meeting Details

Some of the agenda has been set for the March 31 Special Congregational Meeting. We'll have our usual dinner at 5 p.m., followed by updates and voting on several important topics, including the approval of nominees for positions on the Senior Pastor Search Committee, the selection of our external search firm, and approval of costs associated with the search. You have to be a member to vote, but anyone may attend. No RSVP needed. Childcare will be available for kids 3 and under.

 

UPDATE: MARCH 20, 2019

Senior Pastor Transition Question 1:

With the recent departure of our Executive Pastor, how is the staff leadership currently structured? 

Answer: 

An interim leadership plan has been put in place for Valley staff. The plan spreads Tim’s responsibilities and direct reports across three people already in key staff leadership roles at Valley: Senior Pastor Jay Abramson, Church Administrator Kevin Haskins, and Interim Care Ministry Director Jay Kuhrt. Because the partnership between a Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor is crucial to healthy ministry, Valley will not be pursuing another Executive Pastor until the new Senior Pastor is called.

Pastor Jay oversees Kevin Haskins (Church Administrator), Jay Kuhrt (Interim Care Ministry Director), Susan Hart (Worship Arts Director), and Brandon Sanford (NextGen staff to Students and Children). Pastor Jay meets regularly with Pastor Mark Woof (Simsbury) and Pastor Andrew Southwick (Bristol) regarding preaching plans and pastoral mentoring.

Kevin Haskins oversees Pastor Andrew Southwick (Bristol), Pastor Doug Christgau (Outreach) and Pastor Jerry Costley (Spiritual Growth & Discipleship). Kevin continues to oversee Finances, Human Resources, Facilities, and Communication staff. Kevin is an ex-officio participant at the Elder Board meetings and the staff representative on the Standing Search Committee. 

Jay Kuhrt oversees Mark Woof (Simsbury), the IT/systems staff, and the front-office staff. Jay also leads and facilitates all staff team meetings. Jay continues to oversee the Care Ministry staff. 

 

UPDATE: MARCH 15, 2019

Thank you for all the great nominations for candidates for the Senior Pastor Search Committee!

The names have been submitted to the Elder Board. The Board will select three people for approval at the special March 31 Congregational Meeting. If approved, those three people will join the four members of the Standing Search Committee and one Board-appointed elder to form the full eight-person committee. 

Please continue to pray over the search committee process, for your Elder Board, our future Senior Pastor, and Jay and Liz Abramson during this transition time.

 

GOT A QUESTION? LET US KNOW

We want this space to be the information hub for the entire search process. If you have a question that might be of general interest, please email our Communications Director for consideration. Thanks for your participation!