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Weekend Worship Times


Main Campus

Saturday at 5:30 pm
Sunday at 8:15, 9:30, 11 AM

Valley Community Center

Maplenol Cafe
Sunday at 9:30 AM


Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
(Valley Church - Dinner Provided at 6 pm)

Leader: Jennifer George

Childcare: Register children 3 and under or awana for older kids
Starts Wednesday, March 27

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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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leader: Deb Hurley

Starts Wednesday, March 27

This Life Group is for women in their 40s and up who are single or single again. It is a place to cultivate deep friendships that are centered in God’s word. If you’re looking for a friendly, no pressure group, this Life Group is for you. The leader, Deb Hurley, has lived in Iowa for 35 years. Born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Deb has two children and five grandchildren. She is a National Power Tumbling and Trampoline judge, which keeps her busy during the winter weekends.

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Sundays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: JULIA LANTZ and Ian Willard


This is a Life Group of unmarried young men and women (mostly recent college graduates and people in their 20s) focusing on Christ-centered community. We strive to grow in our understanding and obedience to the truths of God's word and build friendships in a way that extends beyond just meeting on Sunday nights.

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THE TABLE - Thursdays at 7 pm (Valley Church)

Leader: Joe & Karin Johnson

The Table is a group of mostly 20s and 30s, guys and girls, married, divorced, and single, who want to grow in their faith by digging into the Bible and asking questions and learning together. The group is lead by Joe and Karin Johnson, who are NOT in their 20s and 30s. :-) Serving and social time is also an important part of this group.

We meet at the Farmhouse across the street from the east parking lot of Valley Church.
** Please park at Valley and walk across the street.**
Dessert and social time is at 7 pm. Bible study starts at 7:30 pm.

Check out The Table on Facebook to our most current information.

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Tuesdays at 7 pm (Urbandale)

Leader: Amy Powell

Starts on Tuesday, March 26
Calling all young adult ladies! New and seasoned sojourners of the faith will navigate life together, centered Christ’s truth and love in this vibrant community. Amy has been in Des Moines for 10+ years. She uses exclamation points excessively, is a world explorer, and admittedly is a work in progress, forever thankful for God’s grace. It is a joy to meet you!

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Wednesdays at 6 pm (Valley Church)

Leader: Jon Fontenot

Starts Wednesday, March 26

Jon is marreid to emily and they have three kiddos ages 5, 2, and 6 months 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 topics and stuides that are geared toward men.

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Young Marrieds (with or without kids)

Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (West Des Moines)

Leaders: Jon & Emily fontenot

Starts Tuesday, March 26

Jon and Emily Fontenot recently moved from the San Francisco Bay area to West Des Moines. They've been married for almost 10 years and have three energetic kids--Amelia, age 5, Dominic, age 2, and Eliana, born last summer. Jon joined the Valley Church staff in August 2017 and Emily works part-time remotely for an organization that serves immigrants. This group is primarily for younger marrieds in their 20s-40s, with or without kids. The Fontenots are looking forward to building rich community with people from different backgrounds in the Des Moines metro!

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Young families

Sundays at 5 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Tony & Annie Stec

Starts Sunday, March 24

Tony and Annie live in West Des Moines and have three young children (Sophia, 6, Weston, 8, and Sienna, 10). Tony has been on the Valley Church staff since 2008 and loves the opportunity to serve the church! Annie stays at home with the kiddos and runs a small business. Most of the people in this group have small children, but anyone interested in pursuing deeper community is welcome. This Life Group will meet on Sunday evenings and share a meal together into the fellowship time. If you're looking for a friendly community of people to grow deeper with through the study and application of God's word, then this is the place for you.

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Sundays at 6 pm (Urbandale)

Leaders: Dave & Kelli Schoney

Starts Sunday, March 24
Dave and Kelli Schoney are parents to four kids ages 7 months-14 years. Dave is a computer programmer and Kelli homeschools their kids. They have been a part of Valley Church for 10 years. This group is for families who are wanting to pursue true community and do real life with each other. Our hope is to be a place of encouragement, fellowship, and prayer as we work through the parenting years together. Come join us!

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)


Starts Wednesday, March 27
Childcare: Register children 3 and under or awana for older kids
This Life Group is for couples looking to grow their daily walk with Jesus and to encourage one another to know him more deeply. We look to share life and develop true community through weekly discussion and fellowship. Eric and Carissa have attended Valley Church for over ten years and are parents to four active boys.

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Empty Nesters

Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (Waukee)

Leaders: roger & Karen blake

Starts Tuesday, March 26

Roger is an air traffic control specialist at the Des Moines airport. Karen is a retired 7th and 8th grade science teacher. We both love ballroom dance and cruising. We have two grandchildren--Emma, age 5, and Ian, age 3. Karen enjoys watching them each week. Our Life Group is called Transitions, as there is nothing more certain than change, especially as we age. And change is best endured with Christian friends. Come transition with us!

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Sundays at 11 am (Valley Community Center)

Leaders: Darin & Erika Stevenson


Want to make friendships with people who attend the Maplenol service or are looking for a Life Group where all stations of life are welcome? Look no further because the Maplenol Life Group starts this September. This new Life Group is made up primarily of Maplenol attendees. Sign up today to get connected!

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Every Other Sunday at 6 pm (Johnston)

Leaders: Brian & Amy Natzke

Starts Sunday, March 24

We are a group of couples with children in elementary school-college who meet every other Sunday night in a home in Johnston from 6-8 pm. We typically do a topical study with some outside of group time reading along with discussing the sermon. We would love to add another couple or two to our group! New members can be any age and in any life stage who are open to meeting in Johnston.

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Sundays at 6:30 pm

Leaders: angie criger

Starts Sunday, March 24

My name is Angie Criger. I'm a young professional and have been attending Valley for 11 years. I'm excited to start a new Life Group where all ages and stations of life are welcome. My hope is that we would build community while growing deeper in our relationship with Christ. If you're looking for genuine community, then look no further. I can't wait to see who God will bring to this group!

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Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Jay & Kim erickson and john dillon

Childcare: Register children 3 and under or awana for older kids
Starts wednesday, March 27

Mixed Fruit is a multi-station group of fun and fruity people who will build one another up and hold each other accountable to showing the fruits of the Spirit! We want to live Chirst-centered lives that impact our families, our friends, and our communities.

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Saturdays at 7 pm (Waukee)

Leaders: Paul & Kari Nilles

Starts Saturday, March 30

Saturday Night—Live is a group for all generations looking for a place to gather after the Saturday night service. This group will meet weekly in our Waukee home for a fun time of fellowship, food, and developing deep relationships centered around Christ. 

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Reasonable Faith: Apologetics
First and Third Monday of Each Month at 7 pm (Valley Church)

Leaders: Steve Stratton

Starts Monday, April 1
Contact Reasonable Faith to confirm meeting place

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.

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Catalyst - Next Step after Divorce Care

Sundays at 11 am (Valley Church)

Leader: John Berglund

This Life Group is for single-again people who have gone through Divorce Care and are looking to make friends that have had a similar experience and want to grow in their relationship with Christ.

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Grief Share

Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leader: Patti Abram

Starts Monday, March 26
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. GriefShare meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.

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Divorce Care

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Valley Church)

Leader: John Berglund

Started in January
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 as we begin our session in January.

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