For the next 3 sunday's worship will be online only at 10:30am. 

(Nov. 22, 29, and dec. 6)

Most Recent Covid-19 Update


Given the new Covid state wide pause order, our own UMC Bishop and state wide denominational request, Allendale Public Schools move to remote learning, our current limited volunteer base, and the reality that a significant number of families in the Valley community has covid, recently had covid, or are quarantining because of family members who have; we believe it’s wise to honor all of that and pause in person worship for the next three weeks. We want to do our part to help look out for the community and keep people safe and healthy. 


This is one way we can be on mission as a church right now. 


Our Lead Team spent time in discernment, prayer, and communication this week. It was a supportive and respectful dialogue with unity and much love and respect even in our differences. I am proud of our Team and this is the kind of spirit I envision, pray for, and wish for our whole church. I appreciate the trust and the spirit of unity and unwavering connectedness that we have with one another even in the midst of emotional issues, times, and differing opinions. That’s what the church and community is supposed to be about. That’s why we value love and say, “There are endless number of things that divide us in this world. The church shouldn’t be one of them.” (Neither should Covid I would add!) I continue to pray for that kind of spirit at Valley in the days and weeks and months ahead. I hope you’ll join me in those prayers. 


Covid Sucks! But, we’re not going to let it win or defeat us or divide us!


I’m excited for you to see what we have planned and some fun stuff for online worship in the next few weeks and into Advent and the Christmas season! You really will want to be a part of it. And speaking of worship online here’s 10 simple ways you can make worship the most intentional hour of your week. Because worship can still be worship and powerful online as we gather and engage with our church family. 


  1. Get dressed! Forget your pajama’s and be more intentional about it. Put on something that helps you feel like you’re going to worship. 
  2. Create a sacred space. Light a candle, put a cross in the center of the room or on a table, open your Bible, or do anything else that helps you make your space sacred and ready to honor God at 10:30AM.
  3. Decide if you’re going to gather and worship on Facebook or Youtube. 
  4. Pray together, or even call someone to pray with, right before worship starts. 
  5. Sit with the people you normally do! Start a watch party and worship together with your Go Group, other friends at Valley, or people you usually sit near. 
  6. Invite your friends to church by sharing the livestream on your Facebook page. Faith is always better with friends!
  7. Say “Hello!” And engage. Saying “Hello” to people is part of attending church. Do the same online! Engage in the comments and share your thoughts. When it’s time to text your prayer request, participate and text away. All of this helps you know you’re not by yourself and you’re still connected. 
  8. Don’t just sit there. Stand up and sing. And if you don’t have a great voice that’s awesome because no one will know and you can praise God like crazy! If you have kids have fun with it and make up your own dance or hand motions to the songs. 
  9. Say “Cheese!” Share photos of how you and/or your family are worshipping together and share or tag them to our Facebook or Instagram pages. This helps create a sense of community. 
  10. Take notes during the message to discuss together or with a friend after worship. If you have kids here’s a great way to do that with them!


We’re in your corner and we really are in this together. For God. For People. For a Change. If there is any way we can be supportive or in prayer for you please don’t hesitate to let us know. If you’d like to connect and talk, or if you have any questions, feel free to let me know. I want to be available to you and we genuinely care about you. 


Blessings, keep on keeping on, and see you Sunday at 10:30!


Matt

IN-person WORSHIP. 

Sunday's 10:30AM.

(all you need to know and how to be prepared)

We'll also be online on Facebook and YouTube

We've worked hard to be ready for you, your friends, and the community. Things will be different, but it will still be sacred and safe. Here's everything you need to know. 


  • VALLEY KIDS - Will not resume immediately, but we're working accordingly on plans and ideas through summer and fall. 
  • MASKS - Please have everyone in your household wear a mask to church. Cove your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • HAND SANITIZER - There will be hand sanitizing stations and bottles available in various places.
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCE - Please keep at least 6 feet between households. We will not be shaking hands or giving hugs. But you can do an energetic air-high-five or air-hug!
  • WORSHIP AREA - Chairs and seating will be spaced apart. Please still observe the 6 foot rule when finding your seats.
  • COFFEE CORNER - We will not be providing coffee or doughnuts, but you are more than welcome to bring your own.
  • RESTROOMS - If you, or someone in your household, absolutely must use the restroom still observe the social distancing rules. 


If you are not feeling well, have a fever, are coughing or sneezing, or at high risk for Covid-19 please stay home and worship with us online. 


We understand that many families will continue to worship from home...So Host a Watch Party!

Lead others by leading a watch party on Sunday morning! We've shared some tips below. 


Inviting someone to a Valley at Home watch party is simple...just ask them!


A personal invitation goes a long way. Say you’d love for them to join you! Something like, “We’re hosting a Valley watch party this weekend! Our family would love to invite you to come over for breakfast and worship. Would you like to join us?”

Here's some tips to host your very own watch party...

1. Before

Take a minute to describe what the service will be like - sharing that helps people feel safe. For some, it will be natural to stand during the worship music. For others, it might not be so comfortable. Tha's okay. Inviting everyone to sit down and sing might be a better way to engage. The more natural and authentic you are the more natural and authentic the group and experience will be. 


2. Worship

Begin worshipping on time, and make sure you allow the kids to join in! Turn up the volume and give everyone space to spread out during worship so that everyone is comfortable singing. 


3. Service

Engage in the service the same way that you would if you were at a service in person. When people are invited to pray, bow your head and pray. If the worship leader says, "sing it out", then sing it out. If you're asked to raise your hand or engage with the message then engage. when it's time for the offering and connection card, take out your phone and model engagement while inviting others to do the same. This breaks down the wall between entertainment and worship.


4. Valley Kids

If children will be a part of your watch party, make sure it's engaging for them as well. Invite them to sing and dance (and join them too!). Ask questions, have someone read a Bible story to the younger kids, or have some activities ready for them. Think creatively and ask someone to help you if you need it. 


5. Pray

After the service is done ask if anyone needs prayer. If they do, pray for them and pray as a group! 


6. Gathering

Hang out for a little bit after service. People may get another cup of coffee or revisit the snacks you have out—this is a great sign that they’re feeling connected and are enjoying your gathering. As people leave, invite them back again for next week’s VALLEY AT HOME gathering.