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Vale Groups have one, simple purpose: to bring people together. Groups are the best place for sustained life change to happen. A group gives everyone a chance to know and to be known by others and have an opportunity to be discipled and become all God has planned for our lives. That's why Vale Groups exist - to make these life-changing relationships accessible to you.

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Open Groups

Financial Peace University

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Whether you realize it or not, money affects everything – your health, relationships, job performance, and even your future. And when your finances feel out of control, your life does too. Kick-start your journey with this nine-lesson study that helps make money simple by giving you a proven plan you can actually follow. The plan teaches you clear steps to make your money work for you, helps you become debt free, and changes your life for good.

  • When: Every Tuesday, September 21-November 16th
  • Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • Childcare: Available with pre-registration and payment required
  • Location: Vale Church
  • Leaders: Wade Conn

Starting Point

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Starting Point is great way to simply have a conversation about faith. Everything has a beginning. Every person, every idea, every journey starts somewhere. Whether it's one small step in a new direction or a major event, from that point forward nothing is ever the same. It's not always comfortable. It's not always easy. But it's a start.

  • When: Every Tuesday, September 21-November 9
  • Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM
  • Childcare: Available with pre-registration and payment required
  • Location: Vale Church
  • Leaders: Hilary Pacha and Sam Guillory 

Creation

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The Creation Study is a 12-week small group study here at Vale Church that will explore the beginning of time by diving into genesis, as well as a variety of other books from the Old and New Testaments. Genesis is the most important written work in history. It is the foundation of understanding all things in existence, and it gives answers to questions of origins, sin, death, marriage and redemption. Understanding Genesis is essential to understanding humanity’s relationship to God.

  • When: Every Tuesday, September 21-December 9th
  • Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • Childcare: Available with pre-registration and payment required
  • Location: Vale Church
  • Leaders: Andy Schuster 

God's Story, My Story

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God’s Story, My Story is a group experience which unpacks your own personal story in light of God’s grand story. Your purpose is hidden in the subtle nuances and epic events that make up the tapestry of your life. To know and understand your story in its fullness is to know and understand God and His purposes for you.

  • When: September 16- November 18
  • Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • Childcare: Available with pre-registration and payment required
  • Location: Vale Church
  • Leaders: Varies by group

Women

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Grow deeper in relationships with God and with other women through studying God’s Word, discussion, prayer and fun doing life together!

  • When: Tuesdays 
  • Time: 7:00PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Mallory Boychuk
  • Specific Group Characteristics: Young Adult -20s

 

  • When: Wednesdays
  • Time: 6:30PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Angela Poppen
  • Specific Group Characteristics: n/a

 

  • When: Wednesdays
  • Time: 6:00PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Dana Enger
  • Specific Group Characteristics: Studying the book of Romans

 

 

  • When: Thursdays
  • Time: 6:00PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Vale Church
  • Leaders: Chelsi Garrett
  • Specific Group Characteristics: n/a

 

  • When: Thursdays
  • Time: 6:00PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Vale Church
  • Leaders: Judy Jiles
  • Specific Group Characteristics: n/a

 

  • When: Tuesdays 
  • Time: 10:00AM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Shelly Gehrt
  • Specific Group Characteristics:  Widows

 

  • When: Sundays
  • Time: 3PM
  • Childcare: Yes, with pre-registration 
  • Location: Vale 
  • Leaders: Anesdra Garland
  • Specific Group Characteristics:  Single Moms

 

 

  • When: Wednesdays
  • Time: 6:30PM
  • Childcare: No 
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Monika Rosenberger
  • Specific Group Characteristics: Studies focused on worship music

Men

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God has designed you with a purpose and he knows you can’t do it alone. Join other men on their journey with God through studying God’s Word, discussion, prayer, and simply doing life together.

  • When: Every other Saturday
  • Time: 9:00AM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Adam Martinez
  • Specific Group Characteristics: n/a

 

  • When: Tuesdays
  • Time: 6:30PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Josh Mast
  • Specific Group Characteristics: n/a

 

  • When: Saturdays
  • Time: 8:30AM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Richard Buck
  • Specific Group Characteristics: n/a

Marriage 101

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Inviting God into your marriage is a crucial first step in having a healthy, lasting marriage. Join us each week where we will talk about the principles of a healthy marriage. Come learn and discuss topics, such as what marriage is; why it’s important; communication and conflict; love languages; and ways to invest in one another. 

  • When: Every Tuesday, September 21 – October 26
  • Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • Childcare: Available with pre-registration and payment required
  • Location: Vale Church
  • Leaders: Matt and Heather Vagle

Couples

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Looking to connect with other couples and grow in your walk with Jesus? We have several options of couples groups who are married, not married, couples with young kids, teenagers, or a combination of each. Check out the different options and find the right one for you!

  • When: Sundays
  • Time: 3:00PM-5:00PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Jason and Carolyn Sunkel
  • Specific Group Characteristics: n/a

 

  • When: Every other Wednesday
  • Time: 6:30PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Terry and Erin Bline
  • Specific Group Characteristics: n/a

 

  • When: Wednesdays 
  • Time: 6:30PM-8:00PM
  • Childcare: Yes
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Kody and Brittany Tighe
  • Specific Group Characteristics: Young Adult Couples with young kids

 

 

  • When: Wednesdays (twice a month)
  • Time: 7:00PM- 8:30PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Kevin and Tara Alcozar
  • Specific Group Characteristics: Go on occasional social gatherings

 

 

  • When: Sundays
  • Time: 4:00PM
  • Childcare: Yes
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Seth and Dara Brockmeyer
  • Specific Group Characteristics: Couples with kids

 

 

  • When: Every other Sunday
  • Time: Afternoon
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Jose and Melissa Martinez
  • Specific Group Characteristics: n/a

 

 

  • When: Sundays
  • Time: 3PM-5PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Logan and Ryan Ringenberg
  • Specific Group Characteristics: n/a

Blended Families

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Blending a family has many joys, but can also have its fair share of challenges. Why not connect with others who can relate? Study God’s Word, discuss, pray, and do life together!

 

  • When: Every Other Thursday
  • Time: 7:00PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Jim and Nicole Wellman
  • Specific Group Characteristics: n/a

Co-Ed Singles

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God did not intend for us to be alone, but it can be hard to connect with others in a similar life stage as you.  Whether you are looking for a Young Adult or Adult 30+ Co-ed group, Vale has the right fit for you. Check out the different options and find the right fit for you!

 

  • When: Mondays
  • Time: 6:45PM-8:00PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Rachael Shropshire and Marcus Minteer
  • Specific Group Characteristics: Young Adult- mid to late 20s

 

 

  • When: Thursdays
  • Time: 6PM- 7:30PM
  • Childcare: No
  • Location: Bloomington-Normal Area
  • Leaders: Jason Wynn
  • Specific Group Characteristics: Out of college YA; mid 20s to mid 30s
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