Join us this week

This Sunday we’ll celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord, under the leadership of Rev. Bob Dean, a retired United Methodist pastor who lives here in the Des Moines area. His message, “Gone for Good,” is based on Luke 24.44-53. Our choir will say farewell until fall with the signature song, “Peace I leave with you.” On this Memorial Day weekend Sunday, we hope you’ll join in. Follow along with our worship bulletin.

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Most Recent Worship Service

If you’re visiting when we aren’t “live,” you can worship anytime with our most recent worship service.

Sunday, May 22, 2022–“Woke”

On Sunday, we were led by Pastor Cindy Hickman, a retired United Methodist pastor who previously served West Des Moines UMC and has lived in our neighborhood for decades. She presented a message—“Woke”—based on Ephesians 5.6-16. We remembered the ways God has awakened us to know things we didn’t know before, and how those things have changed us. We hope you’ll join in. Follow along with our Worship Bulletin.

Join us in person

We’d love to welcome you in person. We have ample parking and you can enter from the east doors (under the carport) with no steps or from the lower doors on the north side, and walk up the steps to the sanctuary.

An informal time of fellowship with coffee and occasional treats happens after worship, in the Fellowship Hall right next to the sanctuary. It’s a great chance to connect with a new friend!

What to expect

We worship in a semi-traditional style, with an organ alongside piano most weeks and sometimes a guitar, handbells, and other instruments. We sing from the hymnal and also incorporate newer songs and melodies, seeking to express and connect with the worship theme, the moment we’re in, and the people with us in person and by Livestream.

During most seasons, we’ll follow a theme for four to six weeks, usually based on the lectionary or a book or theme of the Bible.

We offer Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month, and occasionally at other times. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table who are seeking to grow in faith. We understand Holy Communion as a means of grace by which we may be brought closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.. You do not have to be a member of Valley or even baptized. You are welcome.

Thursday Exhale

For several weeks since the start of 2022, we offered a worshipful gathering on Thursday evenings at 7:00 that’s intended to offer some space to breathe. This program is on hold right now but will likely return later in the year. We’d include some music, a bit of Scripture, time to consider some simple questions, a little prayer, and sometimes a ritual to connect us with our faith roots or our own spirit. Check back for future opportunities.