Learn About Valley Simsbury Groups!

There are two plug-in points here at Valley Simsbury: Worship and Groups. We encourage everyone to join a group, where you can connect with others and grow spiritually.

We have three different kinds of groups. They're explained below, but first, watch this introductory video from Pastor Mark:

Group Descriptions & Sign-Ups


Classes meet in person or online via Zoom for a specific number of weeks (usually 6-13). Classes focus on a specific topic of study or relevant life matter.

Current Classes

Starting Point

Sundays, 9 a.m., The Master’s School

Faith has a "starting point!" If you are getting started in your faith, seeking answers about faith, or returning to faith that you left after childhood, this class is for you. We’ll engage in interactive discussion about the basics of what we believe and why we believe -- no questions are off-limits!

There is no need to register. If you do plan on attending just send a quick email to so we can plan to have enough resources. This class is led by Ray and Silvana D'Arche. 

divorce Care

DivorceCare gathers Mondays at 7 p.m. at Valley Simsbury Headquarters (3 Mill Pond Lane, Simsbury). Book cost is $10. Please email if you're interested.

Holy Stretch & Strength

This weekly gathering will refresh and restore you through breath and movement exercises, as led by a trained instructor – Suzanne Petersen. It's just right for your body AND your soul! Email Suzanne and ask to be added to her weekly communications. 

Thursday Evenings at Valley Avon (590 W. Avon Road, Avon)


Neighbor Groups

Neighbor Groups are for the entire family and meet at homes (currently outdoors). They focus on the second great commandment – “love your neighbor” – which means loving each other and teaming together to love the people where we live, work, and play. Examples of what Neighbor Groups do or focus on:

Whether potluck, prepared by the host, or ordering in, eating together builds trust and community. The goal is an extended-family environment.

Discuss the message that was preached on Sunday or share personal faith stories. The goal is to encourage one another in spirit and truth.

Each week, ponder who needs the tangible touch of God (blessing) in our church or your relational networks. Then make concrete plans to bless.

As you share about your lives and ponder who God is sending you to bless, seek God for his anointing, provision and power. 

Email us to find a Neighbor Group that fits you!

Men's and Women's Groups (DNA)

Men's and Women's Groups are smaller gatherings of 3-5 people of the same gender who dig deep into life together. Groups “Discover” God’s truth, provide “Nurture” in the difficult and daily matters of life, and encourage each other to “Act” on the steps God’s Spirit is encouraging them in. Below is the list of current leaders and group details.

Women's Groups

Mayla Anderson & Emily Brooks - Every other Monday, 8 p.m. at Giv Coffee in Canton 

Janet Woof - Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. at the Woof residence

Terri Dahlstrom - Every other Tuesday, 6 p.m. at 3 Mill Pond (Valley Simsbury Headquarters)

Cynthia McPeak & Rushika Heinle - Every Wednesday,10:30 a.m. at the Heinle residence.  

Anna Robbins & Melanie Marchetti - Every other Wednesday at 3 Mill Pond (Valley Simsbury Headquarters)

Men's Groups

Marvin Gibbs - Every other Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. location varies

Mark Woof & Ray D'Arche - Every other Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Chili's

Matt Heinle & Bob McPeak - Every other Thursday, 8 p.m. at Chili's

Ken Kuhl & Simon Burckhard - Every other Saturday, 8 a.m., at the Burckhard residence

Bob McPeak & Matt Heinle - Every other Thursday, 8 p.m. at Chili's

Email us to find a Group that fits you!

Moms & Minis Squad

Valley Simsbury's new "M&Ms" group -- "Moms & Minis Squad" -- is designed to build relationships, provide encouragement, and share best mom practices, all with a missional and Gospel focus. It's for moms of kids in preschool and younger, and open to anyone in the neighborhood!


We meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon on scheduled Fridays (see below) at Valley Simsbury Headquarters (3 Mill Pond Lane, Simsbury) The gathering is free and childcare is provided. There's no need to RSVP. Please email Valley Simsbury Children and Family Discipleship Leader Rushika Heinle at 

Gathering Dates

March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6, May 20