An Easter journey
Photo: Valleybrook Community Church Pastor Brian Smith of Batavia touches base on the meaning of Easter with the youth before excusing them to Sunday school. Photo by Lynn Logan
Valleybrook Church celebrates Easter with new location
MAPLE PARK—Valleybrook Community Church celebrated Easter on Sunday in its new location at the former Kaneland Middle School on Meredith Road, next to the high school.
Valleybrook was founded in 2002 and began life at the former campus of the Broadview Academy on Keslinger Road in La Fox. The church in 2005 moved to Blackberry Creek Elementary School in Elburn.
Valleybrook was originally a daughter church to the First Baptist Church of Geneva. Initially it had a launch team of 100 people from the First Baptist Church, and now has around 150 people who attend regularly. After experiencing an increase in attendance, Pastor Brian Smith felt it was time for Valleybrook to move to a different location that would support a bigger congregation.
“With growth in attendance beginning to squeeze us at Blackberry Creek last fall, we learned of the larger middle school and made plans to hold our larger Christmas service there in December (2013),” Pastor Smith said. “Our people were excited about the middle school facility at Christmas, and we began to explore possibilities of making a more permanent move by Easter.”
The church gathered together at their new location at 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday to enjoy a continental reception with coffee and rolls, followed by its worship service at 10 a.m.
Their service featured a mix of traditional hymns and contemporary music, a children’s lesson, and a message explaining why Christ’s death on the cross is the most important gift that the world has ever received, according to Pastor Smith. Kids in grades kindergarten through third had their children’s church during the service, where they learned about the importance of the meaning behind Easter.
After their regular church services, Valleybrook has what it calls a “connection time,” which is similar to Sunday school for adults and children.
A forward-thinking church, Valleybrook has already preselected a location should it choose to have a new facility built in the future.
“The location is on Hughes Road, not far from Route 47,” Pastor Smith said. “As far as the timing, that is in God’s hands.”