FAQs

 
What happened to Valley Community Church and Agawam Church of the Bible?
On May 23rd, 2010 two churches came together to form Hope Community Church.  Leadership teams from both congregations met for several months to map out a plan for combining the two congregations.  After several visitation meetings and combined events we finally merged as one church.  (Valley Community Church had been meeting together on the hill for over 45 years, and Agawam Church of the Bible had been meeting at the local junior high for almost 20 years.) 
 
Why “Hope”?
Our desire now is to reach the community of Agawam/Feeding Hills with the message of hope that is found in Jesus Christ.
 
What should I expect when I visit Hope?
First and foremost, we hope you get to know God better. Our “feel” is casual, but our faith is strong.  As we say, we don’t care what you wear – we just care that you’re there.  
 
When you enter our front doors, you’ll be greeted by a smiling face and probably be handed a Connections bulletin that provides you with some basic info about Hope. Feel free to ask any questions to our greeters. They’re there to help make your visit with us easy and meaningful. 
 
We are family-friendly. You are encouraged to keep your kids with you during our worship time. Kids are kids, and they don’t have to be absolutely quiet. However, if you find the need, there is a nursery for children up to 3 years old located near the main entrance and adjacent to the sanctuary. During the message time, kids ages 3 through 2nd grade are invited to go to Kid’s Time which takes place downstairs in our classrooms. They will be dismissed before the message and meet their leaders in the lobby. It’s fun, and they will experience church at their level. You may join your child until you feel more comfortable leaving them with our trained Kid’s Time Leaders.
 
Our worship time is decidedly contemporary. That term can mean different things to different people. Our Worship Team consists of guitars, bass, piano, drums, synth, and a contemporary worship choir. We usually sing a couple of songs, share some announcements with everyone, pray, sing a few more songs, listen to a bible-based message from our pastor, and end with another song. On the first  Sunday of each month we observe Jesus’ death and resurrection through communion. On other Sundays we may have someone from our community share their testimony of how they came to know Jesus or how He is working in their life. Or we may highlight one of the missionaries we support.  
 
Immediately following the service, kids ages 3 through 12th grade are welcome to attend Sunday School with knowledgeable  and caring teachers. Ages 3 through 2nd grade meet in our classrooms downstairs. Grades 3 to 12 meet across the parking lot in our Hope House classrooms. Grades 3 to 6 gather at the front of the sanctuary and walk over together with the teachers after the service. 
 
Adults are invited downstairs after the service for some coffee, snacks, and a chat, usually about the message they just heard. It’s an informal time to ask questions or share observations about the sermon. You can engage as much as you want, or just sit back and soak it all in. Some Sundays we just take the time to sit and talk with others who came to church that morning over a cup of coffee.
 
I noticed you don’t pass a basket looking for money during the service. Why?
Finances are important to the health of a church. However, we never want money to be the focus of our gatherings. There is a box located in the lobby where regular attenders can place their monetary offerings.