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Valleybrook Community Church finds new home

MAPLE PARK – Valleybrook Community Church will celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Sunday in a bigger building.

On Easter Sunday, the church will hold its first service in the Kaneland Middle School at Meredith Road, at 1N137 Meredith Road, Maple Park.

There will be a reception at 9:30 a.m., followed by the service at 10 a.m.

“It will give us not only a bigger space for worship, but also more classrooms for Sunday School,” said the Rev. Brian Smith, Valleybrook’s founding pastor. He grew up in Batavia.

The church sees 150 people on average at a Sunday service.

Smith said the church was getting pinched for space at its previous location at Blackberry Creek Elementary School in Elburn, where it had been since 2005.

“We were getting pretty tight,” Smith said. “We met in the cafeteria, and we had use of the gym. We have a growing congregation.”

The church is trying to get the word out about its new building.

“We distributed 3,000 door fliers in the Elburn, Kaneville, Maple Park and Virgil area,” Smith said. “Hopefully, that will let people know we are around.”

Valleybrook first opened in its doors in the fall of 2002, meeting on the campus of Broadview Academy in La Fox. Valleybrook began as a “daughter church” of First Baptist Church of Geneva. Smith said the church eventually plans to build a permanent home, but he doesn’t know when.

“There is a family willing to donate to us eight acres of land on Hughes Road, just west of Hughes Creek Country Club,” Smith said. “When the time is right to build, I’m sure we’ll know. We’re open to following God’s timeline on this.”

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