The Valley Church campus is surrounded by the mystery and beauty of God’s creation. The sanctuary looks out on an ancient redwood grove through a wall of glass. The reflection from the stained glass cross appears to dance in the center of the grove. This architecture profoundly impacts the worship, theology, and life of the faith community. One colleague says, “Visitors come for the view, but they come back for the community.” He is right.
The high energy congregation draws people from all over the Bay Area. The 300 member church includes Stanford University students, staff, and faculty, leaders and workers of Silicon Valley, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, and musicians. There is a healthy mix of ages and theological perspectives. What we share is a longing for a connection with community, an experience with the Holy, and meaningful ways to serve in the larger community.
Our vision statement reads:
The VPC family is called to risk the Spirit-led journey,
Inwardly experiencing and worshiping God's presence,
Outwardly living Christ-centered lives,
In community, extending God's grace into the world.
We try to do a few things well, rather than be all things. We focus on four areas:
Worship and Community - Worship is the center of our life together. We value the image of God in all people. Our worship reflects that we were created to live deeply with one another, carrying each other's burdens, sharing our possessions, praying for each other and the world, suffering and celebrating together. In worship we celebrate that through honest, loving relationships that God transforms us and truth becomes a reality. The way of Jesus cannot be lived alone.
Wholeness - We long to be the whole people God created us to be. We embrace the extravagant grace of Jesus Christ that heals and makes us whole in community and personally. We honor the outer life, striving to be healthy in our personally lives, and living into loving relationships of respect, forgiveness, and hope. We value the inner life, celebrating the spark of God in us, and honestly naming and struggling with the shadow places.
The Creative Arts - Made in the image of God, each of us is a co-creator with the Creator. Valley Church is blessed with a dynamic community of artists, musicians, writers, and theater folk. We are well known for our outstanding music and theater arts.
Service - VPC is committed to providing hands-on service experience for our members. We give 20% of our revenues to mission outside our own program. VPC has partnerships with sister churches in the Tenderloin of San Francisco and on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. We have provided Habitat for Humanity with major funding and hands on support for over fifteen years.
Our Larger Family- Valley Presbyterian Church is part of the family of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The denomination has approximately 2.3 million members, more than 10,000 congregations and 14,000 ordained and active ministers. Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him.