While our church's mailing address is Coppell, which lies to north of our church, our church's name reflects our ties to Valley Ranch, the community south of our church. Valley Ranch is home to the Dallas Cowboys and nearly 30,000 residents living in 4,000 single-family homes and 21 multi-family communities. There are two different school districts within the Ranch: Carrolton Farmers Branch and Coppell. CFB ISD has four school sites in Valley Ranch: Tom Landry Elementary, Bernice Chatman Freeman Elementary, Barbara Bush Middle School, and Ranchview High School. Riverchase Elementary in southwest Coppell is also a CFB school that feeds into Barbara Bush and Ranchview. Coppell ISD's Valley Ranch Elementary was its
first school in Valley Ranch. VRBC has recently chosen to focus our efforts in a partnership with Tom Landry Elementary, where 65% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Check out our opportunities to serve at Tom Landry and other projects in Valley Ranch below.
VRBC has a special heart for this community whose name we bear. Our church has a weekday preschool that serves many Valley Ranch families during the school year. Currently we focus most of our efforts in working with the residents of the Waterford Apartments and the staff and students of Tom Landry Elementary. We have done Vacation Bible Schools, sack lunches, pool parties, school supply donations, school uniform assistance, and gifts for the teachers as they begin a new school year. In the past two years we have also mentored students, decorated bathrooms, and painted walls at Barbara Bush Middle School, worked a field day and Multi-Cultural Night at Valley Ranch Elementary, and served refreshments for a field trip at Freeman Elementary. We also had the privilege of visiting and delivering treats to several of the residents at The Remington, a community for seniors in Valley Ranch.
In September 2008 we conducted a Community Assessment to better discern the needs and ministry opportunities within Valley Ranch and Coppell. Our ministry efforts strive to meet many of the needs revealed in these reports. Click the links to review our Assessment Report
, Demographic Research
, and Profile Maps
. If you are interested in serving on a Mission Partnership Team for Valley Ranch or Coppell to plan community mission opportunities, email Amy Wilkins
, our Minister of Community and Global Missions.
Opportunities to Serve:
Big Hope - Mentoring at Tom Landry Elementary
VRBC is preparing to launch an exciting new initiative in partnership with Tom Landry Elementary, a Valley Ranch school where 65% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. This new initiative is called Big Hope, and it is a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters and Kids Hope USA, perhaps the strongest organization for church-school partnerships. After our new directors are trained in late January, we will pair VRBC mentors with students for a relationship that could change the course of the future for both of them! Each mentor will also need a VRBC prayer partner who will commit to pray for the mentor and student regularly. The need at the school is great—so much so that we are praying for 25 mentors who will be matched with a student to spend one hour per week for mentoring and educational assistance.
- To volunteer, please complete this application and return it to Amy Wilkins or Sharon Bartley at VRBC. Mentors should complete the entire application; those interested in serving as a prayer partner only need to complete the first part, as indicated on the application.
- For more information, please contact Sharon Bartley at email@example.com.
Tom Landry Good News Bible Club
Contact Person: Sharon Bartley
Description: Share God’s love and Word with the children at Tom Landry Elementary School after school on Mondays from 3:00 to 4:30. This ongoing program uses materials from Child Evangelism Fellowship to provide snacks, fun and Bible teaching for students after school. If you are high school age or above and would be able to go and help set up, give out snacks, listen to Bible verses and perhaps lead a small group while they reflect on what they’ve learned and share prayer requests they would welcome your assistance. This is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with our neighboring children.
Contact Person: Teresa Brundige
Contact Phone: 972.304.8722
Description: VRBC hosts a class for our international neighbors to learn English during the school year on Monday and Thursday mornings from 9:15-10:30. Most of our students are young mothers from Japan, Korea and China, and they take comfort knowing that their children are well cared for by VRBC volunteers while they are in class. Due to new jobs and new babies, we have a need for additional weekly volunteers as well as substitutes. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to bring your own children to play with our international children in childcare.
Weekly Worship Services at Silverado Memory Care Facility
Contact Person: Tim & Marilyn Hauter
Description: Every Sunday at 2:00 PM VRBC volunteers conduct a worship service for residents at Silverado Senior Living Facility in Valley Ranch. Many of the residents remember and visibly enjoy the songs and time of worship. The Silverado facility is located at 8855 West Valley Ranch Parkway in Irving, the second light north from I635 on MacArthur Blvd. If you have any musical ability or would like to share a devotional thought from Scripture or even just visit with the residents, this is a great opportunity.