In-Person Meetings Delayed Until 7/10/2020

I’m sorry to report that CR will have to wait until 7/10 to resume in-person meetings.

Because of the holiday weekend the church building is closed this Friday 7/3. Usually on nights the building is closed we are allowed to move our meeting to the Bigg House. But in this case because of capacity limits, resulting from social distancing requirements, we will not be able to use the Bigg House.


Thankfully we still have Zoom and therefore can still gather in our Small Open Share Groups to work our recoveries.


This is disappointing for us but we are sure God’s sovereign will is for our good.

Romans 8:28 NLT
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

PS. We encourage everyone to call someone in their small group, not only to connect with someone this week, but also to make sure everyone is aware of this last minute change

Coronavirus Update

We are canceling our Friday meetings until further notice. In other words, we are self-quarantining our ministry.

“We are not doing this out of fear, but out of love” (Rick Warren)

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him
Psalm 91:1-2 NLT

Coronavirus statement from First Free Senior Pastor Adam Bowers

Given the recent news of the coronavirus spreading to the St. Louis area, we want to let you know what First Free Church is doing to prioritize the safety and well-being of those who attend our church. We do not want to overreact, but we also do not want to be unprepared.

We are praying, not panicking We know that this is no surprise to God. We take comfort in the hope we have in God through Jesus. We are praying for the safety of our community, our country, and the world. We are praying for wisdom for everyone in our church to respond well to the challenges brought by the coronavirus outbreak. We invite you to join us in these prayers.

We will communicate with you about any changes via our website at (efree.org), social media (facebook.com/firstfreestl), and email lists (efree.org/updates) are great ways to get updates.

CR will also post it here at crfirstfree.com.

We encourage anyone feeling sick to stay home We welcome sharing with almost everything, but sickness is something you can keep to yourself.

We are enhancing our cleaning processes We are investing in new equipment and increasing our cleaning time to ensure our facility is as sanitized as possible. We’re paying special attention to the cleaning of children’s rooms, bathrooms, the seats in the auditorium, door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces like railings. We’re also adding hand sanitizing stations throughout the church.

We encourage good hygiene Please wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. If you have to cough, please use the inside of your elbow and cover your mouth to keep any germs from escaping. Remember that the coronavirus spreads before people become symptomatic. Good habits like these will keep you from passing on germs you may not know you have.

We are constantly evaluating ministry activities At this time, we have not canceled ministry activities like our groups, AWANA, Bible studies, and outreaches like the upcoming Easter Egg hunt. However, we will continue to evaluate these carefully and may need to cancel them pending the situation in our community over the next several weeks. The Thorn outreach production has already canceled it’s last few locations, including ours.

CR leadership will be in conversation with church leadership about our commitment to meet 52 weeks a year.
Again, please join us in praying for our community and all those affected by this new virus. We understand that God is ultimately in control and will work all things out for good to those who love Him. We trust in His promises and rest in His peace.
In Christ,
Adam- Senior Pastor First Free Church

Friday March 13, 2020- Testimony: Angie R. & Potluck

We are not in the First Free Chapel tonight. We will be meeting in room 110
(It is best to enter the church via the west entrance)

Potluck Dinner
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.  But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ
Galatians 6:1-2

CR’s principle 8 calls us to yield ourselves to God to be used by him to bring this good news to others, both through our example and through our words.  This principle recycles our pain by allowing God’s fire and light to shine on it, to melt down our old hurts, hang-ups and habits so we can be used again in a positive way.  Our lives can be recycled to show others how we’ve worked the principles and steps, with Jesus’ healing, and how we’ve come through the darkness of our pain into Christ’s glorious freedom and light.

We hope you will join us on Friday, March 13th when another CR participant delivers the good news by giving back to others through the sharing of her story.

Our weekly schedule:

6pm – dinner

7pm – large group (in the Chapel)

8pm – small open share groups (issue & gender specific)

9pm – dessert & coffee/Solid Rock Café

*No child care available*

Friday March 6, 2020- Lesson 13:Admit

” Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
James 5:16

On Friday March 6th, CR we will have a teaching on Step 5, where we admit to God , to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of the wrongs we have done in our lives.  This is not done to wallow in guilt or self-pity but to confess our sins that we might receive the forgiveness and healing that God promises in His word.

Weekly Friday Evening Schedule:
6:00pm – Dinner (optional)
7:00pm – Large group meeting
8:00pm – Small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)
9:00pm – Solid Rock Cafe (dessert & coffee fellowship)

We regret no childcare is available at this time.

Friday 1/31/2020- Video Testimony: Lou

“For His unfailing love for those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west.”

Psalm 103:10-12

On Friday evening, January 31, we will hear Lou’s story (video testimony).

Once a prestigious doctor, he struggled with addiction to Opioids and people pleasing. Hitting rock bottom and losing his medical license, after committing his life to Christ and no longer using drugs to cope with his underlying problems, he felt a call into ministry. God has used CR to bring his greatest ministry out of his greatest shame.

Weekly Friday Evening Schedule:

6:00pm – dinner

7:00pm – large group meeting

8:00pm – small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)

9:00pm – Solid Rock Café (dessert & coffee fellowship)

***No Childcare Available***

Friday, January 17th, 2020 – Lou

Perseverance.

“For His unfailing love for those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.  He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west.”

Psalm 103:10-12

On Friday evening, January 17, we will hear Lou’s story.  Once we complete a Step Study by working the Celebrate Recovery curriculum materials, we are encouraged to write our CR Testimony.  We begin living out Step12 by serving others and sharing the hope we found by taking this recovery journey.  One of the important ways we begin our lives of service is by sharing our stories with others.  Please join us on the 17th and learn how God has worked in Lou’s life to bring him to a place of peace and hope.

Weekly Friday Evening Schedule:

6:00pm – dinner

7:00pm – large group meeting

8:00pm – small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)

9:00pm – Solid Rock Café (dessert & coffee fellowship)

No Childcare Available

Friday February 7, 2020- Lesson 11: Spiritual Inventory (part 2)

“Search me, O god, and know my heart:  test my thoughts.  Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” 

Psalm 139:23-24 (TLB)

In this lesson, we are going to continue our evaluation of ourselves and look at four more areas of our lives where we may have fallen short of the glory of God or actively rebelled against Him.

Our Prayer:

Lord God, it seems dangerous to pray for you to search us and to point out those things that are offensive to you, but we know you’re a God who shows compassion to the lowly and the humble. We know you are a God of steadfast love who seeks us out even when we’re trying to hide from you. We pray you will give us the courage to face these uncomfortable parts of our lives and to believe your promise to be with us the whole way. Help us to do this hard work. Help us know the goal is not just changed behavior but changed hearts that bring you glory and to fill us with your peace and joy.

Weekly Friday Evening Schedule:

6:00pm – dinner

7:00pm – large group meeting

8:00pm – small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)

9:00pm – Solid Rock Café (dessert & coffee fellowship)

***No Childcare Available***