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 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***

Friday September 13, 2019 Special Speaker: Adam Bowers

Potluck and Anniversary Celebration

 Theme: “Grateful by the Crate Full”

They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness”

Psalm 145:7

Celebrating 14 years of CR at First Free

Potluck at 6:00 pm- Room 110 (best to come in west entrance of church)

Special Speaker: Adam Bowers- Lead Pastor at First Free Church

Make your own caramel apple in the caramel fountain at Solid Rock Cafe (dessert and fellowship time)

**No Childcare Available***

Friday August 23, 2019- Lesson 25: 7 Reasons We Get Stuck

Friday the 16th we’ll have lesson 25 in the CR curriculum, which is the last lesson for the year (we go by the school calendar)

If you’re new, it’s a great time to start CR because in a couple of weeks we’ll begin all over with Lesson One.

On the other hand, if you’ve been with us throughout, please know that this does not mean we know it all, or that we are cured.  Recovery is a process of spiritual growth, and learning to apply the BIBLICAL principles of recovery, which really are the gospel of Jesus Christ, to our lives every day (theologians call this “sanctification”).

Recovery is not just a CLASS where we get a certificate of completion if we attend all 25 lessons. After doing all the lessons we may have a better understanding of the gospel and have made progress in coping with our “hurts, hang-ups, and habits”, but we still have much to learn about God, others, and ourselves. And we still must put it into action every day. The Road to Recovery is always under construction.

This repetition is not just for repetition sake; it is an opportunity to uncover the next layer that our compassionate God wants to reveal to us as He molds us into who He created us to be: dearly loved sons and daughters.

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, August 16- Testimony: Betsy

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

I John 3:18

We hope you will join us for our Celebrate Recovery meeting on Friday evening, August 16th when we will hear a hope-filled CR testimony.  The world can argue with a lot of things in this life, but the one thing they cannot argue with or ignore is a radically changed life.   At CR we are blessed to hear one of these stories every other week.  We hope to see you on the 16th when again we will all be encouraged by a powerful recovery story!

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 Café (dessert & coffee fellowship) (optional)

***No Childcare Available***

Friday July 26, 2019- Lesson 23: Give

Freely you have received, freely give.’”

Matthew 10:8

On Friday evening, July 26, we will share Lesson 23 – Give.  God never wastes a hurt and, in fact, he can take your hurts and use them to help others.  CR Principle 8 says, “Yield myself to God to be used to bring this good news to others, both by my example and by my words.  All the pain the years of your hurts, hang-ups and habits has caused, all the destruction you may have brought upon yourself and others all finally makes sense when you begin to live out Principle 8.

We hope you will join us on July 26 and that we will meet you soon at a meeting.

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***