Care Ministries

 
We’re here for you! If you experience a crisis, call the church office at 636.227.0125 (Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm & Friday 8am-4pm). We recognize that life is full of ups and downs, and we want to bring God’s love and truth into all of it. Whether you’re preparing for marriage, dealing with illness, or in need of support, our Care Ministries offer a wide variety of resources to help you grow in your walk with God through all of life’s joys and challenges.
 
COUNSELING
Care Team Counseling
Life often includes challenges that are too big to face alone. Our lay Care Team Counselors are trained to walk alongside and assist people who are in need of hope, care, and direction. Counselors are available by appointment every Thursday evening. You can make an appointment or get more information by emailing care@efree.org.
 
Pre-Marital Mentoring We want to help engaged couples build their marriage on Christ. Couples will meet with a trained mentor couple that will give practical advice and biblical guidance for starting a God-centered marriage. Contact: Bob & Deb Richter at premarital@efree.org
 
Marriage Resources We encourage couples to apply biblical wisdom to their marriages, marked by love, respect, grace, and forgiveness. Through teaching, prayer and mentoring, relational skills are gained that strengthen communication, understanding and intimacy. Contact us for more information about classes and counseling. Contact: Robin Harms at 636.779.2130 or marriageresources@efree.org
 
Crisis Counseling If you are looking for godly counsel, we are here to help. When you call the Congregational Care office, we will connect you with the pastor or counselor best suited to your situation. Contact: Robin Harms at 636.779.2130 or rharms@efree.org
 
Counseling Referrals We maintain a list of counselors who are available to help with ongoing issues or needs. Contact: Robin Harms at 636.779.2130 or rharms@efree.org
 
WEDDINGS

God designed marriage to be a reflection of Christ and the church. We want to help your marriage show the world what the love of Christ is all about.

Planning a wedding is about more than a single day – it’s preparation for a lifetime together. At First Free, we want to help you do both. For more information about planning your wedding at First Free, contact Robin Harms at 636.779.2130 or rharms@efree.org. For information on pre-marital mentoring, email premarital@efree.org.

 
CARE GROUPS
Celebrate Recovery – Fridays at 7:00 pm in the Chapel (www.CRfirstfree.com) We are a Christ-centered recovery ministry for anyone looking for freedom from hurts, habits and hang-ups. Using eight recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and biblical twelve steps, we celebrate the healing power of God in our lives. Contact: Tim and Judy Sloan at 636.779.2174 or celebraterecovery@efree.org
 
Caring for Aging Parents – 3rd Sunday of the month, lunch meeting We are a monthly support group for adults who are in the midst of caring for their parents in any capacity. We want to help you find hope and resources to minister to them one day at a time, depending on God’s guidance every step of the way. Contact: Patty Yoss at caringforagingparents@efree.org.
 
To listen to the recording of the November 18, 2018 special session on Alzheimer Disease featuring Dr. Gregg Day, please click here.
 
Divorce Care – Wednesday evenings This 14-week program combines encouragement and support with the acclaimed, biblically-based Divorce Care Seminar DVD series. We want to help you understand the pain of separation and divorce, cope with finances, embrace forgiveness, and look forward to rebuilding your life. Contact us for information on the next session. Contact: divorcecare@efree.org
 
Loved Ones of Homosexuals – First Saturday of the month, breakfast meeting Through prayer, counseling and encouragement, we seek Godly wisdom on how to relate to a loved one who is gay or lesbian with compassion and biblical truth. Contact: Ken and Laqueta Barstow at lovedonesofhomosexuals@efree.org
 
The Refuge – Sundays, 6:30 pm in room 360 We share the warm light of God’s grace with those suffering from mood disorders such as anxiety, depression and bi-polar disorder. We will help you learn how to find the blessing of joy in spite of life’s difficulties and tragedies. Contact: Jim Davis at therefuge@efree.org
 
PRACTICAL SUPPORT
The Gospel is all about helping those in need. Our Deacons oversee our Benevolence Ministry, which offers assistance to those in our congregation who need it and resources to find financial freedom.
 
Financial Needs Acts 2:42-47 paints a picture of the early Church as a body of believers that lovingly took care of each other’s needs. We want to follow their example by faithfully helping others within our congregation who have financial needs. For help, call the church office and we will have a Deacon contact you as soon as possible. Contact: Church office at 636.227.0125
 
Care for Widows This Deacon-led ministry offers help to widows in areas such as auto care, home repair, computers/IT and taxes. Contact: Bill Menchak at wm1888@att.com.
 
Financial Peace We are a ministry that equips people to faithfully live according to God’s financial principles through budgeting and biblical study. Contact: Dan Dunwiddie at 636.352.9868 or financialpeace@efree.org
 
Visitation Ministry We bring the love of Christ to those who are homebound, in care facilities, or hospitals.
This ministry offers hospital visitation, follow-up and friendship to those who are not able to get out and be an active part of church life. Contact: Todd Grove at 314.265.6285 or tgrove@efree.org Alternate contact: Robin Harms at 636.779.2130 or rharms@efree.org
 
Funeral & Bereavement Planning a funeral in the midst of grief can be overwhelming. We will help you with planning for funeral and visitation services held in our facility and offer pastoral care for the bereaved family. Contact: Robin Harms at 636.779.2130 or rharms@efree.org