Phased Reopening Plan
First Free is implementing a phased reopening plan for our church, in accordance with local government guidelines.
All of our dates are subject to change if government guidelines change.
Please note, our Reopening Plan does not correspond with the state’s Recovery Plan.
 
The phases are outlined below. To view our detailed Reopening Plan, click here.
 
PHASE 1
March 15 -June 21 
  • Online services at 9 & 11 am at live.efree.org
  • No in-person services
PHASE 2
June 21 – August 30
  • Online services at 9 & 11 am at live.efree.org
  • In-person services at 11 am
      • Multiple venues in the church
      • Each venue capped at 25% of normal capacity
  • You’ll need to make a reservation to attend an in-person service so we don’t have too many people in one space at a time

    Make a Reservation
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  •  Face coverings are required for those over 5 years of age and strongly encouraged for ages 3-5, in accordance with the St. Louis County Public Health Order
  • Please social distance
PHASE 3
Starting August 30
  • Online services at 9 & 11 am at live.efree.org
  • In-person services at 11 am
      • Main auditorium open (venues in the Chapel, Room 140, etc, closed for now)
      • Capped at 25% of normal capacity
      • Outside overflow option available on the north patio
  • Kid Connection Lite open! To learn more, click here.
  • You’ll need to make a reservation to attend an in-person service so we don’t have too many people in one space 

    Make a Reservation

  • Face coverings are required for those 5 years of age and older, and strongly encouraged for ages 3-5, in accordance with the St. Louis County Public Health Order
  • Please social distance
PHASE 4
TBD
  • Online services at 9 & 11 am at live.efree.org
  • In-person services at 9 & 11 am
      • Normal worship services in the auditorium
  • Social distancing measures not required
Frequently Asked Questions
 
Is the church office open?
The office is currently closed, but calls to 636-227-0125 (Monday-Thursday 8 am – 5 pm & Friday 8 am – 4 pm) are still being answered, mail is being collected, and checks are being processed.
 
I need care! Can you help?
If you’d like to submit a prayer request, click here. To request help, click here.
 
What are First Free’s cleaning practices?
  • We disinfect all surfaces immediately after use
  • We use disinfectant fogger on the entire room after each use
  • We disinfect all restrooms regularly
  • We wipe down all touched surfaces regularly
 
Will you provide face coverings and hand sanitizer?
Face coverings and hand sanitizer are provided at each entrance. For a refresher on face covering best practices, click here.
 
Should I attend an in-person service?
Please consider the following questions:
  • Have you had any symptoms linked with coronavrius (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, and/or fever above 100.4 F) in the last 72 hours (3 days)? 
  • Have you been around anyone with the above symptoms (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, and/or fever above 100.4 F) in the past 14 days? 
  • Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
  • Have you traveled anywhere that has a significant number of new COVID-19 cases, or is considered a COVID-19 “hot spot,” in the last 14 days?
  • Do you live with, or have frequent contact with, someone over 65 or someone who has a serious underlying health condition?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, we ask that you participate virtually for the following two weeks. Those that are 65+ and/or those with serious underlying health conditions should consider participating virtually until Phase 3.
 
What are services like?
Our 11 am in-person service in the auditorium is as close to a ‘regular’ service as we can get right now, with live worship (no congregational singing yet) and preaching. We’ve blocked off rows in the auditorium to make sure that we all stay an appropriate distance apart, and face coverings are required for anyone 5 years and older, in accordance with the St. Louis County Public Health Order. If you’d like to attend, you will need to make a reservation
 
We’ve closed the venues in the Chapel and 140 for now, but we’re keeping the outside overflow area on the north patio open and available.
 
Why do I need to make a reservation?
We are required by St. Louis County to not exceed 25% occupancy in our rooms. So, to help us plan, we’re requiring that anyone who is interested in coming to church make a reservation at efree.org/reservation.
 
What about Kid Connection?
Kid Connection is open during the 11 am service! We are operating on a smaller scale than normal at first, with three rooms open (Nursery, Preschool, and Elementary). You will need to reserve a spot for each child that will be in attendance. If you have any questions, please email kidconnection@efree.org. To read Kid Connection’s full opening plan, click here.
 
How will I know where to park or enter the building?
When you make your reservation, you’ll get an email from us confirming your reservation – please read it closely. In that email, you’ll be assigned a parking lot and entrance to the building. Please park in your assigned parking lot, which will be marked with colored-coded banners. When you arrive, there will be parking lot attendants and greeters to help you find your way.
 
What are your recommendations for Small Group gatherings?
If your group chooses to meet, we recommend a location large enough to allow appropriate social distancing (6 feet), limiting personal contact (i.e. avoid hugs and handshakes for now), appropriately cleaning the area before meeting (if applicable), and having plenty of hand sanitizer on hand. If your group meets on church property, face coverings are required.