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
Current Phase
  • 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

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  • Adults and kids over 9 are asked to wear face coverings and social distance
PHASE 3
TBD
  • Online services at 9 & 11 am at live.efree.org
  • In-person services at 11 am
      • Multiple venues in the church
      • Venues capped, but at a higher percentage than Phase 1
      • Main auditorium used
  • Congregants asked to social distance and wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible
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 service should I attend?
Any service you like, so long as you make a reservation! We’ll have four rooms open initially, and will be tailoring our services slightly in each room. Our service in Room 140 is aimed toward families with young kids. Families will sit together at tables and there will be some kid-friendly service elements. Our service in the Activity Center is for people of all ages, with some special things for families with teenagers. Our service in the Chapel will have a more traditional feel with traditional music. 
 
There may be one or two additional songs or activities added to the service based on the venue, but the same main worship set and sermon message will be played in each room so we’ll all be hearing the same message from the same pastor.
 
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.
 
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 about Kid Connection?
Kids are great at so many things (using their imaginations, stalling at bed time, etc), but they aren’t the best at social distancing. With that in mind, we’re holding off on opening Kid Connection for now. Kids who come to church will need to stay with their parents during the service. In Room 140, our most kid-friendly venue, families will be seated together at tables and there will be some extra fun activities for the kiddos.
 
What are your recommendations for Small Group gatherings?
In Phase 1, the County permits gatherings of 10 people or fewer. 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.