3/24/2020
We have made the decision to temporarily close our office. Please note that calls to 636-227-0125 (Monday-Thursday 8 am – 5 pm and Friday 8 am – 4 pm) will still be answered. Mail is still being collected and checks are still being processed.
 
3/21/2020
Pastor Adam is going to post videos regularly with updates, interviews, Scripture studies, panel discussions, and videos on how the church continues on during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
If you want to get these, make sure you’re subscribed to Senior Pastor Updates! You can get on the list at efree.org/updates.
 
You can also subscribe to the YouTube channel here.
 
Please note: This video was recorded before the St. Louis County Stay at Home order was issued. The information is mostly the same but you won’t hear about the latest restrictions in this video.
 

 
 
3/17/2020
 
Church, we’re so thankful for the technology that allows us to stay connected digitally even if we cannot meet physically! We loved being able to worship with so many of you via our live stream on Sunday. At the same time, there is something special about getting together in person and I know we are all eager to do that again very soon.
 
For the next several weeks, our worship gatherings will have to be online only. If the current restrictions remain in place, we may need to continue this until May 10, with May 17 being our first service back together.
 
A number of the special services we had planned for March and April must now be postponed. We will do everything on a later timetable. The gathering restrictions will also impact our other ministry activities like Women’s Bible Studies, Community Bible Study, MOPS, AWANA, and Celebrate Recovery. We’re giving guidance to each of these ministries on how to proceed so they can contact their communities directly.
 
Giving
Our giving last Sunday was down 25% but our expenses did not go down 25%. The impact of not meeting has a very small impact on expenses. Staff, missionaries, utilities, the mortgage, and other expenses continue without a break. Please continue supporting this church even though we are not able to physically attend services together. You can do this at efree.org/give or, if that site is overloaded on Sunday, use onehub.church.
 
Online Prayer Gathering Thursday Night
John Richardson will lead us in an online prayer gathering Thursday night, March 19 at 7:00 PM. You can join using this link: https://zoom.us/j/3146256064.
 
Website
Our website provider has struggled to keep their system working so we are looking at other options. In the meantime, we have set up an alternate site with the most important links at onehub.church. Please feel free to share this link with anyone looking to watch online, get connected, ask for prayer, or give if our main site is not working.
 
Church At Home Pics With #firstfreestl
One way we can stay connected is to see each other worshiping at home. Each week, please take a picture of you and anyone else watching the service with you and having church at home. Post these pics on Facebook or Instagram with #firstfreestl. We can all see these pictures and know that we’re gathering together for worship. This will also promote the services to others who may not have a church home and might join us for the first time. Let’s turn a crisis into an outreach!
 
This is a challenging time and the first time any of us have experienced something like this. We can be an example of Christians who care for the least of these. We can be a light for those who have no hope. We can be good citizens who represent Christ well and do our part to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
 
Most of all, we can ask God to keep people safe and use the pandemic to draw people to Him.
 
To read Adam’s full email: https://conta.cc/2wfjDOL
 
 
3/13/2020
 
This Sunday, all services at First Free Church will be online only.
 
Earlier today, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has issued a State of Emergency to help address transmissions of coronavirus. An order has also been issued to limit groups of people meeting to 250 or less. While religious institutions are constitutionally free from these restrictions, we will still follow them. 
 
We encourage you to join us online this Sunday morning at 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM for our regular services including announcements, worship music, a special outreach interview, and the next message from the Undivided series.
 
Our website for live streaming is efree.org/live and we encourage you to send this to friends and family who may not usually attend church or may attend a church that does not live stream.
 
Please note that our translation service will still work as you watch the live stream. You can read a live transcription of the message in over 60 different languages by going to efree.org/translate during a service.
 
Our Student Ministry and Kid Connection ministries such as AWANA were already off this week due to spring break. Other ministries are evaluating whether to gather and will communicate with their attendees directly.
 
Any time attendance decreases, giving typically does as well. Please consider using the online giving options at efree.org/give and consider signing up for recurring giving. This creates a more stable source of income for the church and allows us to better plan our ministry for the rest of the year. You can read Adam’s full statement from today here.
 
Please continue to pray for our community. We are offering an online prayer gathering on Thursday, March 19, that will give us an opportunity to pray together. For more information on this event, click here.
 
We will continue to post all updates here, on our Facebook page (facebook.com/firstfreestl), and via email (sign up at efree.org/updates).
 
 
 
3/12/2020 
 
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. You can read Pastor Adam’s statement from March 11 here.
 
In response to this pandemic, we are canceling events like The Thorn and the Easter Eggstravaganza. It disappoints us greatly to have to do so, but we would rather be safe than sorry. We are monitoring the situation and will make decisions about other upcoming events, ministry activities, and Sunday services as we learn more.
 
We will post all updates here, on our Facebook page (facebook.com/firstfreestl), and via email (sign up at efree.org/updates).
 
Please take good care of yourselves and those around you, and join us in praying for the safety of our city, country, and world.