Sunday Morning Groups

 
 
SUNDAY MORNING GROUPS function as an accessible pathway for Intentional Relational Discipleship, as evidenced by authentic connection, spiritual growth, and heart transformation that facilitates the achievement of our mission to make, to mature, and to multiply fully-committed followers of Jesus Christ on Sunday morning and beyond.
 

These communities meet on Sunday mornings opposite the worship services both at 9 am and 10:45 am. Some communities focus on a topical study such as finance, parenting, or leadership training, while other communities have a focus on interactive Bible study and prayer. To find your fit, contact groups@efree.org or call 636.779.2130. To view the Adult Communities Charter, click here.

 

Winter 2019 Sunday Morning Groups

Sundays, 9:00 am and 10:45 am
First Contact: Robin Harms (636.779.2130/rharms@efree.org)
 
Groups at First Free provide a place to belong. Some groups meet on Sunday morning in our church building, others meet in homes during the week, some focus on specific life issues, and others are designed for men or women. Regardless of the group you choose, you will find a place to grow in your faith, find meaningful service, and build caring friendships.
 

FIRST HOUR (9 am)

Open Bible Study (Room 339)
A truth-seeking community using a homework-based facilitated discussion format to study God’s Word, engage with each other, and mature in our walk with Christ.
Co-Leaders: Eric Steiner & Wayne Bircher
Current Study – Ephesians – Building a Community in Christ
We long to belong… to be loved and accepted by others. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is about uniting all things in Christ. Here we learn how to overcome what separates us from God and those around us – husband from wife, parent from child, employer from employee. These studies provide insights into the mystery of the church.
 
Life 360 (Room 360)
We enjoy fellowship, supporting each other with prayer and service, and interactive, discussion-based Bible study.
Co-Leaders: Mark Capron & Doug Austin
Current Study – Finding Jesus in the Old Testament
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. (Luke 24:27 NIV) Join us as we study the Old Testament references to Jesus. Our study will include Messianic prophesies, Biblical covenants, Old Testament appearances, and Christ in every book. Truly, the Bible is “His” story.
 
Promise Seekers (Room 372)
A co-ed group, both married and single, in their mid-to retirement years that actively seek God’s Promises on a daily basis and reflect this in our caring for others.
Leader: Larry Collett & Bob Timken
Current Study – Practicing the Presence of God
Scripture calls us to live a life that is grounded in Faith. “We live by faith, not by sight.” We will study some of the basic elements that help us practically to do just that. The Bible refers to it as “living in the Spirit,” “living in Christ,” “living in the Kingdom,” and a life that produces spiritual fruit. We will use the book, “The Practice of the Presence of God,” by Brother Lawrence and Scripture as our text for the study.
 
Sonship (Room 311)
Stressing the power of the Gospel, strengthening of the Spirit, and love of God to transform our lives into the image of Christ by in-depth study, sharing, and encouragement.
Co-Leaders: Mike Proctor, Jeff Cowdry, Fess Crockett, MaryAnn Kuechler, Trish Langeneckert, and Steve McFarland
Current Study – Sonship
A class for people who are tired of their same old sins and are soul searching for the freedom promised in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Join this open, hopeful, and transparent community. Tim Keller (renowned Christian pastor and author) said the Sonship book had a major impact on his faith. Miraculous transformations are happening – we would love for you to come!
 
Beacon (Room 315)
A large multi-generational community – married and single – applying God’s word to life’s issues. We emphasize prayer and sharing life’s burdens, discipleship, service projects, and fun.
Co-Leaders: Dale Streufert & Carol Bernier
Current Study – The Book of Genesis
Join us for a study on the first book of the Bible!
 
Young Adults (Room 312/313)
A Christ-centered, vulnerable, welcoming community, encouraging spiritual growth and sharing Christ in word and deed while helping each other discover their identity in Christ.
Co-Leaders: Bryan & Jessica Little
 
Truth.Love.Community (TLC) (Room 341)
TLC is a class for married couples who have a desire for learning God’s Truth, Loving one another through intentional prayer and acts of service, and having Community to share in life’s ups and downs. Most couples range in age from their late-twenties to early-forties with young kids. We spend time in the Word together and have prayer time at the end of each class. Come join us!
Co-Leaders: Mark & Danae Hoppe, Ben & Kelly Thomas, Martin & Elizabeth Truong
 
D6 (Room 300)
D6 is a community for parents of teens and pre-teens. If you are unable to join us on Sunday, we would still love to have you join us for parent socials and family events. If you would like to be on our email list for these activities, please email D6community+subscribe@googlegroups.com.
Co-Leaders: Barry & Lauren Garber
Current Study – Genesis and Today’s Tough Topics
Join us as we explore the book of Genesis and learn about the tough topics our kids are facing today.
 
Paradigm (Room 314)
Paradigm is a group of diverse young adults roughly between the ages of 18 and 26 who are either working or attending college. We gather together for faith, food, and fellowship. We seek to study God’s word and discuss how it can apply to our daily living.
Leader: Austin Strange Current Study – The Pursuit of Holiness This winter we will be taking a look at our responsibility as it relates to our pursuit of holiness. We will be using The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges as a guide. I hope that you all can join us!
 

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SECOND HOUR (10:45 am)
 
Chinese Friends Sunday Bible Class (Chapel)
Knowing the Bible 認識聖經  – Love the Word, Learn the Word, and Live the Word.
Co-Leaders: Weimin Wang & Stephen Wu
Current Study – What is the Bible All About?
We are studying the major themes of the Bible according to the gospel of John. 約翰福音
 
Homebuilders (Room 372)
A mid-sized, multi-generational class, united in our dependence on God and His transforming work. We use a conversational approach to thematic Bible study and topical themes.
Co-Leaders: Todd Grove, Frank Agovino, & Julio Serra-Jones
Current Study – Christmas Study / The Church at Thessalonica
During the month of December, Homebuilders will be doing a special Christmas Study. Then in January we will launch into a study of Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica. These two pastoral letters focus on Christ’s return and how that hope provides comfort in times of suffering and persecution as well as giving us motivation to live responsibly for Him.