Coronavirus statement from First Free Senior Pastor Adam Bowers

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.

We are praying, not panicking We know that this is no surprise to God. We take comfort in the hope we have in God through Jesus. We are praying for the safety of our community, our country, and the world. We are praying for wisdom for everyone in our church to respond well to the challenges brought by the coronavirus outbreak. We invite you to join us in these prayers.

We will communicate with you about any changes via our website at (, social media (, and email lists ( are great ways to get updates.

CR will also post it here at

We encourage anyone feeling sick to stay home We welcome sharing with almost everything, but sickness is something you can keep to yourself.

We are enhancing our cleaning processes We are investing in new equipment and increasing our cleaning time to ensure our facility is as sanitized as possible. We’re paying special attention to the cleaning of children’s rooms, bathrooms, the seats in the auditorium, door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces like railings. We’re also adding hand sanitizing stations throughout the church.

We encourage good hygiene Please wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. If you have to cough, please use the inside of your elbow and cover your mouth to keep any germs from escaping. Remember that the coronavirus spreads before people become symptomatic. Good habits like these will keep you from passing on germs you may not know you have.

We are constantly evaluating ministry activities At this time, we have not canceled ministry activities like our groups, AWANA, Bible studies, and outreaches like the upcoming Easter Egg hunt. However, we will continue to evaluate these carefully and may need to cancel them pending the situation in our community over the next several weeks. The Thorn outreach production has already canceled it’s last few locations, including ours.

CR leadership will be in conversation with church leadership about our commitment to meet 52 weeks a year.
Again, please join us in praying for our community and all those affected by this new virus. We understand that God is ultimately in control and will work all things out for good to those who love Him. We trust in His promises and rest in His peace.
In Christ,
Adam- Senior Pastor First Free Church

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