In-person Meeting: if you don’t remember the church’s guidelines for the meeting see below People can enter the building starting at 6:50p. The Large Group meeting starts at 7:00p. It is a video testimony night. People need to leave the building after their small group (9:10p at the latest).
Zoom meeting: We’ll use the same link/meeting ID/password as we have been. We are going to have a Mini Large Group via Zoom starting at 7:15 or 7:20p (depends how early people enter the meeting).
We’ll play a couple of worship songs and show the same non copyrighted testimony as at the in-person meeting.
There are a couple of things people need to take into account in regards to the audio of the presentation. Basically, audio settings need to be adjusted through the Zoom app, not your device’s normal audio controls. We’ll give some short instructions at the beginning.
If you think that is too hard then you can watch the testimony on your own before you join at 8:00p for Small Group. This is the link to the testimony:
God willing, we are planning to resume in-person meetings this Friday 7/10/2020.
We will abide by all the guidelines set by First Free Church for group meetings in the church building. The following are the specific guidelines agreed on with church leadership for CR:
1) No congregating in the building before or after the meeting. People can and are encouraged to visit outside
2) No dinner or Solid Rock- people will need to bring their own coffee and water (water fountains are closed)
3) No more than 25% capacity in any of the rooms we use. This means no more than 47 people in the Chapel for Large Group. Originally there was going to be an RSVP procedure but given we haven’t gone over 47 in a while and we don’t use the church’s “Planning-Center app” (because of anonymity) we just need to document our attendance for the church. I’ll make a form that does not use last names.
4) We will use the same break out rooms. We just need to switch the Codependent women to room 360 and Newcomers to 314.
5) Chairs in the Chapel have been rearranged for social distancing. Family groups can sit together.
6) We are asking ALL CR participants to wear a mask.
7) We’ll use music videos without participant singing. Singing has been shown to be a major way of spreading the virus.
When Adam Bowers (lead pastor at First Free) addressed this issue he mentioned some may feel masks are unnecessary, burdensome, or even an infringement of their rights, but he indicated we need to understand some of our brothers and sisters feel otherwise.
Our leadership group met and decided that due to the core value of keeping our meetings SAFE for everyone, we will “require” masks. As always, when we speak of keeping our meetings safe we are not just speaking of physical safety but also emotional safety.
Please consider Romans 12:18 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone”.
If you have problems with this policy please don’t show up at the meeting with the intention of debating the issue with us, instead please phone Tim or Judy (636-779-2174) by at least Thursday 7/9/2020. If we don’t answer, leave a message and we will call you as soon as we can. We have a spam filter on our phone that sometimes filters out legitimate calls. The filter will allow you to leave a message.
There may be people uncomfortable with these procedures and may decide not to come for one reason or another. As a result we will continue to have Zoom Small Group Meetings for all who want them. We will use the same link/meeting-id. The only difference is that the Small Group Meetings will start at 8p (NOT at 7p)
These guidelines are for Phase II for resuming in-person meetings. We hope and pray we will quickly reach Phase IV, which means the virus is contained and there will be no restrictions of any kind.
We may not know what our Lord is doing through these difficult and divisive times but we do know He is a gracious God who works for the good of all who love Him. He is worthy of all praise for his steadfast love. And we are called to be steadfast in our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
I’m sorry to report that CR will have to wait until 7/10 to resume in-person meetings.
Because of the holiday weekend the church building is closed this Friday 7/3. Usually on nights the building is closed we are allowed to move our meeting to the Bigg House. But in this case because of capacity limits, resulting from social distancing requirements, we will not be able to use the Bigg House.
Thankfully we still have Zoom and therefore can still gather in our Small Open Share Groups to work our recoveries.
This is disappointing for us but we are sure God’s sovereign will is for our good.
Romans 8:28 NLT And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.
PS. We encourage everyone to call someone in their small group, not only to connect with someone this week, but also to make sure everyone is aware of this last minute change
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 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.
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.
We are not in the First Free Chapel tonight. We will be meeting in room 110 (It is best to enter the church via the west entrance)
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ
CR’s principle 8 calls us to
yield ourselves to God to be used by him to bring this good news to others,
both through our example and through our words.
This principle recycles our pain by allowing God’s fire and light to
shine on it, to melt down our old hurts, hang-ups and habits so we can be used
again in a positive way. Our lives can
be recycled to show others how we’ve worked the principles and steps, with
Jesus’ healing, and how we’ve come through the darkness of our pain into Christ’s
glorious freedom and light.
We hope you will join us on Friday, March 13th when another CR participant delivers the good news by giving back to others through the sharing of her story.
Our weekly schedule:
6pm – dinner
7pm – large group (in the Chapel)
8pm – small open share groups
(issue & gender specific)
Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you
may be healed.”
On Friday March 6th, CR we will have
a teaching on Step 5, where we admit to God , to ourselves, and to another
human being the exact nature of the wrongs we have done in our lives.
This is not done to wallow in guilt or self-pity but to confess our sins that
we might receive the forgiveness and healing that God promises in His word.
Weekly Friday Evening Schedule: 6:00pm – Dinner (optional) 7:00pm – Large group meeting 8:00pm – Small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific) 9:00pm – Solid Rock Cafe (dessert & coffee fellowship)
“For His unfailing love for those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west.”
On Friday evening, January 31, we will hear Lou’s story (video testimony).
Once a prestigious doctor, he struggled with addiction to Opioids and people pleasing. Hitting rock bottom and losing his medical license, after committing his life to Christ and no longer using drugs to cope with his underlying problems, he felt a call into ministry. God has used CR to bring his greatest ministry out of his greatest shame.
Weekly Friday Evening Schedule:
large group meeting
small open share group meetings (gender & issue specific)
9:00pm – Solid Rock Café (dessert & coffee fellowship)