Meet the Currys

Meet the Currys

Eric Curry starts soon as First Free’s Director of Contemporary Worship. We spoke with him and his wife, Tarah, about their upcoming move from Greenwood, Indiana, and what they look forward to here in Rockford. Both are natives of Greenwood, Indiana, a south suburb of...
Q&R: Andrew Sweitzer

Q&R: Andrew Sweitzer

Andrew Sweitzer serves as First Free Rockford’s production director. After accepting the job, he moved in June to Rockford from Charlotte, N.C. We spoke with Andrew about his life and faith, his new job … and about turning mild-mannered machines into hot rods. Tell me...
‘We can be very real’

‘We can be very real’

The Sunday that Kaylin Carlson led the worship song Rattle at Rockford Rescue Mission, she knew she was in the right place. Kaylin is part of a team of volunteers that lead worship at the Rescue Mission, one of two offsite venues for First Free’s Sunday worship...
Why we sing … what we sing

Why we sing … what we sing

This is an annual conference you’ve both attended before, but what were the themes this year? NF: The main thread was how critical it is for the church to be singing, and singing together. There’s that major aspect of congregational worship that we are called to...
uNITE brings churches together for worship

uNITE brings churches together for worship

What began last summer as a citywide youth event is now inviting a broader audience. The uNITE worship gathering, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. this Friday at Summerwood, is open to all ages. Talented musicians and song leaders from large and small churches around Rockford will...