COVID-19 church updates
July 16, 2020
Starting July 19, we are offering an outdoor Sunday service at Summerwood Amphitheater called Summerwood Sundays. The single worship service will last about an hour and will replace the Wednesday evening gatherings. All streaming options remain available as well.
In order to attend, you need to pre-register through our web calendar. Registration opens at 9 a.m. Mondays and closes at midnight Saturday for the following Sunday morning. Capacity is 350 people, with social distancing required.
When: 10 a.m. Sundays starting July 19
Where: Summerwood (lawn and seats) on our church grounds
Who: All ages, limited to 350 pre-registered people
How do I register? Go to our web calendar.
Streaming: Along with the live Summerwood gathering, we will continue to stream both the Classic (8:30 a.m.) and Contemporary Worship (10:30 a.m.) services online every Sunday as usual.
Facilities and programs
- Main campus/office – 2223 N. Mulford Road
- Fairhaven Venue – 3470 N. Alpine Road
- Mission Venue – 715 W. State St.
- All daytime and evening worship services, classes, programs and events (except for Summerwood Sundays starting July 19)
- Summerama day camp
- Patriotic Celebration
Our senior leadership team is monitoring the situation closely and will follow the lead of local, state and national health officials in determining next steps.
Sunday Services and Life Groups
During this time, we encourage our church family to:
Worship. We will continue to stream our Classic and Contemporary services, available each Sunday morning. You can stream online at firstfreerockford.org, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. Services are also available through the First Free Rockford apps for Google, Android and Apple devices. Starting July 19 we are offering an outdoor Sunday service at Summerwood Amphitheater. Registration is required to attend. See details at the top of this page.
Grow. Life Groups are encouraged to meet in-person within the current social distancing guidelines. Life Groups can also stay connected digitally through services such as Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts. Many Life Groups use the teaching resources found on RightNow Media, which also has resources for individuals and families to aid in spiritual growth.
Serve. Many in our community and congregation continue to be frightened, angry or confused. We as Christ’s church can be agents of calmness, peace and reason. Please check on your neighbors and church family, especially the elderly. If someone is in need, share what you have. Always practice safety under local and state guidelines for social distancing.
Pray. Ask God to bring about an end to the spreading of this disease, and to protect our community and our world. You can also use our Coronavirus Prayer Guide.
Give. Many in our congregation already give their gifts and offerings through electronic means. If you would like to give online, you can do so here. We are also able to receive checks in the mail at 2223 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61107
Stay watchful. We will post all new information at firstfreerockford.org, and also email, Facebook and Instagram. If you are not already receiving our weekly church emails, scroll to the bottom of this page and click “Subscribe.” You can also call the church at 815-877-7046.
During this global health emergency, First Free Rockford has financial assistance available for those in need from our church family. Click the button below for details.