Serve together

Take part in our annual Big Day of Serving on Saturday, May 22. Help beautify Rockford and impact our city with the love of Jesus. You can serve alongside family, friends, your life group, coworkers, whomever you like.

Student Ministries

Come alive to God.

First Free Students is a community of teens and adult leaders who worship, grow and serve together. We create spaces for students to find their true identity in Jesus and to pursue authentic friendships.

Wednesdays Life Groups Retreats
Around Town Tuesdays Movie Mondays Missions TripsRooted Young Adults

Wednesdays

Worship and Message | Year-Round

These gatherings are our primary venues for students to worship, grow and serve together. Social time, games, high-energy worship led by a band, and a transforming message from God’s Word.

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6:30–8 p.m. Wednesdays

Element High School
Heartbeat Middle School
Year-round

Main Campus – Lower Level

2223 N. Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61107
East Wing – Student Rooms

Drew at the coffee bar

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Life Groups

Student Communities | School-Year

Life Groups are small gatherings where students can pursue authentic friendships, be transformed by God’s Word and ask hard questions about life and faith. High school and middle school groups meet in host homes across the Rockford and Belvidere areas.

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6:30–8 p.m. Sundays

Element High School
Heartbeat Middle School

Various locations

Host homes across Rockford and Belvidere areas

April and friends on a Wednesday night

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Winter Retreats

Community and Transformation | Winter

Each winter, we host retreats for both high school and middle school students. These are great opportunities to spend extended time with each other to learn, grow and create lasting memories. Unique outdoor activities, special speakers and worship experiences all focus on inspiring students to follow Jesus ever-more closely.

High School Snow Camp

Snow Camp 2022 – High School

Location: TBA
Speaker: TBA

Snow'd In Retreat

Snow’d In 2022 – Middle School

Location: First Free Rockford
Speaker: TBA

Student Ministries Missions Trips

Summer Camp

High School and Middle School | June 14–18

New event! Students will engage in worship, hear inspiring messages, and deepen their relationship with God and others.

Dates: June 14–18, 2021
Location: Expeditions Unlimited in Baraboo, WI.
Cost: $315 per camper. Price includes transportation, activities, food and lodging; scholarships available.

Student Ministries Missions Trips

Mission Trips

High School and Middle School | Local

Our summer mission trips challenge students to put their faith into action in new ways, to humbly serve others and deepen their relationship with God.

2021 dates: July 26–28
Locations: Rockford Rescue Mission, Haskell Elementary, Rockford Park District, and First Free Rockford
Registration: Coming soon.

Around Town Tuesdays

Around Town Tuesdays

High School | Year-Round

Throughout the year, our Students Director goes to coffee shops and cafés in Rockford to meet with high school students. It’s an open-house extension of our pursuit of authentic community. Check our social platforms for schedules and details.

@elementhsm
Field Day Mondays with Student Ministries

Movie Mondays

High School | Summer

High school students are invited to join us for yard games and a movie on Mondays at the Student Ministries Director’s home. This is a great opportunity to bring friends unfamiliar with church to experience what our community is all about. Check our social platforms for schedules and details.

@elementhsm
Rooted Young Adults Ministry

Rooted Young Adults

Ages 18–25 | Year-Round

Rooted is our community for young adults and college students. We gather weekly on Tuesdays to help each other grow in our relationships with God, each other and the church family. Find your identity centered in Christ, pursue God-given dreams and goals, have fun together and ultimately enjoy a deep support system during all the transitions of young adulthood. High school seniors are welcome too!

Student Ministries

First Free Students is a community of young people and adult leaders who worship, grow and serve together. We exist to help students come alive to God by creating a safe space to experience radical love, embody true identity in Jesus, and pursue authentic friendships. Our culture thrives on being ridiculously fun, pursuing God’s mission, experiencing God’s Word, and investing in one another.

Contact Us

@elementhsm
@heartbeatmsm
Meredith Domanico

STUDENT MINISTRIES

Meredith Domanico

Student Ministries Director

Clayton Ganziano

STUDENT MINISTRIES

Clayton Ganziano

Middle School Coordinator

Kendra Johnson

STUDENT MINISTRIES

Kendra Johnson

Administrative Assistant