Dig Deeper

The Bible offers infinite wisdom and encouragement for life’s challenges. Among friends in a Life Group, you can explore the indescribable depth of God’s Word.

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 Summer Movie Mondays Missions TripsRooted Young Adults


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.


6:30–8 p.m. Wednesdays

Element High School
Heartbeat Middle School

Main Campus – Lower Level

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

Drew at the coffee bar

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.


6:30–8:30 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


Community and Transformation

Each year, 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.

Winter Retreat 2022 – Middle School

Feb. 4–6, 2022
Phantom Ranch – Mukwonago, WI
$150 (Scholarships available)

Winter Retreat 2023 – High School

Dates, Location, Registration: TBA

Student Ministries Missions Trips

Summer Camp

High School and Middle School 

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

Dates: June 13–18, 2022
Location: Expeditions Unlimited
Registration & Cost: TBA. Price will include transportation, activities, food and lodging; scholarships available.

Student Mission Trips

Mission Trips

High School and Middle School

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.

2022 trip dates:
High School: July 23-30
Middle School: July 24-29
High School: Dominican Republic with Kids Around the World
Middle School: Duluth, MN with YouthWorks

Around Town Tuesdays

Around Town Tuesdays

High School | School Year

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.

Outdoor Events with Student Ministries

Outdoor Movie & Games

High School | Summer

High school students are invited to join us for yard games and a movie on Mondays (7–10 p.m.) 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.

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

Meredith Domanico


Meredith Domanico

Student Ministries Director

Clayton Ganziano


Clayton Ganziano

Middle School Coordinator

Kendra Johnson


Kendra Johnson

Administrative Assistant