Find comfort and support
Our Caring Ministries team is here to walk with you as you celebrate the momentous occasions, struggle through challenges or grieve losses. No matter what you and your family are facing, we are here for you.
Spiritual companionship in times of crisis
In our Stephen Ministry, trained lay people come alongside people who are experiencing a crisis in their lives. They lend a listening ear and offer Christ-centered encouragement, prayer and support. To request care from a Stephen Minister, or to explore the possibility of becoming a Stephen Minister yourself, contact the church office at 815-877-7046 or email us by clicking the button below.
Help during a season of loss
GriefShare is a friendly, loving and caring support group of people who will walk alongside you through the grieving process. We offer GriefShare in two 13-week sessions each year, beginning in February and September for two hours on Saturday mornings. Through video teaching and discussion groups, you will learn valuable principles about grief, to help you walk from mourning into joy.
Pastoral and ministry staff members visit patients in the Rockford area hospitals. To request a visit, you or a family member needs to contact our Caring Ministries office when you are hospitalized, or transferred to a rehabilitation facility or a nursing home. Call the main office at 815-877-7046 or click the link below to email us.
Men’s Visitation Team | Our team of three men faithfully visits shut-in men from First Free in their homes, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. They bring encouragement, Scripture, and prayer to men who are unable to participate with our church body.
Deaconesses | The Deaconesses visit women from First Free who are in the hospital. They also visit shut-in women in their homes, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. Deaconesses also coordinate meals in conjunction with funerals at First Free.
Caring Ministries is available to assist you in guiding and coordinating the various aspects of the Memorial Service for your loved one. We work in cooperation with several other First Free ministries, seeking to serve you in this time of sorrow and loss.