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Christmas Eve 12/24 – 5p

**Registration opens Monday, Nov. 30.**

Music: Blended Worship led by Renee Cooper and Nathan Fry
Series: It’s a Wonderful Life
When:
5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. Other options: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23 and 3 p.m. Dec. 24.
Where: Sanctuary
Who: All ages encouraged, but no youth programming at this time.
How do I register? Click on the registration button below. Registration opens Monday, Nov. 30.
Streaming: We will livestream all three Christmas Eve services on our website, Facebook and YouTube. You can also access them on-demand after the livestream through our website or app.

Guidelines (Phase 1):

  • Registration for Christmas Eve services will close at 11:59 p.m. the day before service. If you are unable to register online, call the church office at 815-877-7046 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Friday for assistance. No office assistance available on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • All ages are encouraged to attend, but there will be no other activities or ministries provided during the worship service until Phase 3.
  • We will follow CDC guidelines for face coverings and social distancing. Face coverings will be required at all times while in the building.
  • A household can sit together with three empty seats between them and the next household. There will be two empty rows between each occupied row. Seat yourself by starting with the first open spot near the front moving back.
  • The balcony will be opened if needed. The overflow rooms on the main floor will not be used, because of ventilation issues.
  • Offerings will be received online, by texting, mail, or dropped into a provided container on the way out of the worship service.
  • Attendees should dismiss starting with the rear seats and moving forward. Please do not congregate in the lobby or halls.
  • Restroom will be open with only two people allowed at a time.

 

REGISTRATION OPENS 11/30

Christmas Eve 12/24 – 3p

**Registration opens Monday, Nov. 30.**

Music: Blended Worship led by Renee Cooper and Nathan Fry
Series: It’s a Wonderful Life
When:
3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. Other options: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23 and 5 p.m. Dec. 24.
Where: Sanctuary
Who: All ages encouraged, but no youth programming at this time.
How do I register? Click on the registration button below. Registration opens Monday, Nov. 30.
Streaming: We will livestream all three Christmas Eve services on our website, Facebook and YouTube. You can also access them on-demand after the livestream through our website or app.

Guidelines (Phase 1):

  • Registration for Christmas Eve services will close at 11:59 p.m. the day before service. If you are unable to register online, call the church office at 815-877-7046 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Friday for assistance. No office assistance available on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • All ages are encouraged to attend, but there will be no other activities or ministries provided during the worship service until Phase 3.
  • We will follow CDC guidelines for face coverings and social distancing. Face coverings will be required at all times while in the building.
  • A household can sit together with three empty seats between them and the next household. There will be two empty rows between each occupied row. Seat yourself by starting with the first open spot near the front moving back.
  • The balcony will be opened if needed. The overflow rooms on the main floor will not be used, because of ventilation issues.
  • Offerings will be received online, by texting, mail, or dropped into a provided container on the way out of the worship service.
  • Attendees should dismiss starting with the rear seats and moving forward. Please do not congregate in the lobby or halls.
  • Restroom will be open with only two people allowed at a time.

 

REGISTRATION OPENS 11/30

Christmas Eve 12/23 – 6:30p

**Registration opens Monday, Nov. 30.**

Music: Blended Worship led by Renee Cooper and Nathan Fry
Series: It’s a Wonderful Life
When:
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. Other options: 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and 5 p.m. Dec. 24.
Where: Sanctuary
Who: All ages encouraged, but no youth programming at this time.
How do I register? Click on the registration button below. Registration opens Monday, Nov. 30.
Streaming: We will livestream all three Christmas Eve services on our website, Facebook and YouTube. You can also access them on-demand after the livestream through our website or app.

Guidelines (Phase 1):

  • Registration for Christmas Eve services will close at 11:59 p.m. the day before service. If you are unable to register online, call the church office at 815-877-7046 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Friday for assistance. No office assistance available on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • All ages are encouraged to attend, but there will be no other activities or ministries provided during the worship service until Phase 3.
  • We will follow CDC guidelines for face coverings and social distancing. Face coverings will be required at all times while in the building.
  • A household can sit together with three empty seats between them and the next household. There will be two empty rows between each occupied row. Seat yourself by starting with the first open spot near the front moving back.
  • The balcony will be opened if needed. The overflow rooms on the main floor will not be used, because of ventilation issues.
  • Offerings will be received online, by texting, mail, or dropped into a provided container on the way out of the worship service.
  • Attendees should dismiss starting with the rear seats and moving forward. Please do not congregate in the lobby or halls.
  • Restroom will be open with only two people allowed at a time.

 

REGISTRATION OPENS 11/30
Christmas Eve Service 2019

Christmas Eve Service 2019

Join us for one of our Christmas weekend services at our main campus. Enjoy music with a full choir and orchestra, a time of singing carols, and an inspiring Christmas message from Pastor Josh Pardee.

Childcare available for kids age 5 and under.

Glimpses of glory

Earthly surprises can point us heavenward

By Jim Killam

On January 30, 1969, the Beatles went to the roof of their Apple Corps studio building in London and began to play. In the film shot that day (hard to find online now because of copyrights), people smile and point five stories above when they realize what’s going on. Some climb fire escapes for a better vantage point. This was, after all, the band’s first concert since 1966.

Others walk resolutely, never looking up or acknowledging what’s going on. Some are ticked off because their predictable day has been interrupted. Almost 51 years later, the whole world remembers that concert, how the London police busted it up when the band might have played much longer … and how it turned out to be the Beatles’ last public performance.

Like everything in popular culture, surprise concerts have been so overdone that they usually feel cliché. Subway platforms are particularly popular venues (U2, John Legend, Elton John, Miley Cyrus), along with fans’ wedding (Ed Sheeran) and even a middle school class (Beyonce).

Former Beatle Paul McCartney did one last year with James Corden on The Late Late Show — a program that almost no one really watches but which has an enormous YouTube following. Toward the end of a “Carpool Karaoke” segment, they sneak into a Liverpool pub. When someone puts a coin in the jukebox, the stage curtain opens and Paul starts playing Beatles songs. It’s pretty great.

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Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Services at First Free Rockford

Join us for one of our 3 identical Christmas Eve services at First Free Rockford as we celebrate the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.

Service Times:

  • Sunday December 23rd 8:30am
  • Sunday December 23rd 10:30am (Kids programming available)
  • Monday December 24th 6:00pm (Childcare up to age 5 available)
Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Services at First Free Rockford

Join us for one of our 3 identical Christmas Eve services at First Free Rockford as we celebrate the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.

Service Times:

  • Sunday December 23rd 8:30am
  • Sunday December 23rd 10:30am (Kids programming available)
  • Monday December 24th 6:00pm (Childcare up to age 5 available)
Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Services at First Free Rockford

Join us for one of our 3 identical Christmas Eve services at First Free Rockford as we celebrate the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.

Service Times:

  • Sunday December 23rd 8:30am
  • Sunday December 23rd 10:30am (Kids programming available)
  • Monday December 24th 6:00pm (Childcare up to age 5 available)
Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Services

One Service Christmas Eve Morning

Christmas is coming!  And, on Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24th – we are so excited that we get to worship together as a Church Family!  Please join us at 8:30 a.m. as we all worship together and are led by a combined Contemporary and Classic Worship Team.  We will be celebrating the 4th Sunday of Advent and lighting the Angels’ Candle as we continue in our series “Do Not Be Afraid.”

Last Year’s Christmas Service

Candles and Carols Christmas Eve

Then, we will gather again at 4:00 p.m. for our “Candles and Carols Service” as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!  We will light the Christ Candle and sing some of our favorite Christmas Carols. 

Bring your family and worship with us on Christmas Eve!

Learn more about our Main Campus Services