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Parenting during COVID-19

We spoke via Zoom recently with seven parents from our church family. Topic: How are you and your kids coping with the stay-at-home order?

*Opinions expressed are the individuals’ own, and do not necessarily represent First Free Rockford or the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA).

 

 

Raise Up Parenting Conference 2019_

Raise Up Parenting Conference 2020

Parenting is a challenging, delightful, heart-wrenching journey that can feel overwhelming and even lonely. To come alongside you, First Free Rockford is hosting a parenting conference, Raise Up, featuring writers and speakers Sissy Goff and David Thomas from the Raising Boys and Girls ministry.

FROM OUR BLOG
» Interview with David Thomas, conference speaker
» Story on the Johnson family, past attendees

WHEN: Feb. 21-22, 2020
Friday, 6:30–9:15 p.m. (check-in 6–6:30 p.m.)
Saturday, 9–11:15 a.m.

WHERE: First Free Rockford – 2223 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL
(southeast corner of Mulford and Spring Creek roads)

CHILDCARE: All ages through grade 5 (check-in 6 p.m. Fri.; 8:30 a.m. Sat.)

REGISTRATION: $30 couple; $15 individual
Registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 18.

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED

 

Questions? Contact Adult Ministries by calling 815-877-7046 or emailing adultministries [AT] firstfreerockford [DOT] org.

Learn more about the speakers at raisingboysandgirls.com.

Christmas Traditions 2019

Christmas Traditions: Pray, serve, give

A conversation with Pastor Luke Uran

First Free’s annual Christmas Traditions event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. We’ll have a petting zoo, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, an indoor snowball fight, a stage show, carolers, a kids’ story time and more. Each activity is designed to help families create new traditions and memories while weaving the Christmas story into it all.

We spoke with Lead Pastor Luke Uran about the event, its purpose and the opportunities it presents.

 

Headshot of Lead Pastor Luke UranDo you remember how Christmas Traditions evolved into what it is now?

About three years before we started doing the event, a bunch of us were talking about what would it look like to do an outreach event well. We came up with this idea of a Christmas-themed event with different activities that could be taking place, kind of an all-hands-on-deck thing. I remember us saying, “Let’s make an event that is easy for families. So they can take part in Christmas traditions that their family already does, but let’s just make it easy for them.”

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Summerama Family Experience (food, carnival games, face painting, prizes)

Summerama Family Experience

First Free Rockford is hosting Summerama Family Experience, a free event for all families on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature free food like hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones; inflatables; carnival games; giveaways and prizes. All families are welcome!

“We encourage everyone to invite their friends to experience all the Summerama fun at First Free Rockford,” said Luke Uran, Lead Teaching Pastor at First Free Rockford. “Kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy this fun event right here on the First Free Rockford campus.”

In addition to Summerama Family Experience, First Free Rockford hosts a number of community events throughout the year, including its Christmas Traditions, Patriotic Celebration, and reSTART Rockford concert and more. To learn more about First Free Rockford, visit: www.firstfreerockford.org.

Notice: The main office is closed and all public gatherings are suspended until further notice.More Details