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Life Groups Spring Launch

Life Groups meet in homes to discuss Scripture, build friendships and share life and faith together. We believe this is the best environment to develop deeper relationships with God and others, and to grow spiritually in community. New groups launch the second week of April 2021.

Click below to register. We’ll connect you with a group that works for your schedule.

 

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Kids Club 6:30 p.m.

Kids: Age 3–grade 5
Rooms: Kids rooms on lower level, use west entrance for check-in

Kids Club is offered for children ages 3 through grade 5 on Wednesdays, Feb. 17–April 28 (no program March 24 for spring break). It is a chance for your kids to worship, grow and serve together at church with fun, friends, worship, games and Bible teaching.

The west entrance doors will opened at 6:20 p.m. each Wednesday for kids to check-in; pick-up needs to happen by 8:10 before the entrance is closed. Kids will need to wear a face covering and bring their own Bibles.

We will follow CDC guidelines for face coverings and social distancing. Face coverings will be required at all times while in the building. If your kid is feeling sick or even has mild symptoms like a runny nose, you will need to stay home for the safety of your family and others.

Students Youth Group 6:30 p.m.

Students: High school and middle school
Rooms: Student rooms on lower level, use east entrance

Our Wednesday night student gatherings are our primary way to worship, grow and serve together. Students will experience social time with other students their age, games and interactive activities, high-energy worship with a band, and a transforming message from God’s Word. (No youth group on March 24 due to spring break.)

We will follow CDC guidelines for face coverings and social distancing. Face coverings will be required at all times while in the building.

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Book Spotlight: Winter 2021

by Jim Killam | 5-minute read

 

Winter is a great time to discover books that can challenge us, help deepen our faith and spark our imaginations. Here are a few staff recommendations for books you can find in the Scroll Resource Center. Read More

Bible Studies – Winter Launch

First Free Rockford offers a variety of Bible studies for women and men. Bible studies tend to have a round-table discussion format, centered on a specific curriculum, but also offer group prayer and encouragement. If you’re looking for a welcoming environment where you can deepen your understanding of the Bible, our Bible studies are for you. Click here to view our upcoming options and sign up.

 

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Starting Point – Winter Launch

In Starting Point classes, you can explore questions about God and Christianity. Discussion leaders walk the group through topics like beginning faith in Christ, prayer and reading the Bible. It’s a low-pressure environment and we don’t mind hard questions! Click on the button below to register; in-person and virtual options available.

Winter 2021 Session

  • Week 1: Wednesday, Jan. 6
  • Week 2: Wednesday, Jan. 13
  • Week 3: Wednesday, Jan. 20
  • Week 4: Wednesday, Jan. 27

 

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Defeat the January gloom

by Jim Killam | 3-minute read

 

Here’s one way to fight the post-Christmas COVID doldrums: Get outside. So far, the January weather is not that bad. In fact, lingering snow and daytime highs just below freezing make for great sledding and skating weather. Social distancing is easy and this may be the only time when wearing a mask actually makes you more comfortable. Read More

Life Groups Fall Launch

Life Groups meet in homes to discuss Scripture, build friendships and share life and faith together. We believe this is the best environment to develop deeper relationships with God and others, and to grow spiritually in community. New groups launch the week of October 4.

Click below to register. We’ll connect you with a group that works for your schedule.

 

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Life Groups Summer Launch – Registration Closed

UPDATE: Registration is CLOSED due to full capacity

During this unusual season, First Free Rockford remains committed to helping our church family grow together in biblical community. In June, we will offer a special, virtual Life Group where we’ll take a deeper dive into each week’s sermon. This group is free and open to anyone. Especially if you are not part of another Life Group, we encourage you to give this one a try!

When: 7 p.m. for four consecutive Tuesdays: June 2, 9, 16 and 23.
Where: Zoom (virtual meeting app; link will be sent after registration)
Leaders: Dave and April Bodrie

Common ground

by Jim Killam | 5-minute read

 

Community and understanding thrive in this unusual Life Group

Newly married and living in a Rockford neighborhood, Brennan and Jade Hailey knew what they were looking for: Close-knit community. Accountability. A chance to learn and grow. A chance to extend the love of Jesus to others, and to work past our culture’s stereotypes about Christians.

But they were having trouble finding all that, especially with people their own age (late 20s). First Free’s Life Groups were fine and all, but what else might they try?

So they thought: We have friends who go to different churches. We have other friends who don’t consider themselves Christians. We know them all pretty well. What if we invited everyone to hang out at our house and talk about faith together?

So they started inviting people. This would mean foregoing a regular life group with church friends to do something that felt a little riskier. Brennan and Jade saw the decision not as sacrifice, but as opportunity cost.

To their surprise and delight, people said yes. Read More