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Million Reasons2Serv

Million Reasons2Serv

**UPDATE: All spots have been filled for the packing events.**

What: A partnership among local churches and Kids Around The World, to help prevent a global food catastrophe.

Why: Millions of people around the world face famine this fall and winter — the result of COVID-19, droughts and even locust swarms.

When: Saturday, Sept. 12 (time options below)

Overall goal: Fund and pack 1 million meals

First Free’s goal: Raise $11,000 and pack 50,000 meals

Registration: FULL Aug. 9–Sept. 6 (details below)


Fundraising offering:

Give anytime during the month of August
Choose “Million Reasons2Serv” under Giving Type



Two ways to pack meals:

(1) Gather2Serv – Saturday, Sept. 12

In Fellowship Hall at First Free Rockford
Up to 80 people per time slot
Masks and social distancing required

Choose a time slot:

1–2 p.m. FULL


2:30–3:30 p.m. FULL


(2) Serv@Home – Saturday, Sept. 12 FULL

In your driveway! Invite neighbors and observe social distancing.
Drive-thru pickup of supplies at church between 1 and 2 p.m.
Up to 20 families can register to host.



More info:

Donations Drive for Rescue Mission

First Free Rockford will be collecting needed items for Rockford Rescue Mission from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4, in our church parking lot (2223 N. Mulford Road). The mission’s urgent needs are:

  • For men: underwear sizes S-3XL.
  • For women: underwear all sizes, gym shoes sizes 6-10, sanitary pads.
  • Other items: Dixie cups, oatmeal, butter, travel-size shampoo.

Drive to the main entrance and our team will safely collect your items. Please don’t drop stuff off before or after those times, as no one will be there to collect it.

Thanks, and please pass the word!

Canceled: Big Day of Serving 2020

The Big Day of Serving has been canceled because of COVID-19. We look forward to rescheduling this as soon as we can.

New donations warehouse serves COVID-19 needs

by Jim Killam | 3-minute read


Chuck Meyers, Win-Bur-Sew Fire Protection District

First Free Rockford is partnering with the Salvation Army and Rockford Sharefest through the Winnebago County Emergency Operations Center to get needed supplies to agencies serving the homeless, needy, and those affected by COVID-19 throughout Winnebago County.

A warehouse inside the former Circuit City store has been set up by the Winnebago County Emergency Operations Center. It’s staffed by Salvation Army members and Rockford Sharefest volunteers. First Free has already made a $4,000 donation to help with warehouse set-up. We’re also offering the use of our church vans to pick up pre-scheduled donated supplies that are delivered to the warehouse. Read More

CANCELLED – Habitat Planning Breakfast

This event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Habitat for Humanity (Rockford) and First Free Rockford are partnering together to build a six-bedroom home for a low-income family. Volunteers can meet the families of the house-build and learn about the projects by attending the complimentary planning breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 4 in Fellowship Hall inside the church. Registration required. Download the registration form by clicking on the button below.




Commissioning Sunday 2019

Our church leadership will be commissioning all of our summer missions teams during our Classic and Contemporary services. Stay tuned for a list of each trip.

Big Day of Serving promotes importance of giving back

Registration is now live for First Free Rockford’s Big Day of Serving, a special time dedicated to volunteering and community connection.

First Free has partnered this year with the Rockford Park District, the Rockford Rescue Mission and Rockford Public Schools to help with cleanup and maintenance work at several locations. Volunteers will gather from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18, at Sinnissippi Park, the Rescue Mission and the STEAM Academy at Haskell for the work.

This annual event is open to the public and typically draws more than 150 people to help. It’s a great opportunity to invite family, friends and neighbors to participate, and it also emphasizes the importance of serving, which is central to First Free’s mission and vision.

“We see the value in partnering with our community to go, tell and show the love of God in the city of Rockford and around the world,” said Meredith Domanico, First Free’s director of student ministries and organizer of Big Day of Serving.

“It’s important to give back, and Big Day of Serving creates an opportunity to do that, to defeat the apathy of just being here and letting things happen around us. This is a chance to be part of something, to take ownership of the place where we live and do our part to help make it beautiful.”

Site leaders will oversee the work at each location. Domanico said there are jobs for anyone who’s interested in signing up no matter your skillset or physical abilities.

Click here to register for Big Day of Serving times, locations and T-shirt sizes. Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and casual/work clothes, and bring work gloves. All other equipment will be provided at the individual sites.

Call First Free Rockford at 815-877-7046 for more information.

Angel Tree Program: Giving the Gift of God’s Love

First Free Rockford is proudly participating in the Angel Tree program again this year, delivering gifts and the message of God’s love to children in the Rockford area whose parents are in prison during the holiday season.

Our church has participated in this program for more than 25 years in partnership with Prison Fellowship, a nonprofit Christian organization whose mission is to restore those affected by crime and incarceration. There are more than 2.7 million U.S. children who have a mom or dad in prison, according to the organization, and churches and community organizations throughout the country have already committed to serving more than 275,000 kids this year.

Angel Tree Coordinator Susan Schumacher, a Belvidere resident who’s been attending First Free for nearly 30 years, found a personal connection in this project. She had a loved one in prison and saw the devastating effects an experience like that can have on families.

“We do this out of compassion for the children,” she said. “The program gives us an opportunity to share God’s love by helping to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners.”

You can help by picking a tag off the Angel Tree in our lobby. This year, we have 17 families with 45 children we’re helping. Each child will receive two gifts – an article of clothing and a toy or other fun gift, as well as an age-appropriate booklet about the gospel provided by Prison Fellowship. The families give us suggestions to help personalize the gifts even more.

Grab a tag, shop for gifts, wrap them and turn them in by Dec. 11. We’ll package the gifts on Dec. 12 and deliver them to families on Dec. 15. Let us know if you’d like to volunteer in any way. It’s a beautiful tradition we are excited to participate in again this year!