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First Free Church

Rooted in Christ: The Christian Home - Children & Parents

Rooted in Christ: The Christian Home - Children & Parents

John Richardson

Locations & Times

First Free Church

1375 Carman Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021, USA

Sunday 9:00 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Watch live!

Watch our live stream every Sunday morning at 9 and 11 am!

Give now!

Giving online is easy and secure.

Auditorium Open!

If you like to join us in the auditorium, please make a reservation at! This helps us ensure that we're within our capacity limits, and also helps with COVID tracing, should we hear of someone who has been exposed.

Kid Connection is Open!

Kid Connection is open during the 11 am service! We are operating on a smaller scale than normal at first, with three rooms open (Nursery, Preschool, and Elementary). We ask that you reserve a spot for each child that will be in attendance - to make a reservation, visit To view a more detailed reopening plan for Kid Connection, visit If you have any questions, please email
Kid Connection is not open on Christmas Eve.

Take Back Black Friday

Our 2020 Take Back Black Friday campaign is open! To learn more about our projects and to give, visit Be sure to choose 'Take Back Black Friday' from the dropdown menu! We are accepting gifts through December 31st.

New Group Leader Training

Our groups ministry is looking for new leaders. Leading a group is a great way to build relationships and multiply disciples. The first step is filling out a simple form and attending online training on January 9 & 16. You can learn more about the process and get started at

Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University is a short 9-week program that can make a years-long impact on your financial health.This group will meet online, we will use a video conferencing tool (like Zoom) for our live interaction. In that case, each class member would be asked to watch the weekly video lesson online in advance, do the (limited) homework, and be prepared to join the video call. Because of the advance work, our weekly video call will only be one hour.Class meets on Mondays, January 11 – March 8, 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Cost: $50/family Register at the link below!.

Women's Winter Bible Studies

Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a warm cup of your favorite drink, and so much the better if that book is the Bible! Winter women’s Bible studies will begin in January and you'll be able to choose from both online and in-person options. You can learn more at

EFCA Crisis Response Training Interest Meeting

When a crisis hits, many of us want to leap into action and help – but how? The EFCA is offering crisis response training that will equip you to be able to respond to crisis situations and offer spiritual and emotional support to those in need. If you’re interested in learning more, please join us at an online interest meeting on January 14 from 7-8 pm. The training itself will take place in February. Topics covered during the training in February will include relational, emotional, and intellectual trauma care, team building, safety tips, and more.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to serve those in need in the most effective way possible. We look forward to seeing you at the interest meeting! Sign up at the link below.

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course

Perspectives is an inspiring course that can teach you how to reach out to people of different backgrounds. Whether you’re planning an international mission trip or just looking to be a better neighbor to people of cultures or ethnicities that differ from your own, this course will help you navigate conversations and point others to Christ. Perspectives allows you to hear from 15 different instructors over the course of 15 weeks. Perspectives is for believers from all walks of life. Hear how God has been and continues to work throughout the world. Learn more about God’s kingdom and His glory. Find out what your part is in this exciting movement. No matter who you are or what you do, Perspectives will help you learn how to live for God’s Kingdom. Class runs from January 19 – May 4. Learn more and register at the link below.

Bridge of Hope Tutoring

Right now, the two elementary schools nearest Bridge of Hope in north St. Louis city have only a 4-6% reading proficiency rate, but you can help improve that number. If you’ve been looking for a tangible way to impact the lives of others during the pandemic, we’ve got a great one for you! Bridge of Hope has created an online tutoring program to help these children learn to read. It only takes 40 minutes, twice a week, and the impact can last a lifetime.

Bridge of Hope provides the curriculum and training you need to be successful.

To learn more about how you can get involved and help change a life, email

Connections Ministry

Every Sunday could be someone’s first Sunday so our Connections team - our parking lot team, greeters, Welcome Center hosts, and ushers - strives to provide a welcoming environment from the moment someone pulls into our parking lot. if you have a love for others and a heart for hospitality, we'd love to have you join the team! Get in touch using the link below.

Church Center App and Directory

Church Center is a hub for First Free - you can manage giving, find a group, reserve your spot for a Sunday service, and more. The app also has a directory! Download the app, go to your profile and ‘My Directory Settings’ and choose the information you’d like included in the Directory. If you need help, email

Library Open!

The library is back open for business before and after the 11 am in-person service on Sundays (hooray for books!).

Please be sure to return the books you already have out, even if the library is technically closed when you are there. There's a slot in the security gate where books can be placed. When in the library, please keep your masks on and s

Capital Offering

We're so excited for the what God has in store for First Free! To give to our capital offering, click the link below and select 'Capital Offering' from the dropdown!

RightNow Media

We wanted to remind you that RightNow Media has thousands of videos for your kids and loads of Bible studies for you to help you stay grounded in your faith during all of this stay at home time. We’re giving you free access to the RightNow Media library, so head over to to learn more and get signed up.

Need Help?

We know that the coronavirus outbreak is impacting us all a little differently. If you need help, let us know by heading to and clicking on ‘I need help’. And if you can offer help, click on ‘I can help’. If you need prayer, visit We want you to know that we’re here for you even if we can’t be physically here for you, and we’ll get through this together!

Photography Team

We’re looking for volunteers to join our Photography Team! To get involved, fill out the form at

Groups at First Free

Groups at First Free are a place to belong. Groups provide an environment for discipleship and study. They give opportunities for hospitality. They help us to grow and learn about God, the Bible, ourselves, and each other. Groups do not supplant the church, but they provide a setting where believers can more fully realize what it means to be the church. To learn more and find your fit, click the link below!

Care Team Counseling

Life often includes challenges that are too big to face alone. Our lay Care Team Counselors are trained to walk alongside and assist people who are in need of hope, care, and direction. Counselors are available by appointment every Wednesday evening - email

Carman Trails Partnership Backpack Program

We are partnering with Carman Trails school to help support some of their students who face food insecurity. To help, please bring non-perishable, shelf-stable items (not canned, because of weight) to the hampers at the entrances to the building. Suggested items include fruit cups, prepared pasta meals, chicken/tuna packets, etc. Thank you for your generosity!

SOS - Servants On Site

God uniquely gifts every person for service, and SOS is a way to serve by using your maintenance skills on minor jobs such as painting, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc. To get involved, contact Tom Siener at 636.779.2160 or


Our sermons and Preparing for Worship emails are now available as podcasts!


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