First Free Church
Light of the World (Week 1)
Adam Bowers
Locations & Times
  • First Free Church
    1375 Carman Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM

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December 30: ONE Service
On December 30, we will have ONE service only, at 10:45 am. The Nursery will be available for children 2 and under. Regular Kid Connection, Student Ministries, and Adult Communities will not meet. Please join us for a light breakfast in the Activity Center at 10 am!

Take Back Black Friday

Last week we took our Take Back Black Friday offering. If you missed out, no worries! You can give through December 31 at Be sure to select ‘Take Back Black Friday’ in the dropdown menu!
2018 Holiday Schedule
Sunday, December 23:
TWO services, at the regular times (9 & 10:45 am). Nursery only. Regular Adult Groups, Student Ministries, and Kid Connection classes do not meet.

Monday, December 24:
Church campus closed.
Christmas Eve service at 6:30 pm. No childcare. Please join us after the service in the Activity Center for hot chocolate and community!

Tuesday, December 25:
Church campus closed.

Sunday, December 30:
ONE service at 10:45 am. Please join us in the Activity Center at 10 am for a light breakfast before the service!

Monday, December 31:
Church campus closed.

Tuesday, January 1:
Church campus closed.
Ushers Needed!
Guest Connection is looking for ushers! We have openings in both services, so if you're interested, please contact

Christmas Eve Service
Join us on Monday, December 24, to celebrate Christmas Eve together with a joyful evening service at 6:30 pm. Please plan to stick around and celebrate after the service with your church family! Enjoy a time of fellowship in the Activity Center with hot chocolate and refreshments. Everyone is welcome - invite your friends and family! No childcare available.
Mission Gate Angel Tree
Angel Tree serves St. Louis families with a parent in a prison by providing gifts to children who may not have anything to open Christmas morning. Whole families are transformed by this simple act of love and grace! Look for the Angel Tree on the east side of the main lobby. All gifts should be wrapped, labeled, and returned by December 2. Questions? Contact

Comfort and Joy

Ladies, join us on December 6 for an evening of comfort & joy! We’ll kick off the Christmas season with music, desserts, and stories that tell of the comfort and joy found only in the Savior’s birth. This event is sold out, but you can get on the wait list by visiting
Holly Hearts
The Deacon Board seeks to be a help and a blessing to those in our church family who struggle to make ends meet, especially during the Christmas holidays. We are blessed to be heading up the Holly Hearts ministry again this year. We have reached out to a number of families who may be struggling this holiday season and have asked them for gift ideas for their children. These gift suggestions are hanging on the Holly Hearts tree in the lobby. Pick a heart from the tree (as many as you like!), fulfill a child’s gift request, and return the wrapped gift to the tree by December 16. If you have any questions, please contact: Carol Riebeling ( or Marilyn Simpson (

Ladies' Christmas Cookie Exchange

Join the ladies in your church family on December 12 for fellowship, cookies, and lots of Christmas cheer! Bring a friend and six dozen cookies to exchange.
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!

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 Thursday evening - email
Women's Worship and Prayer
Our monthly women's worship and prayer gathering meets on the 1st Saturday of each month. We meet in Room 341 from 8:30 - 10:00 am, and we provide the coffee! Join us for time spent with the Lord and your sisters in Christ.


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RightNow Media
Ready to grow in your faith? First Free has launched RightNow Media - it’s like the "Netflix of Video Bible Studies" and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos aimed at helping you grow. You can access the videos wherever you want (on your phone, computer, at home on your TV) and with whoever you want (alone, with your spouse, with your small group). Log in and look around!

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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

Women's Winter Bible Studies

Registration for our Women's Winter Bible studies is open! Visit to learn more and register.

First Free Podcasts

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