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First Free Church

Belief of Hope

Belief of Hope

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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Database and Directory

We’re building a digital directory that will launch in early 2020 and we need your help to make sure our information is up to date! If you’d like to be in the Directory, please opt-in at If you prefer to not be in the directory, please still update your profile - it helps us to communicate more effectively with you!

Paradigm Christmas Party

College-aged individuals, join us on December 19 from 6-9 pm in Room 110 for food, fun, and fellowship! RSVP to

Christmas Eve Services

We will be having 3 Christmas Eve services at 2, 4, and 6:30 pm. The 2 pm service will be in the Chapel, and the 4 and 6:30 pm services will be in the auditorium. See you there!

Christmas Eve Cookies and Cocoa

Join us on Christmas Eve after our last service for a sweet treat and time in fellowship with your church family! We'll have cookies and cocoa in the Activity Center and north foyer from 7:30-8:30 pm to warm you up before you head back out into the cold. We need a lot of cookies to help feed the crowd - if you can help, please sign up below!

Take Back Black Friday

Each year, we encourage our church family to spend less so that we can give more. Our yearly Take Back Black Friday offering has been used to support people in need of mercy and grace wherever we find them - whether in Lebanon, Burkina Faso, or in our own neighborhood. This year, funds raised will be split between two projects: Bridge of Hope Ministries in north St. Louis city, and Jireh Ministries in India. We'll be accepting donations through December 31. Follow the link below to give!

ONE service - December 29

We're having ONE service on December 29, at 10:45 am. Kid Connection will be open but Student Ministries and Adult Groups will not meet. Please join us for breakfast in the Activity Center at 10 am!

Women's Bible Studies

Make getting closer to God your New Year's Resolution! We have some great studies this winter - check them out and register at

IF:Gathering Local

First Free is excited to be hosting a presentation of the 2020 IF Gathering! Join us on February 28th and 29th to tune out all of the noise and chaos of the world around us and focus completely on Jesus. This is a great opportunity for women in our congregation and community to come together in community to worship and learn together. You can learn more and register at

Photography Team

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

AWANA volunteers needed!

Our AWANA ministry is booming! We have 14 kids on the waitlist and need more adult volunteers. If you have free time on Wednesday evenings and a heart for children, please contact for information on serving!

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!

We're Hiring!

We've got a couple of open positions - come and join our team!

Holy Land Tour 2020

Our 2019 trip to Israel was amazing! We visited the Sea of Galilee, explored the ruins of Herod’s mountain palace in Masada, walked on the Mount of Olives, floated in the Dead Sea, and walked in the old city of Jerusalem where Jesus gave His life for us. Due to the incredibly high response from this trip and the number of people who wanted to go but could not this year, we’re considering another trip in the spring of 2020.If you are interested in joining us, please let us know at

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!

Ushers Needed!

Guest Connection is looking for ushers! We have openings in both services, so if you're interested, please contact

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


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