First Evangelical Free Church 1962 to Present
Groundbreaking on the new building began in 1962, and as the walls began to rise on the new sanctuary, and the basement classrooms and fellowship hall took shape, First Evangelical Free Church met in Meadowlark Community Hall. The new building was entered with joy; but nevertheless, the new space was again constraining to the quickly growing church and a gymnasium and Educational wing were added in 1965.
Many people have called First Free their church home over the last fifty years. Missionaries have been commissioned near and far to bring the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who have yet to hear it. God has blessed the members and adherents of First Free allowing us the honour of praying, encouraging and contributing financially to the work of Bible translation; the preaching of the gospel; teaching of the Word and equipping Christians all over the world. After the Lord graciously provided 50 years in our own building, we celebrated our jubilee milestone in 2012 by raising money over the course of the year to provide a church in Asia with a building.
At home we have had the honour of seeing God work through the faithful service of many believers in various areas. Children’s club programs such as Pioneer Girls, Christian Service Brigade, Kids Klub, Vacation Bible School and–of course–Sunday School have brought many families through our doors over the years. Camp ministry at Southern Alberta Bible Camp, Women’s Ministry, Men’s Prayer Breakfasts, choirs, music and drama ministries, J.A.M Youth, Gamma Girls, Operation Christmas Child, J.O.Y Ministries, Young Adults, Couples Club, Stampede Breakfasts, Ice Cream Socials, Retreats, Conferences and Church Picnics are just a sampling of some of the ways that God has worked here over the years.
God has also allowed the congregation of First Evangelical Free Church to face a variety of challenges and difficulties over the years. Growing pains, aging pains, and occasionally, disagreements with one another are all situations that have brought us to our knees over the years. But through everything, our Lord has demonstrated Himself faithful and loving. We know that each trial has been an opportunity to cling to Him, receive wisdom, trust Him more fully for the future, develop much needed perseverance and see Him provide for all our needs.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4 NIV)
First Free has never strayed far from its educational roots as a Sunday School Mission. It is our desire to see believers discipled, equipped and encouraged through fellowship with one another and prayer. We endeavor to rejoice with those who are rejoicing and mourn with those who are mourning (Rom. 12:15); believing that iron sharpens iron and that we are truly better together. First Free is a warm and un-intimidating community of believers. It won’t take you long to feel comfortable.
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