Glorifying God Through Growing and Going
First Evangelical Free Church is devoted to glorifying God by producing Christ-centered disciples who are increasingly fruitful.
We believe God will be glorified to the degree we become fruitful disciples who are both “growing and going.” To accomplish this God-given work, in dependence upon Him we seek to…
Engage people in the worship of God, the hearing of His truth, and the life of His Church, so they become devoted followers of Christ.
Establish believers in a growing, personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the study of God’s Word, prayer, and accountable relationships.
Equip believers to do the work of the ministry according to their God-given gifts and abilities and in dependence upon Him.
Extend God’s fame in southern Maine and in the world individually by our life and witness, and collectively through Church planting and cooperative missionary effort.
Nursery is available for infants and toddlers through age 3 during both worship services. We hold diligently to a two adult policy for the safety of your child. We believe that nursery is a first step for children to learn to trust our heavenly Father as we love them in a secure environment.
Sunday School is available during the school year for all ages Infants through Adults.
Summer Children’s Ministry replaces children’s Sunday School in the summer. This gives teachers a much needed break and the kids a Vacation Bible School type program with creative Bible teaching around a unified theme.
Sunday School classes for the Junior High and Senior High meet on Sunday mornings. In the summer we encourage some teens to help in the children’s programs to gain experience and ministry skills in working with children.
Youth Ministry gives our young people in grades 6 – 12 an opportunity to know Christ as their Savior and grow in a relationship with him. This is accomplished primarily through a fun but intentional youth group ministry which meets at noon on Sundays. The Youth Group meeting is a fun time of fellowship with other Christian teens, worship, learning from God’s Word, and encouragement through the personal ministry of a committed staff of adult Christian leaders.
In addition to the Youth Group, the youth ministry provides additional opportunities for teens to grow and serve. Teens are also encouraged to serve as leaders in the youth ministry, through occasional community activities, and through participation in occasional short-term missions trips.
Adult Bible Classes meet Sunday mornings during the school year. They usually include two to three electives from which to choose. Fellowship time (including coffee) prior to the classes makes this a great place to meet people and to engage in “one-anothering.”
Small Groups meet in area homes either on Sunday nights or during the week. These groups combine the power of transparent relationships, the truth of God’s work and trusting accountability to promote accelerated growth in Christian maturity. The result is “Consistency through the power of Community.” A small group is also where you can truly get to know others and where we are best able to care for you. For these reasons groups remain together all year to develop meaningful relationships.
Our Women’s Ministry exists for the purpose of “engaging women’s hearts for establishment in biblical teaching: equipping them for deeper learning and service to God in their homes, church and communities all for the glory of God.” This mission statement is carried out through Bible studies, mentoring and special women’s gatherings.
The Networking Ministry seeks to help people discover their spiritual gifts and passions and then direct them to places of service. Their goal is to place The Right People in the Right Places for the Right Reasons. A seminar with a follow-up consultation is offered periodically, usually in the fall.
Personal Discipleship is available for new Christians who desire to grow in Christ. The pastor will match interested new believers with mature Christians who have a desire to disciple.
In Summary, there are no shortages of ministry opportunities here by which you can grow. However, we are convinced that your greatest growth will come from consistent, personal time spent with God in worship, in prayer and in His Word.
We believe that in the Great Commission Jesus gave His Church a specific responsibility to share the good news of God’s forgiveness with lost people. This charge is accompanied by the promise of His presence and power in the task of taking the gospel not only to our families, neighbors, and co-workers, but also to people throughout the world.
The Evangelism Commission equips the church (through workshops and other forms of training) with how to effectively share the gospel with others. They also supply resources to help the church in its task of sharing Christ. Though we currently also have a monthly outreach to local nursing homes one Sunday during the month, much of our evangelistic thrust is through developing relationships and sharing Christ on a one-to-one basis in our schools, workplace, and neighborhoods.
The Missions Committee helps the church accomplish the responsibility given by God to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. They inform and educate the church as to the prayer and financial needs of the 25 missionaries and organizations we support. They also keep the church aware of changes in the world that affect the missionary effort. They encourage and oversee short-term missionary trips such as those taken to the Czech Republic, Africa, Japan, Mongolia, Honduras, France, and Mexico.