Free church

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Free church A church whose sittings are for all and without charge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Free Church that branch of the Presbyterians in Scotland which left the Established Church in the Disruption of 1843, finding spiritual independence impossible within it: a church whose sittings are open to all:
    • Free Church (pl.) a term often applied to the Nonconformist churches generally
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. freo; Ger. frei, Ice. frí.

Usage

In literature:

The Church is free to do its own work in its own way, and is bound only by such laws as it may think good to make for itself.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas
In other words, religious profession is free, but Church government is controlled.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The Church would not marry them if it were known that he was not free.
"Banked Fires" by E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
One more trifle the Church rejected, namely, logic or free reason.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
More by the sins of men Than their free gifts, our holy church doth prosper.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
After the church and the school, the free public library is the most effective influence for good in America.
"Why do we need a public library?" by Various
His church calls itself a Free Church.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
He stood there among the ordinary church-goers, conscious that he was a free spirit.
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie
He kept at his work until he saw an advertisement asking for men to go to the Orange Free State to assist in building a church.
"The Book of Courage" by John Thomson Faris
Educated at Free Church Academy, Halifax.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
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In poetry:

Let thy demeanour in the church be right,
Let it be Christian-like, sincere, and free,
As if thou wert in the Almighty's sight,
And ev'ry angel did thy actions see.
"Things, Which A Person Ought To Meditate Upon, On The Lord's-Day," by Rees Prichard
He'd chance around when Spense was out,
A feller sort o' airy;
An' poke around free's the wind,
With Deely in the dairy.
(Old Spense hed got a patent churn,
Thet gev the Church a drefful turn).
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
But he broke free: while all things ceased,
Some hour increasing, he increased.
The town beneath him seemed a map,
Above the church he cocked his cap,
Above the cross his feather flew
Above the birds and still he grew.
"A Fairy Tale" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
She guards the youngling Church as once
She kept her small Son while He grew,
Safe sheltered from the winds and suns,
Comforted with soft rain and dew;
Till it's full-grown and she is free
For the long bliss that is to be.
"After Ascension" by Katharine Tynan
Then, a free-gadding hoyden, Gerd had craved
To govern more sight than given to a woman
By wits alone: to foresee her lover's faith
And their future lot, she braved
Church curse to ken that crooked oath
Whereby one hires a demon.
"Crystal Gazer" by Sylvia Plath
He was a man of open countenance and of great ability,
And late minister of Free St. Paul's Church, Dundee,
And during the twenty-nine years he remained as minister in Dundee
He struggled hard for the well-being of the community.
"The Death of the Rev. Dr. Wilson" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The Soul Seekers will be featured at 1:30 pm Sunday at Blue Springs Free Will Baptist Church.
Watauga Valley Free Will Baptist Church.
Watauga Valley Free Will Baptist Church is located on Highway 91 in the Hunter community.
Give & Take Free For All will be held Saturday, May 14, from 9 am to noon at First Baptist Church, Cambridge.
The First Church of God in Punxsutawney is hosting another installment of Free Clothing Days Friday and Saturday in the church gymnasium.
Funeral services will be at 2 pm Saturday at First Free Will Baptist Church in Eufaula.
Free Meal and Movie of Harvey , Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
One hundred students from "Harms Elementary" in Detroit got a free coat today thanks to two local churches.
There will be a free community meal at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Newton from 5 to 6 pm Sunday.
Robinson Drive United Methodist Church, 2801 Robinson Drive, will have a free Christmas Kids' Kamp and Parents' Day Out today from 10 am to 2 p.m.
Members of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Tomahawk Ky.
The couple were married on Nov 22, 1962, at Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church by Cecil Wiggins.
A tree sitting atop a vehicle offers free firewood in Falls Church, Va. Monday, July, 2, 2012, as cleanup continued after Friday's storm.
Funeral will be Friday at 11 am at Watery Branch Free Will Baptist Church.
The United Methodist Church will hold a free community lasagna dinner Friday, Nov 16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Search For Local Websites.
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