(sometimes initial capital letters) a church free from state control.: Compare established church.
(sometimes initial capital letters) a dissenting or nonconforming church.
(initial capital letters)Also Free Kirk. (in Scotland) the church established by those who left the Church of Scotland in 1843.
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How to use free church in a sentence
The free church party, to which he belonged, was rich in eminent men at the great crisis.
They will have to do for (say) ten years what the laymen of the free church have done cheerfully ever since 1843.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
There are several free church services conducted in the city, but the buildings are not of any special character.From the Thames to the Tiber | J. Wardle
Mr. Murray, of the Scotch free church, bravely struggled on.From Aldershot to Pretoria | W. E. Sellers
The first of these great inland missions was established by the free church of Scotland.
British Dictionary definitions for Free Church
any Protestant Church, esp the Presbyterian, other than the Established Church
(as modifier): Free-Church attitudes
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