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First & Franklin

You Belong Here




A Community of Worship

Our service is faithful to tradition, musically inspired, socially engaged.






A Community of Service

We promote peacemaking and social justice, in Baltimore and beyond.






A Community of Fellowship

Our congregation seeks to increase our understanding of each other.



Advent & Christmas

Sunday 10 December @ 10:30a - Second Sunday of Advent Service

Sunday 10 December @ 4:00p - Candlelight Choral Concert (no tickets required)

Sunday 17 December @ 10:30a -  Third Sunday of Advent Service

Sunday 24 December @ 10:30a - Fourth Sunday of Advent Service

Sunday 24 December @ 4:00p - Lessons and Carols Service

Christmas Day - No Services

Sundays at First & Franklin

9:00a - Adult Education (Reid Chapel)
9:15a - Multi-Age Sunday School (Backus House)
10:30a - In-Person Worship Service (Sanctuary)

We strive to be an inclusive, diverse congregation devoted to enriching our community through socially engaging and relevant preaching and an inspirational congregational music program, service to others, and fellowship that increases our understanding of one another. Our mission is to make Baltimore a better community for everyone, and we welcome anyone who comes through our doors.


First & Franklin Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) welcomes everyone to worship with us, regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. A member of the More Light Presbyterians since 1980, our congregation is committed to inclusivity and full participation in the Church for all individuals, including service and the clergy.


We believe that the affirmation of one's gender identity and sexual orientation is Scripturally based and a natural outflow of God's perfect creation and love. Here at First & Franklin, you are welcome, you are seen, and you are loved just the way God made you.


Latest Posts

What Kind of God?

A poem by the Indian poet Kabir (1440-1518) from translator Daniel Ladinsky’s Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West.   “What Kind of God?” What…

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Worship Bulletin for March 29, 2020 Fifth Sunday of Lent

Bulletin – March 29 2020 PDF

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Session Employee Pay Letter

  Dear Members and Friends of First & Franklin,                                           …

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 These brief services will take place each morning on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday — they will continue weekly until further notice. You may connect via Zoom (information below). Service…

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Topic: Evening Prayer Time: 06:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Every week on Wed, until Apr 1, 2020 Mar 25, 2020 06:15 PM Apr 1, 2020 06:15 PM Please…

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Candlelight Choral Concert

December 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir, directed by Jason Kissel, will present their annual Candlelight Choral Concert on Sunday, December 10th, 2023 at 4:00pm. This yearly tradition celebrates the holiday…

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Lessons & Carols Service

December 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church
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Karen Slack / Mark Markham

March 8, 2024 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

Hailed for possessing a voice of extraordinary beauty, a seamless legato and great dramatic depth, American soprano Karen Slack has garnered international renown for her artistic versatility, charisma and entrepreneurial…

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Good Friday Worship Service

March 29, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church
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“At First & Franklin, we are a quirky and very independent congregation.”

“The whole community here really embraces [music] as a really integral part of the service, as a means to get the message out — the message of peace.”

“I come once a week because I want to, not because I have to. I come to church here because I belong here.”