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First & Franklin

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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.



Lent & Easter at First & Franklin

 Palm Sunday Service 
Sunday, March 24, 10:30a
with choir and organ

Good Friday Service of Tenebrae
Friday, March 29, 7:00p
with readings and motets sung by the Sanctuary Choir

Easter Day Service
Sunday, March 31
Prelude at 10:10a, Service at 10:30a
with brass, timpani, choir and organ

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)


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.

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.


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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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COVID-19 – Session Letter – 3/13/2020

Dear Members and Friends of First & Franklin Church, As you know, we are in the midst of a public health emergency with community transmission of COVID-19 now taking place…

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Scaffolding Around the Sanctuary

A Note from Scot Spencer, Ruling Elder, Session As Session develops a plan to address the repairs to our historic spire, we have authorized the installation of scaffolding around the…

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Visioning and Remembering Luncheon

February 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm We are asking the congregation to come together for a series of luncheons, the first of which will be held on February 2, 2020. The…

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Karen Slack / Mark Markham

March 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dream Variations Notes & Program   Known for performances that “ripped the audience’s hearts out” (Opera News), Karen Slack is“not only one of the nation’s most celebrated sopranos, but a…

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Good Friday Tenebrae Service

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Svet Stoyanov

April 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

Praised by the New York Times for his “understated but unmistakable virtuosity” along with a “winning combination of gentleness and fluidity,” Svet Stoyanov is a driving force in modern percussion.…

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Armstrong Honors Recital

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

The Spire Series is proud to host its close neighbor, Baltimore School for the Arts, for the annual Armstrong Honors Recital. This special event showcasing select members of the graduating…

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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.”