First and Franklin – A Baltimore neighbor.

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.



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.


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All Saints’ Day Memorial List

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November Community Newsletter

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October Community Newsletter

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September Newsletter 2021 Final

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Grief, Memory, and Hope

Grief, Memory, and Hope Rev. Christian Iosso Texts: Psalm 90: 1-6, 9-10. II Corinthians 4:6-5:10. (Longer than listed in newsletter)   Saint Paul was almost certainly martyred in Rome, and…

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Prelude to Pride Concert, Sara Davis Buechner

June 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Main Sanctuary
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AIDS Memorial Quilt Display

AIDS Memorial Quilt Display

May 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Reid Chapel
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AIDS Memorial Quilt Display

June 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Reid Chapel
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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.”