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.
First and Franklin Presbyterian Church unequivocally, in all circumstances, affirms that Black Lives Matter. In this spirit, this confession below was written jointly by the pastors of First and Franklin and our sister church, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church.
We are 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.
If you have comments or concerns to share with Session as we move forward with the process of discerning the steps to fill our pastoral vacancy, please know that your opinions are valued. If you would like to share anything with us, please click here.
**Covid-19 Digital Worship Information**
Because of the recent upsurge in COVID cases, and in order to provide a consistent schedule, Session has decided to suspend worship in the sanctuary for the rest of calendar year 2020. Virtual worship will continue using the Zoom and Facebook platforms. While we regret this step back from in-person worship, we believe it is necessary to protect the health of our guest preachers, others facilitating worship, and worshippers. Session will review this decision in mid-December.
Upcoming Zoom Gatherings
Theology on Tap
Theology on Tap will resume after the Thanksgiving holiday with a study through Peter Enn's book How the Bible Actually Works*.
"Controversial evangelical Bible scholar, popular blogger and podcast host of The Bible for Normal People, and author of The Bible Tells Me So and The Sin of Certainty explains that the Bible is not an instruction manual or rule book but a powerful learning tool that nurtures our spiritual growth by refusing to provide us with easy answers but instead forces us to acquire wisdom."
If you are interested in joining this study, please email Sarah Lloyd (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let her know that you're interested. The book is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local bookstores. If affording the book will be a hurdle, please let us know so we can arrange to help you.
We mean ALL y'all!
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church (USA) 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.
Sermons aren't just for Sundays! Click the link below to read past sermons for encouragement an nourishment any day of the week.
Church Beyond the Building Task Force Report October 19, 2020 As you know by now, the church relies on its endowment for a significant portion of our operating budget. In…Read More
Many of you know Alec MacGillis, a regular at First & Franklin Presbyterian Church. On Monday, September 28, The New Yorker published a piece he wrote about a young person…Read More