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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.



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

11/26/2023 Sermon – Pastor Steve’s World Famous Funnel

Today we are talking about two people who are hugely important in the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Two people who had to step into a new…

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November 19, 2023 Sermon – Holes

ABOUT REV. CHRISTA BURNS: Christa was born in Iowa, and has lived in Southern California, Tulsa, St. Louis, New York City and Baltimore. She graduated with an MDiv from Union…

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December 2023 Community Newsletter


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November 12, 2023 Sermon – Foolish Bridesmaids

  Rev. Steve Nofel First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church November 12, 2023 Philippians 3:12-14 Matthew 25:1-13 As Anna and Jason will witness, I selected the wrong Gospel reading for…

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November 2023 Community Newsletter

Read the latest community newsletter HERE.

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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.”