Sundays at First & Franklin
We have resumed in-person worship and are making changes as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and city mandates permit. Mask are optional, but not required to attend First & Franklin. At this time we are still offering online streaming of the service. We encourage all patrons and members of the community to get vaccinated.
Our Worship Services
Our worship service starts at 10:30 on Sunday morning in the Church sanctuary and goes until around 11:45 on most mornings. We also offer streaming options for worship service via zoom and Facebook live. Our services are directly followed by a time of fellowship and light refreshments in Reid Chapel—a time to visit with one another, greet guests, and celebrate different members of our community. You can chat with our pastor as well as our ruling elders about finding a church home during this time, as well.
Before our worship service, we encourage you to join our Adult Forum, held in Backus House—directly adjacent to the Church sanctuary—beginning at 9:15 on Sunday mornings. Our MultiAge Children's Education also begins at 9:15 in Backus House. Both Adult Forum and Children's Education are available via zoom.
What to Expect
To be greeted by ushers
Ushers will be in the narthex of the sanctuary and will show you to a pew if you’d like and provide you with a worship bulletin. Bulletins are also available in large print for those with seeing impairments.
A liturgical service
This is a service with traditional hymns and an engaging, relevant sermon based on Biblical principles and practical application. Hymnals and Bibles are provided in your pews and our worship bulletin will guide you through our service.
Envelopes and cards
Offering envelopes, prayer request cards, and guest welcome cards are available in your pew for your use. Please fill these out and let us know that you're here!
The celebration of the Lord’s Supper (communion) on the first Sunday of each month. In addition to home-baked bread generously supplied by our congregants, we offer gluten-free option for those who are sensitive.
After the Service
Join us for coffee hour
After each Sunday service, you are invited to a fellowship hour with coffee and other light refreshments in Reid Chapel. Come meet with our congregation, fellowship with one another, and discuss the sermon over baked goods, lemonade, and coffee.
Visit with our Pastor
Whether you're looking for a new church home, had questions about the sermon, or just want to say hi, our pastor is always willing to stop and chat after our service.
Get involved with Peacemaking
Time after the service is frequently used to mobilize the congregation in Peacemaking missions, specifically the Brown Bag and Purple Ribbon Ministries. Join others in the congregation to hang the ribbons outside and pack bag lunches for the homeless of Baltimore. Don't forget to pick up a few to hand out on your way home.