“…be doers of the word, and not merely hearers of the word.” – James 1:22

 

At Franklin First UMC we are committed to “Knowing Christ – Sharing Christ – Making Disciples,” so, it only makes sense that we will be present in our local community working to serve others in the name of Christ. We are blessed to share some of our many gifts through The Giving Garden and our Early Response Team, along with other varied local partnerships.

The Missions and Outreach Committee has undertaken the responsibility of identifying mission activities within the community and around the world for our community of faith to help serve. Committee members serve as liaisons between the organizations they represent and community agencies. We welcome your participation in those areas where you feel called to be in service to God’s people.

Franklin First UMC Local Outreach Missions

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The Mission of the Giving Garden is to share the bounty of God’s gifts by feeding our neighbors and those in need.

Every year the Garden Ministry has opportunities for anyone to participate and we invite you to join us. No gardening experience required. Whether you can spare on hour on a Saturday morning, want to learn sustainable gardening practices from our Master Gardener, are handy with a tractor, or have time to take a larger role, we have a place for you.

Go to The Giving Garden Web Page

“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces.” Proverbs 3:9

The mission of an Disaster Response Team response team is to provide a caring presence in the aftermath of a disaster under very specific guidelines that enable a team to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community. These teams respond to the disaster in the early stages of recovery, typically within the first 30 days of an event. This team serves on-site for a maximum of four days at a time.

For more information about the Early Response Team contact Angela Overstreet at tozonian@charter.net or Clifton Tackett at clifton@thetackettfoundation.org.

“…love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15)

Sometimes you just need a little help! Maybe it’s in changing light bulbs or a ride or a ramp that needs to be built. Willing Hands is a team of people who just step up and help meet random requests that people in the congregation need. When we receive a request, we email it to our “willing hands” friends and whoever is able to take the lead and see that the need is taken care just does it!

    • Contact Willing Hands Ministry at

willinghands@franklinfumc.org

    for more information about how to get involved.

Local Partnerships

This Hispanic/Latino United Methodist faith community began in 2012 and worships with an average of 60 persons each week, with well over half (65%) being children and youth.

Starting with a small Bible study and outreach at the soccer field, they now have vibrant worship, study, and service every week. These are mostly young families discovering Christ and growing as disciples.

Franklin First UMC has supported this ministry’s birth through grants, prayers, and the fellowship of many Franklin First UMC members who have worshiped with them at their location and welcomed them at events here on our campuses.

Ebenezer UMC is located at 6018 New York Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209.

Find out more about Ebenezer UMC here: https://www.facebook.com/umcebenezer

Project Transformation Tennessee (PTT) engages young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, supports under-served children and families, and connects churches to communities in need. Literacy and relationships are the core of service in this ministry.

Find out more about Project Transformation TN here. http://projecttransformation.org/tennessee/

Take the Reins is an equine-assisted riding center serving children between the ages of 4 and 18 years old with physical, intellectual, emotional or medical challenges. The equine-assisted activities utilize the unique power of the horse to help the rider gain confidence and courage, while the horse’s movement improves balance, coordination and control.

Find out more about Take The Reins here:  http://takethereinsridingcenter.com/

Room In The Inn is a program in which this congregation welcomes twelve overnight guests every Thursday night from November through March. These homeless women, children, and men are picked up in Nashville and transported to our church building. They receive a hot, nourishing meal, have opportunity to shower, are provided with a safe place to sleep, have access to articles of clothing they may need, and are given breakfast and a sack lunch before being transported back to Nashville. Each week a different group is responsible for hosting.

For more about Room in the Inn visit their web site at: www.roomintheinn.org

Franklin First UMC Contact: Dan and Rachel Williamson at  betheinnkeeper@gmail.com or 615-512-8083.

Meals on Wheels – a program of the churches in the community that prepares noon meals and/or delivers them in the community to persons who are elderly or disabled. Our congregation is responsible for cooking and delivering these meals the second week of each month. Volunteers can choose Monday, Wednesday, or Friday to volunteer.

To request to receive a meal contact:  www.mealcall.org/meals-on-wheels/tn/franklin.htm

Franklin First UMC Contact:  Nancy Armfield at nanmail2003@gmail.com

Graceworks is a cooperative effort of churches in Williamson County ministering to persons in need in our community. A thrift store open to the public provides low cost items and raises funds for other Graceworks ministries. These ministries include emergency food distribution and other emergency aid. Prior to Christmas, the Graceworks Manger provides low cost and no cost gifts for families with limited resources. www.graceworksministries.net

    Contact: Carol Dublin, at 615-794-9055, ext. 14,

 

    carol@graceworksministries.net
This local school partnership was established in 2016.

A formal partnership with this local elementary school is based on a larger mission for all churches in our community to partner with and support the youth in our schools. As these relationships are formed we are aware of needs and Franklin First UMC can serve outside our walls.

Invitation to Participate and Serve:  Pastor, Jason Brock

What You Can Do:

  • Spend time with children through meals, crafts and small projects.
  • Homework help
  • Reading stories
  • Help identify people who want to participate by financially sponsoring projects such as “homework boxes” with basic school supplies; dinners; etc.
  • Work with moms on skills (language; work; etc.); tutor children; serve dinners; etc.

** All volunteers need Safe Sanctuary Training and background checks through FSSD