Welcome, Fellow Pilgrims! We begin a month-long journey that will help us as followers of Christ find moments of inner solitude. We will learn to listen with open hearts to movements of the Holy Spirit. We will use prayer forms that have been practiced by Christians for centuries that will teach us to listen and discern God’s will for us as we yearn to grow ever closer to our Creator.
Throughout this journey, we will be asked to prayerfully experience Five Pilgrimage Points which will progressively ask us to listen, open and grow more deeply in our love for the One who is.
Franklin First UMC is a community of faith remarkable in so many distinct ways. Our age—at 217 years—makes us one of the oldest Methodist churches in America. Few churches are so blessed by God.
Each of us who today claim Franklin First UMC as our church home has a vital role to play in what the future holds for our congregation. Before we get ahead of ourselves and start considering the future, we have an exciting journey of pilgrimage we want you to take. It presents an opportunity to be grounded in the legacy we have inherited from those faithful individuals who were just like us, but have now graduated to life eternal, leaving to us this that they had advanced in their time in this place.
This five-stage exercise will take little more than an hour a week to journey back in time to what historic Franklin was like in years past and discover for yourselves what a central role this church has played as a spiritual leader in this great city.