Into our Hearts…Into the World!

We’d be honored to share our Christmas season with you. Follow along below for a list of events that are coming up. We’d love for you to be our guest. If you have any questions along the way, just ask at the link to your right.



The Sundays in Advent

During the season of Advent, we prepare for love to come down.  With each week, the light grows stronger and the birth of Christ gets closer.  Have no fear.  Our salvation is on the way. Please join us for Sundays in Advent. Join us at any of our Main Campus at Mack Hatcher at 8:30, 10:00 & 11:15 a.m. or at our Historic Sanctuary at Fifth Avenue at 8:30 a.m. You can also join us at livestream campus right here. We can’t wait to see you this Christmas season.

Join us for Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Services

Join us for our Christmas Eve services where we’ll celebrate the birth of our Savior.

We are offering 7 services in two locations.

  • Main Campus at Mack Hatcher: 2:00, 4:00 & 6:00 p.m.

  • Historic Sanctuary at 5th Avenue: 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30 & 11:00 p.m.

If you aren’t local to Franklin, or if you’d just prefer to join us online, you may also catch our service at our live streaming platform right here (https://live.franklinfumc.org) We will be streaming the 4:00 & 6:00 p.m. services from our Main Campus. We’d love for you to be our guest.

More Christmas 2021 Happenings

Nativity Night at the Art Crawl

Experience the wonder of the Nativity, the tableau that tells the story of our Savior’s birth. Don’t miss the Downtown Franklin Art Crawl at our Historic Sanctuary at Fifth Avenue for a showcase of nativities from all around the world. It’s all coming up on Friday, December 3 from 6-9 p.m.

If you have a nativity you would like to display, let us know right here!

As you make your way through downtown Franklin, be sure to hang a left at 5th Avenue so you can come on down to the historic sanctuary and see the artists we’ll have on display…and maybe even enjoy a little live music. You just never know what you may find.

Christmas Festival

Don’t miss an evening experience that immerses participants in the story of Christmas. Join us Dec. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a hymn sing in Wesley, cookies and hot chocolate, live nativity on the east lawn, ornament making, and fellowship. This event is for all ages and is a free event. Let us know if you’re coming right here so we can plan for food and supplies.

The Manger Mayhem Adventure

Mayhem has made its way into the Christmas season. The cast of the Nativity has gone missing and it’s your job to find them. Don’t miss this exciting adventure that takes you through the streets of downtown Franklin in search of wise men, shepherds, Mary, Joseph, angels…and maybe even a little babe. Your adventure will be filled with clues and mystery as you put together the pieces that will lead you to your ultimate destination.

You’ll begin your adventure at the Visitor’s Center on 4th avenue where you’ll pick up your guide. Then you’ll keep a sharp eye for the missing nativity characters and solve the clues to lead you to your ultimate destination. The Manger Mayhem Adventure is fun for young and old alike. The mayhem begins on December 3 and continues through December 31.

19 Miles Christmas Edition

It’s a 19 Miles Christmas Edition with singer/songwriter Chris Wallin on Tuesday, December 7 beginning at 6:30 p.m. With his unique gift for finding the extraordinary in ordinary life, Chris Wallin has established himself as one of Nashville’s most sought-after songwriters.

For years, Wallin has topped the charts with classics-in-the-making for the industry’s biggest stars: “Love Me If You Can” by Toby Keith, “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney, ”People Loving People” by Garth Brooks, “I’m Tryin’” for Trace Adkins, “Something To Be Proud Of” and “Speed” by Montgomery Gentry and many more.

Artists who have cut Chris’s songs include Lorrie Morgan, Garth Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Sammy Kershaw, Tommy Shane Steiner, Trace Adkins, Michael Peterson, Anthony Smith, Jeffrey Steele, Confederate Railroad, Neal McCoy, Brian McComas, Brad Paisley, Joe Diffie, Diamond Rio, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and many, many more.

Christmas Sweater Tea

Adults 65 and up, make this Christmas extra special by joining us on Thursday, December 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for a special music program, while enjoying tea, coffee, sandwiches, cookies, and other delectable treats. Wear your favorite Christmas sweater and enjoy the warmth and spirit of Christmas with friends new and old! Reservations are required. Please RSVP by Dec. 6. right here.

If you need assistance with registration, call 615-794-2734. This is a community-wide event and is free, so bring a friend!  If you’re interested in volunteering for the event, contact Pastor Sarah Carty (scarty@franklinfumc.org).

Toy Drive for The Manger

This year Franklin First UMC is hosting Graceworks Ministries “The Manger.” Share a little extra love and buy something from their Amazon wish list here. Make sure to select Attn: Jenny MacNeill with our address (120 Aldersgate Way, Franklin). If you’d like to know more about volunteer opportunities for The Manger during the week of December 13-17, click here to serve.

Poinsettia Orders

Give poinsettias in “honor of” or in “memory of” important people in your life this Advent season. This fundraiser supports ongoing worship purchases throughout the year. CLICK HERE to make your purchase and choose a date. The form opens on Nov. 21. These dedications will be shown in a special link each Sunday of Advent in our app within the Sunday bulletin.

Service of Hope & Healing

It’s not uncommon to experience sadness and feelings of loss during the holidays. God knows our hearts and how we grieve and meets us with hope and healing. Join us in this holy space of rest for meditation and prayer on Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. at our Historic Sanctuary at 5th Avenue in Franklin.

Project Christmas Soldier Stockings

We are partnering with the USO based on Ft. Campbell to provide 150 Christmas Soldier Stockings this year. Click here to go the Amazon wish list. Once items are purchased, they’ll be sent to FFUMC for packaging and special delivery. Deadline for purchases is November 30. You may also make a monetary donation here.

Advent Late Night

Tuesday “Late Nights” on Zoom:

Late Nights: Advent to Christmas, 2021
(Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Dec.21) 7:45 pm-8:30 pm


This is a late-night conversation with God and each other.  No prerequisites and no assignments.  Just genuine presence in the wonder of the season.  After your household has retreated to bed or to their later evening solitude; before you crash to recover from the long day. Anticipating that there may be something new God would offer us in an hour of authentic wondering what this season, in 2021, might mean for our lives. Our shared reading is Honest Advent by Scott Erickson, and one can order their own book if desired.

Advent Study Wednesdays

Wednesdays in December (Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22) from 4:00-5:00 pm OR  6:30 – 7:30 pm.


Prepare your heart and mind this Advent season with a deep dive into the history and the biblical texts that surround the birth of Christ. In Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine shows how the Gospel narratives connect to the Old Testament. This class meets in person and on Zoom. Books are available for purchase for $9.50 at registration but are not required. Contact Pastor Sarah for additional details.

Advent Lectio Divina

Learn and or deepen your practice of Lectio Divina using images and reflections from Jan L. Richardson’s book Night Vision on Saturdays from 9-10:00 AM beginning November 27, December 4, 11, 18, and January 8.


Two of the Saturdays are holidays, so the gathering will on those two dates will meet on Sundays December 26 and January 2.  This seven-week series will take us through to the Epiphany and will occur online only via ZOOM.  It is not necessary to purchase the book.  Everything that you need for this offering will be provided to you.  But, if you so wish, books may be purchased through Amazon.   Contact Helen DeBuse at hdebuse@bellsouth.net with any questions you may have.

Advent Studies – Sunday Mornings


“Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam” (James W. Moore)- Good News Class

Christmas or confusion, Bethlehem or bedlam . . . Which will you choose this year? Christmas always happens right in the midst of our chaos, but God breaks into our noisy disorder and is made known in Jesus Christ.

Advent Studies – Sunday Mornings

10 am

Who Needs Christmas? (Andy Stanley) -New Horizons Class

This four-week series reminds us that through Christmas, we learn God is active even when it seems like he is not. We are reminded that even when it seems God is silent, he is always working. And we are reminded that God sent Jesus not simply to be the Savior of the world but to be the Savior in our world. Through Christmas, we are reminded that God always keeps his promises to us.

Making Room: Sharing the Love of Christmas (Ed Robb) – Kindred Spirits

This four-week study explores the warmth of welcome at Christmas following interactions with the Holy Family, the shepherds, and the magi. The story of Christ’s birth encourages us to widen our borders and increase our sense of community—and make room for others.

Christmas From the Backside (Ellsworth Kalas) – McSwiney Class

Popular and beloved author J. Ellsworth Kalas presents new insight into the biblical story of Christmas. Kalas approaches the season through the “back side”–through a unique starting point, a creative retelling, a new “lens,” or the eyes of a minor character.

Adult Bible Study Series: Engage (Gary Thompson) – Koinonia Class

Wait for It – Advent is a time of anticipating and waiting.  The lessons in Advent invite the reader to explore waiting as an important element in the three episodes of Luke’s telling of the Christmas Story, as Jesus Christ patiently waits for us.

The Heart That Grew Three Sizes (Matt Rawle) – Seekers Class

Rediscover the gift of Advent that comes without packages, ribbons, and bows.
We don’t know why the Grinch hated Christmas. We just know he did. In this new Advent study, Matt Rawle explores the faith themes in the Christmas classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! including, how did the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes come Christmas morning? How did Christmas save the Grinch? Could it be that the very thing we think we hate is the one thing that changes our lives?

“Mysteries of the Messiah” (Jason Sobel)   – Common Ground Class

Don’t settle for half of the story! Discover the Jewish roots to the Christian faith. By exploring the Mysteries of the Messiah, you can ignite a new love for Jesus and passion for the Bible that will bring your greater hope and transformation in your life.

Advent Studies – Sunday Mornings

11:15 am

Adult Bible Study Series: Engage (Gary Thompson) – Connections Class

Wait for It – Advent is a time of anticipating and waiting.  The lessons in Advent invite the reader to explore waiting as an important element in the three episodes of Luke’s telling of the Christmas Story, as Jesus Christ patiently waits for us.