Campus Status

Currently the Main Campus & Historic Sanctuary are closed to in person activity.

Franklin First UMC Situation Update – July 28, 2020

At Franklin First UMC we take the health and well-being of our congregation, staff and community very seriously.

We are pleased to offer an RSVP system for joining us for in-person worship on Sunday, August 2. We’ll have limited capacity to remain in-line with the reopening standards set before us and the standards we’ve set for ourselves.

Please use the link below to RSVP for in-person worship. You may only RSVP for the upcoming Sunday. You will receive additional information about how to enter the campus upon your reservation. You can watch the video here to understand more about what worship will look like when you arrive.

Click here to RSVP for Sunday, August 9 Worship

Gather Virtually

Join us for Worship Online

We are continuing to evaluate and plan how we can begin worshiping in person while still helping keep worshipers safe. Wherever possible we are continuing with virtual classes and groups. You can find out more information about specific classes and groups below.

Sunday Morning services are streaming here each week:

Serve Now

Our core missions continue and your service is welcomed.

Serve in The Giving Garden

Serve with The Giving Garden On The Go!

Meals on Wheels

Show Me Other Areas To Serve


We are planning for future in-person gatherings.

We are now offering in-person worship in accordance with the directives from CDC and other agencies to keep the health of our congregation in the forefront of our minds. You can find the link to RSVP for worship above. The link is unique to that Sunday. You will need to revisit this page each week to RSVP for the upcoming Sunday.

Worshiping via our livestream is also and will continue to be a great way to connect with God and others during this time if in-person worship is not for you. Here’s a link to our livestream church campus.

The basic COVID-19 Universal Protocol we are observing for any in-person activity:

  1. We plan ahead with scheduling, registrations & RSVPs to prepare.
  2. Our staff and volunteers wear masks when we are around others. We encourage worshipers and participants to do so as well. This is our expression of love for our neighbor during this pandemic.
  3. We check temperatures before serving and we ask everyone to check their temperature before coming to ensure it is 99.4 or below.
  4. We ask screening questions: If you answer “yes” to any question below, please join us online or serve a different time.
    a. Have you had any of these signs or symptoms: Fever in the last 7 days, new cough, new onset of shortness of breath?
    b. Have you been around anyone who has tested positive with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  5. We wash our hands per CDC guidelines with soap & water for 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer.
  6. We observe 6 ft physical distancing. If you are in a worship environment, we ask for no congregational singing per advice from the most current research.
  7. We clean and disinfect after using spaces and equipment. Our facility team members clean and disinfect our church building from top to bottom on a daily basis.
  8. If we have a staff team member test positive for COVID-19 you will receive one message that shares this and the last date the team member was in the building as well as instruction on where to find additional information.

Stay Connected to Weekend Worship

It’s the best seat in the house. COVID or not, we always have an option for virtual worship through our online campus. Join us for online worship this weekend at our online streaming platform here. We stream all three of our services at 8:45, 10:00 & 11:15 a.m. We’ll see you there.

We’ll are beginning a new series in June called “Good Question.”

Download our Franklin First UMC app at the app store of your choosing to receive the mobile weekly bulletin. You’ll find step-by-step on how to do that to your right.

Download the App for Quick Updates

We are currently working on plans for what and when in-person groups will resume again at each of our campuses. In the meantime, we are making the most of every one of our digital environments. Download our Franklin First UMC app at the app store of your choosing to receive the mobile weekly bulletin. It’s easy. Search “Franklin First UMC” at the app store of your preference.

Set your app preferences, select “Worship/Bulletin” in the Notifications tab and you’ll get the bulletin delivered right to your phone each Sunday morning just in time for worship. Several groups and classes have found ways to meet in virtual environments. You can set your preference notifications to receive alerts when something important is happening in one of the areas that you have requested.

How to set up your app notifications:

  1. If you don’t already have the FFUMC app, download it at the app store of your choosing. Search “Franklin First UMC” at the app store of your preference. If you already have the app, just uninstall and reinstall to get to the new platform. Again, you can do this at the app store.
  2. Open the app and set up your profile. (Top right corner).
  3. Set your notifications to receive the information from groups that’s most important to you. If you’re wanting the bulletin, select the notification called “Worship/Bulletin.” You get the idea
  4. Be sure your phone has notifications enabled. Every phone is a little different, but usually you’ll find that in your settings. If you don’t have notifications turned on, everything you just did will be for nothing. 🙂
  5. Sit back and relax.

So, what are you doing in the time between now and when we can gather again in-person? Glad you asked:

We are grateful that we remain connected through online avenues and serving the most vulnerable among us. And we are deeply grateful for your patience and grace toward one another. Very soon we will be face-to-face again! Until then, we trust God to hold us together in love and covenant as the community of faith.

Our teams have been hard at work thinking of new and creative ways to stay connected through online experiences when we are unable to meet in person. Here’s a little of what you can expect in each of our ministry areas.

Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday school classes are not meeting on campus.

If you are a part of a current class, check with your group leader on it’s return status. If you are interested in knowing more about Sunday school for adults, contact Sarah Carty.

Small Groups & Classes

We have a number of small groups and classes who have taken their discussion online.

In the mean time, here are some great ways to connect with groups online. To keep our online communities secure, we are not able to publish their links on the internet. Contact each of the group leaders below to get detailed information on how to connect with them online.

  • Loving Like Jesus Loves, a series of summer studies focused on racial understanding. Contact Sarah Carty for additional information on which classes are still open and their start dates and times, or visit our events calendar at the link below.
  • Pastor’s Wednesday Night Bible Study – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at our online streaming platform.
  • Reel Faith Movie Club – Contact David Franzen for Zoom details and dates
  • Lectio Divina – Contact Helen Debuse for Zoom details and dates

Click here to go to our events calendar to find out additional information on groups that interest you.

Mission Plans

There are many ways you can serve on mission this Summer.

Our core missions continue and your service is welcomed.

Serve in The Giving Garden

Serve with The Giving Garden On The Go!

Meals on Wheels

Show Me Other Areas To Serve

First Kids Update

During this unique time, First Kids has taken their ministry online. They are connecting with kids…toddlers to teens…in several ways online. Be sure to follow their First Kids Facebook Group here. They offer all kinds of fun ways to get “face-to-face” with your kids.

Take this Survey & Let Us Know What You’re Thinking… 

As the larger body of FFUMC begins to discuss returning to in-person worship, we get excited that we may see your families again soon!  We want to do what is best for your family and your children.  We will continue to provide tools for you as parents to help your child’s faith grow within your family.  We will also slowly return to in-person activities with your children.  We already have many ideas, but your input is crucial in determining how we can meet your needs.

We understand that many of us are looking at the number of cases with caution and that we are uncertain of what will happen with school re-opening in the fall. We join you in that uncertainty.  Please know that all of our plans are fluid and will be based on the latest guidelines.  We just want to get an idea of how you are feeling.

NOTE:  THIS IS A NO JUDGMENT ZONE.  We ask out of love so we can plan accordingly.  Please answer the questions below about how you are honestly feeling as we look towards the fall.

Begin the Survey Here

Congregational Care Plan

We are devoting daily to meeting our congregation in the areas of their biggest need. One of the most challenging is with our elderly who are in care facilities. If you know of someone who calls Franklin First their home church or if they’ve been joining us recently online, please let us know and we’ll do our best to reach out to them.

Youth Plans

Specific youth plans here

COVID-19 Resources

Health and safety is a concern to us and we want you to have the best information when making decisions for yourself and your family. Here are five COVID Update resources we monitor regularly. We encourage you to use trusted resources as well.

From Our Wesleyan Beginning

Did You Know?

Did you know that when the earliest Methodist preachers were sent out to the churches they carried two books: The Bible; and Primitive Physic. Primitive Physic is actually the most widely published of all of John Wesley’s books! After preaching the pastor would meet with parishioner and provide health advice and basic wellness tips for everyone.  Our Wesleyan heritage has always been about the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

How COVID19 Spreads in Community

If you have any additional questions…

Seeking first the Kingdom of God… Priorities of how we can best show love to our community and congregation.