Campus Status

Currently the Main Campus is open with limited in-person activity.  The Historic Sanctuary is open with limited in-person activity.

Franklin First UMC Update – May 3, 2021

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

We are pleased to offer in-person worship to remain in-line with the reopening standards set before us and the standards we’ve set for ourselves.  We have limited, physically-distanced seating for the following services. We have retired our “Save Your Seat” form system and all seating is now first-come, first-served. 

  • 8:30 Traditional Worship at Historic Sanctuary (Capacity: 150 seats)

  • 8:30 Blended Worship in Wesley Hall at Main Campus (Capacity: 350 seats) 

  • 10:00 Traditional Worship in Wesley Hall at Main Campus (Capacity: 350 seats) 

  • 11:15 Modern Worship in Wesley Hall at Main Campus (Capacity: 350 seats) 

Be sure to scroll for any updates to our adults, youth or children’s programming.

Question: How do you fit 1100 people into 350 seats?

Answer: You spread them out over 4 worship services at two campuses.

Capacity has increased to 350 seats at Main Campus and 150 seats at Historic Sanctuary! We have 1200 physically-distanced seats across four services waiting for you! 

The “Quarantine & Isolation Calculator” has proven a useful tool for determining exposure risk. You can access this resource here if you have questions regarding attending in-person 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.

Serve Now

Our core missions continue and your service is welcomed.

As we continue to re-open to more and more in-person groups it is more and more necessary for your help. Below is a form that lays out a very easy and specific set of ways you can serve in order for us to continue to say “Yes” to meeting on campus. Please take a look and let us know how you can hlep.

Show Me Ways to Serve to Help Return to In-Person Worship

In-Person

You can join us in-person.

We are now offering in-person worship in accordance with the guidelines from the CDC and other agencies to keep the health of our congregation in the forefront of our minds. You can find the link to save your seat(s) for worship above. The link is unique to that Sunday. You will need to revisit this page or the featured events in the Franklin First UMC mobile app each week to save your seat(s) 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.

Download the App for Quick Updates

Download our Franklin First UMC app at the app store of your choosing to receive the mobile weekly bulletin and other at the moment updates from the ministry areas that mean the most to your family.

It’s easy. Search “Franklin First UMC” at the app store of your preference to download.

How to customize your 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.” If you have children, be sure to click the notification called “Children.” If you’re wanting information specifically about group for men, select the notification called “Men.” You get the idea!
  4. Be sure your phone has notifications enabled. Every device 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. All the information you need will come right to your mobile device.

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

  1. We plan ahead. Check our reopening page at franklinfumc.org for details.
  2. as an expression of love for one another and our neighbor, we make these commitments:
    • We observe 6-foot physical distancing
    • Staff and volunteers wear masks when we are around others
    • Worshipers are welcome to wear masks, but are not required to do so. Participants in indoor classrooms are asked to wear masks.
    • We wash our hands with soap & water for 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer
    • We clean and disinfect after using spaces. Equipment is also cleaned after use. Our Facility Team Members deep clean once a week.
    • If a staff team member tests 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 where to find additional information.

This protocol was sourced form the CDC website and formatted by our staff. To view CDC Guidelines click here.

Revised 5/03/2021

This year has held many firsts. Here’s a little about what’s new in our areas you’ll want to know about.

God has again and again reminded us of his presence during this time. While a global pandemic certainly changes how we approach ministry, God’s plans haven’t missed a step. Daily we are reminded of the verse in Ephesians 3:20…“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Every day is a reminder of how we have the opportunity to live out that verse in very real ways.

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 are a few of the things that may look a little different than they used to. As always, visit the links in each area or drop by our Events page to more of what’s happening at Franklin First UMC.

Adult Sunday School, Classes & Small Groups Update

We have a number of Sunday schools, small groups and classes who are meeting in-person, online and sometimes both.

The ability to meet in groups has certainly taken on a different look. We are happy to say our people have been very creative in their ability to get face to face. Sometimes that’s in the truest form with physically distanced groups meeting on our Main Campus. Sometimes that’s hosting zoom environments for their groups…and sometimes it’s both.

We are pleased to say we now have the ability to offer “Digital Hybrid” classes for virtually everything we do. What that means is that if your class is meeting in person and you feel comfortable with that, then you can attend in person. However we know that’s not the case for everyone. As we continue to reopen to in-person groups, be sure to ask if your group can be a digital hybrid which also gives the opportunity for you to join from home via zoom. Contact each of the group leaders below to get detailed information on how to connect with them online.

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

During this time FirstKids is meeting the needs of families through videos, social media, personal communication, and in-person gatherings on Sundays, Wednesdays, and at events (when available regarding COVID).

If you have questions about how your family can get involved, please email Carrie Altman at caltman@franklinfumc.org Our latest information is also on our Facebook and Instragram sites.

Family Worship at 10:00 a.m.

RSVP for Family Worship in-person at the 10:00 service only. This is a unique environment in Asbury Hall where kids and families worship together. You can RSVP each week on the same form located above that you’d use to RSVP for any in-person worship.

First Kids at Home & On the Go

We also know that it doesn’t have to be a global pandemic that keeps you away from church. Sometimes things just come up and it’s still good to connect with each other no matter what stands in our way. Each week we are offering a fun video-based way to connect with your child and the unmistakable truths of the Bible. It’s always important to give children those building blocks as they grow and it’s even more important now. The content is updated each week and follows what they would have been learning in person. Follow this link to click back each week to discover new and creative ways you child can connect with God’s love, grace and mercy.

Youth Plans

Wednesday Night Live is back…physically distanced, of course!

We are so excited that we have found some safe ways to get together as a youth ministry this fall. Here is how groups will look this season:

  • Groups will meet by grade and gender.
  • Every group will have an outside space where they will be meeting for the time being. This will help us make sure everyone is staying spread out!
  • Each youth will come to the youth space to be checked in.
    • Check in will be at 6:15 (in the main youth space), and youth will go to their groups at 6:30. Groups will conclude at 7:30pm
    • There will be some pizza and snacks, but feel free to eat before you come! (or wait until later)
    • Please stay home if you aren’t feeling well, or are running a fever. (See Universal Protocols Listed Above)
    • Bring a mask. Youth are not required to wear a mask, but we encourage everyone to have one if for some reason we all have to be in close proximity.
  • We will show everyone where to go after they check in.

If you have an additional questions, contact Hank.

Sunday Mornings in the 415 Youth

We are will be resuming Sunday morning Thrive on February 21! We’re back at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday in the Youth Room. We’ll meet together for a time of worship and then split Middleschool and Highschool for message and small group conversations.

To read about our protocol for meeting indoors, please click here!

Here’s the low-down on how it’ll look:
9:45-10:10: Check-in and THRIVE pre-party outside.
10:10 -10:50 Classes for 7-8, 9-11, and 12 grades.

If you have an additional questions, contact Hank.

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

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.

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.