Fireside Communion & Discussion

Join Pastor Jacob around the fire tonight (Thursday, April 8) at 7pm as we share in communion and discuss upcoming readings and themes for Sunday worship.  This event will, on a typical week, be outside at the church so in-person participants should plan to dress for the weather and, if possible, bring a lawn chair.

NOTE: DUE TO THE RISE IN POSITIVE COVID-19 INFECTIONS IN THE TOWN OF FRANKLIN, THIS SERVICE WILL BE DONE EXCLUSIVELY VIRTUAL THIS WEEK (APRIL 8).

This will be a weekly service (Thursdays @ 7pm). Watch the church website for on-going details. This service will allow for in-person and virtual participation. Virtual participants can  join the gathering by going to https://meet.google.com/txp-ndfa-ivu) or by calling 1-440-467-1448, the PIN is 220 679 745#.

If you have any questions about this service, please contact the Church Office or Pastor Jacob.

Good Friday Service || The Way of the Cross for Pandemic Time

This is a joint service of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Franklin Federated Church, and the Franklin United Methodist Church. The service was adapted from The Way of the Cross for Pandemic Time by Mary Barber and Joseph Wallace-Williams. We pray this service will inspire you to be courageous, work for justice, and proclaim God’s love to heal and reconcile the world through Jesus Christ our Lord.

You can journey with others through the Stations at 7pm on Good Friday (April 2) by going to https://meet.google.com/mzf-fize-xxu or by calling 1-409-444-2654 (PIN: 152 837 218#).  If you would prefer to watch the service at another time, you will find the video posted to the FUMC YouTube channel by 9am on April 2.

You may also view the service at your leisure asynchronously below.

Devotions for Holy Week

Below you will find a devotional resource to guide you through the end of Holy Week. Holy Week is one of the most sacred times in the life of the church as we recall the arrest, persecution, execution, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This devotional resource will guide you through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday preparing you for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter morning.

We hope you’ll consider joining us on Easter morning at 10am as we celebrate the risen Lord. We continue to meet virtually. You can join the service using Google Meet  (click this link,(http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#. You are always welcome!

Transition to In-person Gatherings

Dear members and friends of the Franklin United Methodist Church,

On March 13, 2020, in response to growing concerns regarding the spread of a novel-coronavirus, I made the difficult decision to cancel in-person worship.  The following Sunday (March 15), the Church Council decided to halt all in-person gatherings.  For just over a year now, in response to what became a global pandemic, our gatherings have been exclusively virtual.  While virtual small groups and virtual worship have kept us connected through this crisis…

IT IS FINALLY TIME!

Over the next several weeks we will begin transitioning to in-person small groups and worship.  The metrics that will guide whether or not we gather indoors in-person, outdoors in-person, or exclusively virtual can be found below.

            Assuming we meet the metrics, in-person small group gatherings (<20 persons) will be allowed to meet at the church beginning on Monday, April 5.  Assuming we meet the metrics, in-person worship will begin on Sunday, May 2.  On fair weather days, even if the metrics allow for indoor gatherings, preference will be given to outdoor gatherings.  It is important to note that all in-person worship services and most in-person small groups will continue to allow for virtual participation.  Links to participate virtually will be sent through the church website and calendar.  This will allow people who may be traveling, homebound, in an institution, or living at a distance to participate in the life of the church even though they cannot make it to the facility in-person.

            As we make the transition back to in-person gatherings, most COVID protocols will remain in place.  You must wear a mask over your nose and mouth, maintain physical distancing, frequently sanitize your hands, and fill out a health questionnaire (for contact tracing purposes) in order to participate in-person.  There will be no group singing.  And, capacity limits will be set for indoor events in order to maintain physical distancing.  A registration and RSVP system will be setup so that we can plan for your in-person worship participation.  Virtual worship participants will not have to register for worship.  We will not, at this time, be instituting a registration process for small group gatherings.

            Below you will find the metrics that will guide how we gather, along with some reminders about our COVID protocols.  You will also find a table with current metric data. If you have any questions about the transition to in-person gatherings or you just want to chat, please feel free to contact me directly.  I look forward to gathering with you in-person once again that we might worship God, work and live life together for Christ’s sake!

Peace.
Pastor Jacob



The above letter and graphic were sent out to the congregation via USPS. You can view a printable version of the mailing here. To know where the metrics currently stand, see below. Metrics are updated Thursday evening/Friday morning. Numbers are pulled from the Town of Franklin website and the Massachusetts COVID dashboard.

THE WAY OF THE CROSS DURING PANDEMIC TIME

Good Friday reminds us to “stay, watch and pray” with others who are suffering. Join us on Good Friday (April 2) as we journey through the Stations of the Cross bearing witness to the suffering of Christ in our world. These contemporary stations will challenge us to see Christ in the suffering around us.

You can journey with others through the Stations at 7pm on Good Friday (April 2) by going to https://meet.google.com/mzf-fize-xxu or by calling 1-409-444-2654 (PIN: 152 837 218#).  If you would prefer to watch the service at another time, you will find the video posted to the FUMC YouTube channel by 9am on April 2.

This is a joint service of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Franklin Federated Church, and Franklin United Methodist Church. All are welcome.

The First Reading: Ecclesiastes 9:1-10

The First Reading is a weekly vlog that looks at the scripture and themes coming up in our worship together at Franklin United Methodist Church.

The reading for Sunday, February 28, comes from Ecclesiastes 9:1-10.

We hope you’ll consider joining our worship together on Sunday, February 28, at 10am ET as we continue reflecting upon this text. To join the service using Google Meet, click here.

The First Reading: Job 14:1-22

The First Reading is a weekly vlog that looks at the scripture and themes coming up in our worship together at Franklin United Methodist Church.

The reading for Sunday, February 21, comes from Job 14:1-22.

We hope you’ll consider joining our worship together on Sunday, February 21, at 10am ET as we continue reflecting upon this text. To join the service using Google Meet, click here.

LENTEN STUDY: What Was God Doing…

Join us Tuesday evenings (February 23 through March 27) at 7:30pm ET as we discuss the book What was God doing on the Cross? by Alister E. McGrath: a book that challenges us to think and speak clearly about the harsh realities of the cross and its central importance to the Christian faith.

To purchase the book new (click here) or used (click here). If you would like to participate in the study, but cannot secure or afford the book, please contact Pastor Jacob.

This small group gathering and discussion will be facilitated virtually by Pastor Jacob. All are welcome to attend and participate. You can join our gathering using Google Meet by clicking this link (https://meet.google.com/zxe-kcbu-hxf) or by calling 661-527-2948, the PIN is 883 139 733#.

Read through chapter 1 for our first gathering on February 27. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jacob.

Ash Wednesday || Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Wednesday, February 17, marks the beginning of Lent–the 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to the celebration of Easter. Below you will find a devotional and information about a special worship service to help you begin the season of Lent aright.

“Taking Faith Home” Devotion

Use and adapt this resource for your personal, family, and/or small group devotions.

Ash Wednesday Worship

Traditionally, we would hold an Ash Wednesday worship service at the church and impose ashes on foreheads as a sign of repentance and in remembrance of our mortality. Due to on-going precautions during the pandemic, and our not meeting for in-person worship, this service has been pre-recorded. There are several different ways you can view the service…

Google Meet, 12pm

You can join the Ash Wednesday Service at 12pm (virtually) using Google Meet. Click this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or call 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#. Note: this is the same Meet used for our Worship Together on Sunday morning.

Online (YouTube or Facebook)

If you cannot make the virtual service at noon, you access the service below, or on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The Franklin United Methodist Church chancel decorated for Lent. Photo taken by Pastor Jacob on Sunday, February 14, 2021.

The First Reading: Mark 16:1-8

The First Reading is a weekly vlog that looks at the scripture and themes coming up in our worship together at Franklin United Methodist Church.

The reading for Sunday, February 14, comes from Mark 16:1-8.

We hope you’ll consider joining our worship together on Sunday, February 14, at 10am ET as we continue reflecting upon this text. To join the service using Google Meet, click here.