Christ Has Risen - He Has Risen Indeed!

Franklin Federated Church celebrated the rising of Christ with two special services. 

Easter Sunrise Service

Members of the church attended an ecumenical sunrise service at Camp Haiastan in Franklin. 


Easter Service

The Easter service started with a decorated cross entering the sanctuary and ended with a Hallelujah Chorus. 

Church members added flowers to  the cross that would be carried into the sanctuary during the service

Church members added flowers to  the cross that would be carried into the sanctuary during the service

Lilys and Daffodils decorated the sanctuary

Lilys and Daffodils decorated the sanctuary

Holy Week at FFC

Passion Sunday

Sunday April 9 at 10 a.m.

The day will be marked by the singing of hosannas to mark Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

As the service unfolds, it will transition toward the somberness of what is to occur in the week ahead - Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and crucifixion.

Maundy Thursday

April 13 at 6:30 p.m.

We will gather at 6:30 p.m. for a Tenebrae Service and a simple meal of soup and bread in the dining room.

All are welcome and no reservations are needed for supper.

The meal will be followed by a worship service in the sanctuary and the serving of Communion to commemorate Jesus’s ast meal with his Disciples.

Easter Sunday Services - Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m.

Franklin Federated will join the First United Methodist Church of Franklin for an ecumenical Easter sunrise service at Camp Haiastan at 722 Summer Street.

Traditional Easter Service at 10:00 a.m.

We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with flowers, hymns and praise in our sanctuary! This beautiful tradition hearkens our spirits to the promise of new life.  

“Christ the Lord is Risen Today” - He is risen indeed!


FFC Celebrates CWS Blankets and Tools Sunday

February 12th is Church World Service Blanket and Tool Sunday. Franklin Federated Church will be taking a special offering to support this amazing mission project that provides blankets and tools across the United States and the world.

From Church World Service:

Help people around the world recover from disasters and get a fresh start.
Someone like Karen, a senior citizen in Michigan whose home was ooded in 2014. Or Nerline, a mother of four in Haiti, who lived in a tent for several years after the 2010 earthquake destroyed her house.
When you partner with us, through the CWS Blankets program, you are helping our neighbors in need recover from disaster, giving them hope and the tools they need for lasting change.
You are providing necessities and cleanup supplies to Karen and others impact- ed by stateside disasters, working with the community to rebuild their lives. You are coming alongside Nerline and others in Haiti, to construct a new home and accompany them on the long road to recovery.
You also make it possible to be prepared for whatever may come in the future so we are ready to act. Join us.

UCC's Trading Places Campaign

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in building a just world for all.
Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts–the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.

We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here

Read more about the UCC's Trading Places campaign here


FFC Supports the FISH of Franklin

FFC presents a check to Barbara Steele, President of FISH

FFC presents a check to Barbara Steele, President of FISH

The Franklin Federated Church’s Missions Team was very excited when the Rummage Sale team, led by Lesa Rogers, decided to support FISH of Franklin, and donate a portion of this year's proceeds to this wonderful local community organization. Many are aware that our own Dottie Goddard began this organization in Franklin over 40 years ago.

Lesa, Dottie, Clare Ames (a member of the Steering Committee) and Deb Stiffler met with Barbara Steele, the President of FISH, and Ann Saunders, a member of the Steering committee on November 14th,  at the church to present a check for $481.90.

FISH has over 50 clients, ranging in age from 18 to 99, all living in Franklin. Over 400 rides were given this year to doctor appointments, locally to Dana Farber in Milford, Milford Hospital, Norwood Hospital, and as far away as Boston. There are over 60 volunteers, drivers and telephone support, who help coordinate drivers and clients.

FFC members Sandy Hunter is a member of the FISH Steering Committee and Marilyn Sutcliffe is a driver.  We are very proud to be associated with this very worthwhile organization and thank the Rummage Sale team for their wonderful donation! 

Read more about our annual rummage sale here



The FFC Annual Christmas Concert

Thanks to all who joined us at our annual Holiday Concert featuring the New England Ringers. We rang in the Advent Season with great music, great support from our community, and plenty of holiday cheer!

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors for making our 2016 Christmas concert a wonderful success!

Platinum Sponsors

Franklin School of Performing Arts
38 Main Street Franklin, MA 02038

Lyn A. Pickhover, Esquire
Post Office Box 291
Mansfield, MA 02048

Marilyn Sutcliffe

The Matlet Group
60 Delta Drive
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Shanna McKelvie

Deborah Bergstrom Professional Billing Services
Four-Bruno Drive
Milford, MA 01757

Silver Sponsors

Annette Thompson

Arthur Home Improvement
Franklin, MA
(508) 528-4424

Ginley Funeral Home
131 Main Street
Franklin, MA 02038

Brass Sponsors

Acorn Animal Hospital
20 Earl’s Way
Franklin, MA 02038


Sunrise Montessori School
30 Hayward Street
Franklin, MA 02038



Christmas Concert with the New England Ringers

Franklin Federated Church is excited to welcome back the New England Ringers on Saturday, November 26. Come join us for a night of Christmas season tunes from this 15-member handbell chorus. 

The music selections this year include the familiar and beloved Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, a rousing version of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, and a haunting rendition of God With Us for All Time, arranged by Betty Garee and featuring the gorgeous sound of our Cathedral Bells. These pieces and many more will delight and inspire concert-goers of all ages.

Tickets are $15 and can be bought at the event or after any church service before the event.

Find out more about the New England Ringers here:

FFC Supports New Hope

Marcia Szymanski speaks to the congregation

On October 16th, Franklin Federated Church was very pleased to present our first check to Marcia Szymanski, President of New Hope, for $10,000 from the church's Restoration Campaign which pledged 10% of the amount received for New Hope. New Hope is a non-profit organization serving domestic and sexual violence survivors.  Missions has been supporting this organization for almost 20 years.  The money is designated for the RESPECT program.  This is a 40-week state-certified educational program for perpetrators of domestic violence.

FFC gets involved with the S.A.F.E. Coalition

On October 16th, Missions Sunday, Franklin Federated Church was very pleased to welcome Jim Derrick, President of the S.A.F.E Coalition.  He, along, with our pastor, Charley Eastman, gave a very informative overview about this organization.  S.A.F.E. Coalition is a group of community partners coming together to provide support, education, and treatment options for those affected by substance abuse disorder.  FFC will be partnering with this coalition in the near future. 

FFC's Annual Rummage Sale

Franklin Federated Church held our annual rummage sale in October. The sale is widely anticipated by the community every year with strong attendance and provides a great boost to the church's fundraising efforts. The rummage sale helps to support the works of the church. We held a collection for toiletry items (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo) that were donated to the Franklin Food Pantry. Shoppers found great deals on books, toys, clothes (adult and children’s), household items, jewelry, electronics, sporting goods, antiques, small furniture items, and holiday décor. The items that weren’t sold were donated to charity.

Hopefully we'll see you next year!