Thursday, September 10, 2015

Franklin Federated Church plans colorful kickoff - Sep 13

Franklin Federated Church is planning to kick off the program year on Sunday, Sept. 13, with a splash of color. As part of the 10 AM worship service, a rainbow flag will be hung outside the front door and dedicated. It will join the new rainbow marker that has been added to the church's front lawn sign.

Franklin Federated Church
Franklin Federated Church

The two rainbows are symbols of the congregation's commitment to welcome all into the life and ministry of the church, as explained in a statement adopted by the congregation in 2013. It reads in part:

"We welcome all those who come to worship God and declare ourselves to be open to all for participation in the full life and ministry of the church regardless of age, ethnicity, faith background, mental abilities, physical abilities, or sexual orientation & gender identity." (read the entire statement at:

The Sept. 13th service is called Reaffirmation Sunday. Fall is a time of reconnecting, so this day is an opportunity for everyone to refresh their spiritual connection and for church members to reaffirm their commitment to the church. The 10 AM service will include Communion (all are invited to partake) and will be followed by a picnic on church grounds.

Reaffirmation Sunday also marks the kickoff of the church's program year, and includes:
An opportunity, prior to worship, for children in preschool through middle school to register for Sunday school, which will begin meeting on Sept. 20.

A chance for people of all ages to sign up for a Connect group. These are groups that meet weekly for 10 weeks around shared interests, such as art, nature, playing Scrabble, watching and discussing movies, and more.

Franklin Federated Church is located at 171 Main Street, across from the corner of the Common. There is a handicapped access ramp leading from the driveway at the left of the church into the Sanctuary. There are large print bulletins, hearing assistance devices and activity bags for children all available for use during the service.

All are welcome. To learn more, visit You can also stop in to Pastor Charley Eastman's office hours at Panera Bakery on Thursday, Sept. 10, between 8:30 and 10:30 AM, or contact the church at (508) 528-3803.

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