Mission

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace." 1 Peter 4:10


First Presbyterian Church, Franklin, boldly lives out its mission of witnessing actively to God’s saving love revealed in Jesus Christ by reaching out to serve others in our community, our nation and our world.


The Mission Committee strives to answer the call to mission. Your participation is needed, valued and welcomed!


The following are Missions FPC helps support financially & hands on.

For information or questions about below listed missions: mission@fpcfranklin.org.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing approximately 40 percent of the blood supply During 2016, FPC partnered with the American Red Cross and hosted two blood drives. Fifty-two (52) pints of blood were collected during these two blood drives, helping over 150 people. The congregational support is growing and is vital to the success of these three drives.

Better Decisions

Women helping women make better decisions

Better Decisions brings together women from varied backgrounds and gives them a unique opportunity to learn from each other. They have trained more than 1200 volunteers who have taught and mentored over 1500 women incarcerated in Nashville at the TN Prison for Women. Four members of FPC have now undergone this training and continue to mentor once a week for 9 consecutive weeks in both or one of the two sessions Better Decisions organizes yearly.

Bridges of Williamson County

Bridges Domestic Violence Center serves women, men, and their children affected by domestic violence, ensuring a safe transition to successful independent living through education, intervention, and case management. FPC collects food/toiletry items for the residents in our Basic Essentials Cart for regular delivery. For many years FPC's "Bible Class" has collected funds towards providing gift cards for those living at Bridges during the Christmas Season.

BrightStone

A comprehensive work, social support, and future residential community for adults with special needs, helping them develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We work with them during 2NDSAT at their beautiful new property on Columbia Pike each March. We always look forward to seeing BrightStone Pottery, Foods & Cards in Wilson Hall. Many of our members go out to the new property on smaller workdays together, pulling fencing, electrical work, plowing a garden. It has become a favorite place to be for FPC.  

GraceWorks Ministries

GraceWorks is a Williamson County nonprofit organization that supports Williamson County families in crisis. Many church members volunteer their time both in Franklin and Fairview on a weekly basis as well as for special projects. FPC collects food/toiletry items them in our Basic Essentials Cart with regular delivery. Our “Share the Table” program operates from Fathers Day though Labor Day. Members bring fresh produce from their gardens, home baked or canned goods as well as plants and seedlings, the idea being to take what you want each Sunday and leave a donation in the basket, this money sent on to GraceWorks. Each year, the 6th grade Confirmation Class staffs one night of the GraceWorks Manger program, along with their Covenant Partners and other members of the church. The Manger Tree is part of FPC’s Christmas tradition. The tree is set up in Wilson Hall and covered with angel tags. Each angel tag includes a gift to be purchased on the front and the directions on the back or you can simply purchase gifts and bring to church. The gifts are delivered to The Manger, who distributed over 10,000 gifts into a store like operation for Christmas shopping. Christine Grisham led this effort and gathered truckloads of items this year and also used the yearly donated money to shop for FPC members, adding more gifts for the Manger. In 2016 we launched a “Christmas In July” collection that garnered 40 gifts that were sent to GraceWorks who stores the items until needed.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses are then sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses.


FPC has contributed funds and helped to build several of the homes in Williamson County. We enjoy a long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Recently, FPC members joined a Publix team to build this home during our May 2NDSat. Jared and Janelle Brinker represented us at a joyful Celebration with the Homeowners.


A Interfaith Habitat Build is scheduled for September 17 & 18 build in Antioch, on the home of Mohammed Abbas and Shelan Sinjo, both Ethnic Kurds from Iraq. The are the proud parents of young twins, a son and a daughter. We join with The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Sholom (Nashville), and the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. In addition, we have planned community building events for the three congregations. We will begin with a Shabbat Services and Reception at Congregation Ohabai Sholom of Nashville We are invited to share in the Shabbat Service and the Reception afterwards. We will round out these events on Sunday, September 25 at FPC with shared Worship Services & Celebration Luncheon.

Hard Bargain Association

A non-profit organization addressing the issue of affordable housing in Franklin by preserving Hard Bargain, a historic African American neighborhood founded over 130 years ago. The association builds affordable new homes for low to moderate income families and rehabs existing homes of elderly and low income residents with the help of donated services and materials, volunteer labor, and financial contributions. First Presbyterian Church members are active in HBA by serving on the board of directors and teaching computer classes in the community center located in the neighborhood. 

Insight Counseling Centers of Tennessee

  • Provide excellent professionally licensed psychotherapy to any individual, couple or family in our community
  • Offer help and healing from a heart of compassion and personal faith that accepts and respects the beliefs of every individual with whom we work
  • Raise and provide financial support to help those who cannot otherwise afford care. 

Kairos Prison Ministry

Sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with incarcerated men, women, youth and their families, toward becoming productive citizens of their communities. FPC has two men who actively work with this organization.

Living Waters for the World

Living Waters for the World is the global mission resource of the Synod of Living Waters (Presbyterian Church USA). By training and equipping mission teams to share the gift of clean, sustainable water, we develop leaders, and strive for excellence, ecumenism and inclusiveness. We have installed systems in Guatemala and Haiti to date.


If you are interested in exploring the needs of H20~ we would like to hear from you, we would like to send FPC members to train at Living Waters U, reading ourselves to lead and work in water installation.

Martha O'Bryan Center

This has been a ministry of Middle Tennessee Presbytery of the PCUSA since 1894. It is located in the heart of the James A. Cayce Homes in East Nashville. The Center operates as a Christian outreach ministry, supporting and empowering individuals and families in need living in East Nashville and the surrounding communities, helping them attain greater levels of well being and self-reliance, supporting them to overcome obstacles that prevent them from living healthy, full lives. The center provides numerous services including adult, preschool, and after school education, transportation, parenting education, and the largest food pantry in Nashville. Our committee supports Martha O’Bryan by donating funds from our budget and yearly at our June 2NDSAT event in supporting the Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization providing home-delivered nutritious meals to shut-ins. FPC prepares and delivers meals for more than 100 elderly and disabled residents in Williamson County on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the first week of each month. Each month FPC Franklin members and friends arrive at the First Methodist Franklin kitchen to prepare, package and deliver meals. These meals go out to approximately 130 of our neighbors in the Franklin area who benefit from a hot nutritious meal. The drivers arrive and pick-up these meals around 10:45 a.m. and are back within the hour. The current drivers are an eclectic group of volunteers - young moms with or without their children, folks on their lunch break, married couples, retired folks, and friends from other churches. You don’t have to “fit” any particular criteria…. just give one hour of time once a month!

Monroe Harding Children's Home

A ministry of Middle Tennessee Presbytery of the PCUSA, this children’s home has served in Nashville since 1893. They provide the basics: food, clothing and shelter. But young people, especially those in state custody or foster care, need more than that. So Monroe Harding serves every need. They provide foster homes, group living, mentoring, relationship-building skills, safety and structure, encouragement, spiritual formation, life skills training, education, job placement, and more. This gives every young person the opportunity to live a whole, happy and independent life.

My Friend's House

They work on behalf of at-risk youth since 1982. It is a nonprofit community-based organization that seeks to meet the service/support needs of the youth of Williamson County communities and referrals from Middle Tennessee. Their focus is helping youth change negative behaviors, learn to make good choices and provide opportunities to grow and develop into responsible young adults. Their Evening Diversion Program serve youth in DCS custody in need of a stable/supportive short-term home-like environment as well as private family referrals in need of respite, community-based A&D education and family assistance. Our congregation often provides extra food or special meals to the boys as well as collecting and sharing items from our Basic Essentials Cart.

OneGenAway

Dedicated to eliminating racism, denominationalism, and poverty in America, believing that we are one generation away from such. They put food into the hands of those who are hungry. We are collaborated with them for August 2ND Saturday in a Food Distrubution at Franklin Estates and will again work with them for the December 2nd Saturday at their warehouse in the Factory, sorting canned goods and creating emergency baskets.

Room in the Inn

Room In The Inn provides food and shelter for up to 225 people each night in over 150 area congregations from November 1st to March 31st.


Our congregation welcomes fourteen guests each Wednesday from November through March. We share dinner, and each week two “Inn Keepers”, FPC Volunteers spend the night. On Thursday morning we serve breakfast and give them a sack lunch to take along. We offer each guest a hot shower, warm coats and jackets, personal items, backpacks, and fellowship. Thanks to our youth group, Sunday school classes, small groups, Stephen Ministry, confirmation program and to our congregation at large, we are able to open our doors in welcome. 2nd Saturday October is focused on RITI and The Campus for Human Development as we ready ourselves yearly for the upcoming Season.


The Society of St. Andrew salvages fresh, nutritious produce from American farms – produce that otherwise would be left to rot, and delivers it to agencies across the nation that serve the hungry. SOSA educates about hunger and poverty to people from all denominations and organizations that partner with them financially, and through gleaning fields and getting food to those who need it. SOSA has become a 2NDSAT favorite, with potato and green bean drops, and we hope to find gleaning opportunities in the future.

Society of St. Andrew

SOSA operates with the belief that if the people who make up the church truly follow Jesus’ example, no one in America would ever experience hunger. They educate about hunger and poverty to people from all denominations and organizations., who partner with them financially, through gleaning fields and getting food to those who need it. We launched our 2nd Saturday work days with SOSA in February with a sweet potato Drop and partnered again for the July 2nd Saturday sorting Green Beans. We have reserved some spaces at the Scottsboro Alabama Harvest of Hope Multi Generational Retreat Weekend November 11-13, and have plans in the works for future collaborations.

UKirk Nashville

A Christian community dedicated to experiencing Christ on campus through worship, mission, and fellowship. They have a long history of doing this at Vanderbilt University as the Presbyterian Student Fellowship, and now have expanded to Belmont University. FPC members took dinner to share with the students in the spring and joined them in worship afterwards. We continue to encourage different groups from FPC to connect with UKirk and carry a meal for around thirty, joining these youth and their leaders for this time together at the beautiful St. Augustine’s Chapel on the Vanderbilt campus.