Church is a 440-member congregation situated in the small community of
Franktown in the northern part of
County, about one mile west of Route
rural setting, however, belies its considerable vitality as a church,
with strong lay leadership, a highly competent staff, an impressive
facility, excellent financial resources, a committed congregation, and
a long tradition of faithful ministry on the Eastern Shore. Franktown
draws members, not only from the immediate community, but also from a
much wider region of the Eastern Shore, who are willing to drive a
distance to be part of an active church with quality ministries.
Franktown United Methodist Church’s roots go back to 1793 and Floyd’s
Society of the fledgling Methodist Episcopal Church.
1843 the congregation moved to its present location in Franktown. Our
present sanctuary was completed in 1893 and expanded in 1981. A major
addition to the church building was completed in 2001, and a complete
renovation of the old Sunday School wing was finished in 2004.
Currently the church is involved in major site and landscaping
improvements. We are part of the Eastern Shore District of the
Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Franktown offers a wide range of activities for all ages. Among these
Six different adult Sunday School classes
Regular Bible Studies thought the year.
Monthly meetings of United Methodist Women
Younger and older youth Activities for ages 12
through 18 meet on Sunday and Wednesday
Midweek Kids Klub program for elementary age children
Five Sunday School classes for children
Church is blessed to have an unusually large number of talented musicians.
This talent is reflected in our Chancel Choir, one of the premier
church choirs on the
Eastern Shore and beyond. The Franktown Players, an
outstanding theatrical group centered at the church, present a major
musical production each year. A dynamic Praise Band provides
contemporary Christian music at our early service. Recently, our
church organized a concert band that plays at special services. Our
children present an excellent Christmas musical each year.
also an essential part of our communal life. Among the ministries we
participate in are:
Monthly food pantry for the Eastern Shore Food Bank
Multiple projects with the Eastern Shore Hispanic
Habitat for Humanity
Relay for Life.
Support of two orphanages in Russia through the
Children’s Hope Chest
Mission trips to the orphanages in Russia
Youth mission projects and trip to New York City
involvement with the Emmaus movement on the Eastern Shore goes back
almost fifteen years. Over fifty Emmaus Walks—72-hour spiritual
retreats—have been held on the Shore, involving over 150 Franktown
members at one time or another. The Emmaus community on the Shore
offers interdenominational fellowship, regular prayer support, and
spiritual nurture to many of our members.
There is a lot
to celebrate in the ministry at Franktown UMC. We are equally
welcoming to both “born-here’s” and “come-here’s”. In addition, many
reared in other denominations have found a comfortable faith home and
inviting place to serve at Franktown. Please visit and /or contact
the pastor for information on becoming a part of the Franktown family.