Welcome to Cornerstone Presbyterian

Thank you for visiting our website, and we hope that you will join us Sunday mornings for one of our worship services.

Please look through the website to find out what we believe, what God is calling us to as a church, and practical information about visiting. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions. We’d love to hear from you, and we hope to see you on Sunday.

Office: (615) 618-4707
office@cstonepres.org

Location: 136 Third Avenue, South
                    Franklin, TN 36064

What is the schedule for Sunday morning?

We have two corporate worship services on Sunday morning at 8:00 and 10:45 am. The sermon and the music are identical at both services.  We welcome children of all ages in the worship services. If you so desire, nursery (click here) is available for children under the age of 3.

Sunday school classes for all ages meet from 9:45-10:35 am.

Children’s Classes (click here)

Bucer Group (Youth) (click here)

Adult Sunday School Classes (click here)

 

What should I expect on a Sunday morning?

Don’t be surprised if someone greets you or says hello. The worship service bulletin can be found at either the front or side entrances and contains all of the Scripture readings and the music we sing. Although the worship service is historically rooted, it is presented in a manner accessible to where God has placed us in this time and in this culture. You can expect clear, penetrating, exposition of God’s Word in the sermon, and we celebrate communion every week. By the way, we do not pass an offering plate during the service, but if you’d like to give financially to the ministry of the church, there are boxes available at each entrance.

Adult Sunday School Classes

As part of the ongoing discipling and equipping of the saints for worship and service, we have a regular schedule of classes for adults during the Sunday School hour.

On Being Presbyterian: A Study of the Westminster Confession of Faith in the Chapel

“What is ‘reformed’ theology exactly?” “Presbyterians believe, what?!” If you’ve wondered what exactly Presbyterians believe, or been surprised by what you’ve heard Presbyterian believe, then this class is specifically designed for you! Over the course of the next several Sunday School quarters, Pastor Nate is going to lead a slow tour through the doctrinal standards of our church–The Westminster Confession of Faith. This course will include teaching, discussion, and many practical applications to daily life. Pastor Nate will engage the burning and often difficult questions that you’ve always wanted to ask about God, salvation, and the Christian life. Come ready to learn and engage!

Ephesians with Larry Thompson (Schaeffer 302)

Conducted in a discussion format, small sections of Ephesians are explored each week. This class is oriented toward community building in the truth.

God is a creator and He has gifted His people with the desire to create. Enjoying those things that are beautiful, well-crafted, and artfully formed helps us to understand more of God’s nature and character. In addition, working with the materials that God has made, we can rejoice in the ordering of those resources through the arts—color, movement, sound, time, language.

We place a high priority on the excellent but accessible music that we sing on Sunday mornings keeping beauty and aesthetics as part of our consideration. But we also enjoy exploring other realms of the arts through monthly literature discussions, regular film nights, trips to concerts, encouraging the visual arts, and hosting musical groups or ensembles.

Christianity has a long history of fostering the arts, and we want to more fully understand, embrace, and participate and continue this rich legacy.

 

Despite its medium size, Franklin has a small town feel.  The downtown community of historic sites, businesses, and restaurants enables the building of relationships and the promise of always running into someone you know. This is the context in which God has placed our church—not only as a quaint and homey environment but as a place to serve.

As a Bible-believing church in the heart of the town, we want to make the Word of God visible in every aspect of life. Living out this ministry intersects the downtown community through arts events, ESL classes, and hosting various ministries as well as the natural outgrowth of the church members living out their callings in downtown—whether in meetings at Merridees, fellowshipping at a coffee house or working in office space off of the square.

We desire to be Christ’s light in downtown Franklin as well as good neighbors. Being on mission begins in the immediate context in which God has placed us and then spreads out from there.

When Christ Community Church moved from downtown Franklin to its new facility on Hillsboro Road in the fall of 2001, the church retained the Historic Downtown Chapel with the desire that it could continue to be used for ministry purposes as well as for church planting. This hope was realized in December 2006, when Pastor George Grant along with elders and deacons from Christ Community planted Parish Presbyterian Church using the Chapel as its home.

Over the next four years, Parish grew to the point of needing three morning worship services to accommodate the congregation. One of Parish Presbyterian’s founding principles was the desire to continue to plant daughter churches. In the fall of 2010, Parish purchased property and a permanent home on Clovercroft Road in east Franklin. With that as a catalyst, Pastor Nate Shurden and elders and deacons from Parish remained in downtown Franklin to plant a daughter church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

Cornerstone Presbyterian began meeting on January 16, 2011 as a church plant and received full status as a church in our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America, in November 2011. We are grateful that God has blessed our fellowship with members of all ages—from children to large numbers of young families to grandparents.

The Historic Downtown Chapel was originally built by First Baptist Church in 1849. Although the building was damaged in the Civil War, it was rebuilt, then rebuilt again in 1890 after a fire. The First Baptist congregation moved about two miles away in 1988 and sold a collection of buildings, including the chapel, to Christ Community Church. In March of 2012, Cornerstone bought the Chapel from Christ Community as a permanent home.

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Current Sermon Series

From The Blog

July 24th

by greg

Bulletin and Worship Notes for Sunday, July 27, 2014

As we talk about discipline and the aspects of being a disciple—one who walks in the way of discipline—we seek to follow what Scripture says regarding practicing and studying righteousness. We begin with the Call to Worship from Psalm 111 that speaks of studying the works of the Lord and practicing the fear of the [...]

July 18th

by greg

Bulletin and Worship Notes for Sunday, July 20, 2014

We continue our discussion of the sacraments this week with baptism. As such, we will trace a theme of cleansing, renewal, death to life, and the sign of God’s covenantal mark on His people. Our first hymn, Glory Be to God the Father, speaks of Christ who has “washed us from each spot and stain.” [...]

July 12th

by greg

Worship Notes and Bulletin for Sunday, July 13, 2014

Participating in the Lord’s Supper every week gives us opportunity as a people to be fed by Christ and to anticipate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. These are our themes this morning as we consider the words of Christ from Luke 22. The service begins with the Call to Worship from Psalm 81 and [...]

July 3rd

by greg

Worship Notes and Bulletin for Sunday, July 6, 2014

The call to have a life permeated by prayer is a central role of being the Church and of being her people. Jesus declared that, “My House will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” Our service to Him begins with the Call to Worship from Psalm 66 and the praise, worship and [...]