Welcome To St Francis’ Episcopal Church

We are a thinking, welcoming people worshiping God through a traditional liturgy that connects us back to centuries of Christian practice. Looking forwards and back, St. Francis’ provides the best of both worlds. Everyone is welcome at God’s table: no application form required.

The September PAX is here!

You will find lots more additional information and news from the parish on our monthly newsletter. Click on the link to take a look!

Sunday School and Choir are Back!

Summer is coming to a close, which means the choir and Sunday School have returned. Welcome them both back on September 9th!  We also have a new yoga schedule beginning Saturday, September 8th: Morning Yoga at 9:30am and Gentle Yoga at 10:45am. For more information about the Godly Play program, click here.  For information about the Tween and Teen Youth Group, click here.

Parish Workday on Saturday, September 15th

The Facilities Committee will host a parish workday on the morning of Saturday, September 15 from 9am-12pm. Bring gardening tools, as we will have some exterior projects. Donuts will be provided for the hearty volunteers who come to work.

Parish Retreat Weekend, Combined Service on September 23rd

While many in the parish will be away at the Bishop’s Ranch Retreat the weekend of September 21st-23rd, those who will be here in San Francisco will get to hear from the Rev. John Porter. Father Porter will preach and celebrate on Sunday, September 23rd at a combined service at 10 am. Father Porter joins us from the Church of the Advent of Christ the King in Hayes Valley. Please note that there will only be one service that day at 10 am.

Dia de los Muertos Art Brunch on Saturday, October 6th

Festive Brunch & Sugar Skull Design Workshop
Saturday, October 6th, 10:00am-noon in the St. Francis’ Kitchen
$25, maximum 15 participants
CLAUDIA QUINN presents a morning of specialized art & design in celebration of Dia de los Muertos.  Provided for your artistic expression are custom-formed sugar skulls, decorative accessories, icing, and more, making lasting decorative icons for Dia de los Muertos, Hallowe’en, and even Cinco de Mayo!  We hope to see many of the works created this day on our side Chapel altar on Nov. 1st.  A festive brunch of Huevos Francisco, fruit, cheeses, tres leches torta, and morning Sangria!  Sign up this Sunday at Coffee Hour, or send check payable to St. Francis to the church office (Memo: PWP – Muertos). For more information, contact Melinda Lee (organizer) at (415) 336-0754.  Sorry, no refunds after purchase.This mini-fundraiser is the first in a new series called PARTIES WITH PURPOSE–small gatherings of friends interested in exploring something new together.  All proceeds benefit St. Francis’ operating budget.  Watch for news about our upcoming topics and be sure to sign up early and often!

St. Francis’ Feast and Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 7th

Bring your furry, feathered, and scaly friends for the St. Francis’ Feast and Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 7th at the 8 and 10 am services. Invite friends and neighbors for a frolicking menagerie and lively worship. For your pets’ safety and those of others, please bring your beloved pets properly restrained. 

Stuffed animals are also welcome. 

 Baptism on Sunday, November 4th, The Feast of All Saints’/All Souls’ 

The next Sunday for baptism is Sunday, November 4th. If you would like baptism for yourself or another, please speak with The Rev. Christine Trainor, Interim Rector. 

Climate Change Symposium at Grace Cathedral

The Episcopal Diocese of California, GreenFaith, and Interfaith Power & Light are holding two days of climate action workshops at Grace Cathedral as part of the Global Climate Action Summit that is taking place in San Francisco from September 12th-14th. Leaders and experts representing many faiths will facilitate the workshops and participants will engage with issues of faith, climate change, local and global action, and learn about environmental praxis from a multi-faith perspective. The workshops are open to all.  Learn more at diocal.org.

You can also participate by livestream in the Global Climate Action Summit Multi-Faith Service of Wondering and Commitment on Wednesday, September 12.

Safe Harbor Bingo on Wednesday, September 26th at 7 pm 

Volunteers needed for cash donations, small-denomination gift cards, standard bed pillows, or earbuds. The organizers are also looking for volunteers who would like to help run the event, by calling numbers, handing out prizes, etc. Safe Harbor is located at 295 N. Access Road, South San Francisco. Contact Frances Kriegh at franceskriegh@gmail.com or 714-904-1618 for more information. 

 

 

Please Welcome The Rev. Christine Trainor as our Interim Rector

Christine joins us from the Diocese of California where she has been a resident priest for 18 years and served at Grace Cathedral, St. Mary the Virgin, and St. Luke’s. A graduate of The University of Virginia and Yale Divinity School, Christine has served parishes across the country and in Europe including St. Bartholomew’s Church in midtown Manhattan, Trinity in Santa Barbara, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

A Message from the new Interim Rector:

I am grateful for the warm welcome I am receiving at St. Francis’. Thank you to all of you who have introduced yourselves and helped me to acclimate.

I have spent these first weeks getting to know you—personally and the systems that support a vibrant ministry.

I look forward to walking with you through this time of transition. I anticipate it being a time of creativity and experimentation as well as a reaffirmation of what makes this community distinct and strong.

I am in the office Monday through Thursday and hope you will stop by to say hello!

With abundant blessing,

Christine

 

St. Francis’ Episcopal said goodbye to The Rev. Beth Sherman earlier this summer with a moving Pentecost service, followed by a festive coffee hour. Much fun was had the previous night at the dance party. We have lots of videos from the various festivities available.  Click here to watch.

Photos from the Farewell Activities:

 

La Fiesta Noventa:  Celebrating our 90th Year!

 

Ongoing at St. Francis:

Children and Youth Programs

Our Godly Play group meets at 10 am on Sundays in the courtyard classroom.  For ages K-5th grade, this gathering uses a Montessori-style method to bring the biblical stories to life.  A Tween and Teen Youth Group meets at the same time in the Guild Hall for games, food, and discussions about real-life stuff.  This group will also learn about the Bible and how its principles affect our lives.  More information about these groups can be found here and here .

Nursery care is available during the summer for infants through preschool.

Adult Bible Study

Meets at 9am on Sundays in The Guild Hall.

Yoga with Mara

Morning Yoga at 9:30am and Gentle Yoga at 10:45am.

Food Pantry

A weekly outreach serving local residents.  For more information, look here.  To learn about the many other outreach projects at St. Francis’ Episcopal, look here.

Gift Card Fundraiser

Support St. Francis’ Episcopal and do your shopping at the same time.  Look here.

Amazon Smile Fundraiser

Help support St. Francis while shopping at Amazon through the AmazonSmile program.  You still use your usual password and still get all the benefits of Amazon Prime.  Click here for detailed directions.

Click here  for a slideshow of a year in the life of St. Francis’ Episcopal!

Spiritual but not religious? Come see what you are missing. We look forward to welcoming you!

We choose to follow Jesus and his teachings. We embrace community and action, informed by the life of St. Francis.