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St. Francis Episcopal Church offers a warm and engaging spiritual environment for all ages. Our parishioners come from throughout the Washington area, including Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. We are easy to find, and are located just four miles west of the Capital Beltway on Georgetown Pike. We welcome visitors!
Our church offers three services on Sunday mornings, as well as Sunday School, Children's Chapel, Bible Study, and an Adult Forum. We are blessed to support many vibrant ministries, including an excellent preschool, a wonderful music program for children and adults, a strong tradition of community service, and many exciting fellowship events including an annual country fair.
St. Francis is set on six beautiful, wooded acres in the heart of Great Falls, with a memorial garden, a large playground, and an outdoor classroom. This lovely location has been our home since 1965.
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St. Francis Creche is located on six beautiful acres of woods and open spaces at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, VA. The facility and grounds offer a wonderful environment for a preschool. Our goals are to promote spiritual and Christian growth through participation in regular Chapel services. We offer developmentally appropriate educational experiences to facilitate physical, social and cognitive growth. We implement a theme based curriculum using literature, art and music to foster communication, creativity and problem solving skills in developmentally appropriate ways.
Our new Outdoor Classroom is open for play! This is a place where children can explore nature, walk across stumps and build with natural blocks/tree cookies. Studies suggest that direct exposure to nature is essential for a child's healthy physical and emotional development.
Recent parent testimonials included,
Ms. Jane Ruppe
Director, St. Francis Creche
9220 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, VA 22066
Franciscans told us in the parish survey that our music programs are a key strength of our church. This largely is due to the leadership of the program and the commitment and talent of our parishioners. The music program, which has been growing steadily for the past ten years, has two very experienced music directors who lead an adult choir of about 25 Franciscans. In addition to our adult choir, we have two choirs for children: The Joyful Noyz, composed of grade school children, lead the music at the 9:00 AM service and the pre-school Grace Notes choir offers their talent several times a year.
From our youngest and most curious to our oldest and wisest, St. Francis offers a weekday program for preschoolers with its Creche Episcopal Preschool, Sunday morning Christian Education classes for young children and teenagers, Adult Forum discussions, and weekday Centering Prayer and Bible Study groups to expand the spirit and inform and nurture our lives.
We invite our children to join our junior choirs and acolyte staff, believing service and formation starts at Baptism.
Franciscans know the spirit of the living Christ resides within each of us—from the newborn to the very elderly. The roots of our affection for one another have grown deep and been nourished by our fellowship activities. Click here for more information on Parish Life.