For Our Visitors
St. Francis offers two Sunday services at 8:00 am and 10:00 am. We also host many fellowship, educational, and community events throughout the year. Visitors are always welcome!
Our Services: What to Expect
We cherish the tradition of the Episcopal worship service, and celebrate Eucharist at each service. We worship with the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. All baptized Christians may receive Holy Communion; you do not need to be an Episcopalian. If you are new to the Episcopal Church, you will find our bulletins helpful, suggesting when to kneel, stand, and sit; and providing simple instructions for Communion. Our greeters and ushers can also answer any questions you may have. People of all faiths and backgrounds are comfortable worshipping at St. Francis. Read more about Our Beliefs.
While we embrace tradition, our approach is not overly formal. Many opt to wear their "Sunday best," while others are more comfortable in jeans or informal attire. Our services last close to an hour. We do not ask visitors to introduce themselves during the service. Following the Prayers of the People, we greet one another briefly as we "pass the Peace." After each service, you will find the clergy near the front doors of the church, where you may introduce yourself if you choose. If you would like to join us for the Adult Forum and coffee hour, you will also have an opportunity to meet our clergy and members of St. Francis in our fellowship hall.
Visitor cards are available in the pews. Please feel free to fill out a card, and we will respond according to your wishes - with more information, a phone call, or a clergy visit if you prefer.
There is parking both in front of and behind the church, and we are fully accessible with ramps along the front of the building. Go to Contact Us for directions and a map. If you have a chance, please stroll through our beautiful grounds, which include an allee of dogwoods along the front of our property, a certified wildlife habitat garden, and lovely wooded groves. Behind the church, be sure to visit our playground, outdoor classroom, and memorial garden.
We are blessed to have parishioners of all ages attending our services, including many young families. A Children's Chapel is held in Millen Hall during part of the 10:00 service. If your child is not comfortable leaving you for the brief Children's Chapel service, they are welcome to stay with you or you may accompany them to the chapel service. Please join us with your children at any service.
Nursery care is also available from 9:15 to 11:30 am.
Children are welcome to join Sunday School at any time, or just drop in for a visit! We offer classes for students of ages.
Joining the Episcopal Church
At St. Francis, we have many lifelong members of the Episcopal Church, and others who are new Episcopalians or who joined our church later in life. People from all walks of life and all denominations find a spiritual home here, and we welcome new members. Read more about becoming an Episcopalian and joining St. Francis.
Joining the Episcopal Church
Many in our church have proudly embraced the Episcopal faith their entire lives, and are often part of families that trace their Episcopal heritage for generations. Others come to the Episcopal Church from other denominations. In the most expansive sense you become a member when, as a baptized person, you become part of the worshipping community.
At St. Francis we recognize you as a member of the parish when you regularly attend worship and are known to the treasurer as a contributor of record (ideally making an annual pledge of financial resources). We invite you to transfer your baptismal records to St. Francis so that you can vote at parish meetings. On the occasion of the Bishop's annual visitation, those who have never been confirmed as adults or who, confirmed in another denomination, have never been formally received into the Episcopal Church, are invited to be confirmed or received, and we offer classes in the weeks leading up to the Episcopal visitation to prepare people for this ceremony.
Once we have your confirmation or reception recorded, you are eligible to serve as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, vestry member, or delegate to the Diocesan Council. The number of registered confirmed adults dictates the number of lay delegates we may send to Diocesan Council.
If you would like to learn more about the Episcopal Church, visit Our Beliefs. We also encourage you to explore the St. Francis website, as you will be able to learn more about our style of worship, commitment to faith, and love for one another. Most importantly, visit our worship services and join in our activities, where you can get a true sense of our vibrant parish life.
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