creche feastThe St. Francis Creche Episcopal Preschool opened in 2001, and the school today enrolls almost 70 children from all faiths in classes offered Monday through Friday. The Creche is built on a strong foundation for learning and character development and promotes spiritual and Christian growth through regular chapel services and daily prayers and songs. See Creche Preschool.

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JaneRuppeCrecheJane – Reston

quote-left-green I joined St. Francis with my family when we moved to Great Falls in 1990. When St. Francis began discussions about beginning a preschool, I volunteered to sit on the committee and share my expertise since I was working at a neighboring preschool at the time. I joined the teaching staff soon after the Creche opened its doors in 2001 and became its Director in November of 2003.

My service at St. Francis Church and the Creche has far exceeded my expectations. I receive so much joy from our Creche students and have built many lasting relationships with Creche teachers and parish clergy over the years. We work together on outreach and social projects, such as donating toys and books at “Breakfast with Santa,” and collecting dollars and change for the Basic School in Sudan and the Heifer International program. Creche families support the Country Fair and our annual Gala by donating auction items and attending both events. The clergy leads Children’s Chapel every Wednesday, contributing to the Creche’s Episcopal identity. quote-right-green


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Riihimaki familyCate and Steve – Vienna

quote-left-green When we joined St. Francis Church almost seven years ago, members welcomed us with open arms. Since then, our children have thoroughly enjoyed the loving care of the nursery staff, participating in the Grace Notes preschool choir, performing in the annual Christmas pageant, and attending other church events.

Our daughter, Lauren, now attends the Creche Preschool, which offers an incredibly rich and positive learning environment. The teachers and rector work so well with the children, offering activities to help them learn about Christ and the church. Lauren often runs to give her teacher a big hug when we see her at the Sunday morning service. We are heartened by and thankful for the sense of belonging that comes with being a member of the Creche and the larger St. Francis community. quote-right-green