Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Events and News


Grab your lawn chairs and blankets as St. Francis’ own Jack Grimley takes the stage with his band, Memory Lane, for Bands on the Beach on July 23. 

Bands on the Beach is a popular outdoor summer concert series on Pensacola Beach organized by the Santa Rosa Island Authority and sponsored by local radio station Cat Country 98.7. Concerts are held under the Gulfside Pavilion every Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. and feature many of popular local bands such as Reunion Band, Not Quite Fab, and the Modern El Dorados. 

Jack’s band, Memory Lane, consists of a 5-piece rhythm section and 3-piece horn section and specializes in the dynamic soul and funk music developed by James Brown and popularized in the late 1960’s and early to mid-1970’s by such iconic acts as Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, and Earth Wind & Fire. Like our beloved St. Francis Adult Choir, Jack and the band have been hard at work for the past several months rehearsing and refining their show to ensure the best possible performance. 

We hope that you are able to come out and show your support for the invaluable exposure opportunity that awaits
Jack and his band. 



Our St. Francis Day Celebration is still three months away but the marketing efforts are already well advanced. The same applies to our music and entertainment program. Thanks to parishioner donations we have sufficient funds to rent a stage and sound system which will be erected on church property for the day. John Griffing has a number of commitments from entertainers and will be announcing the full program soon. 

As you may remember from previous articles, St. Francis Day 2019 will have the first ever “Arts & Crafts” Bazaar as part of our Celebration. The cost for a booth is only $25. Our 13 inside booths have already been rented and a waiting list exists. We also have 21 outside 10’X10’ exhibit booths located at different points around the property. Four of these booths have also been rented. We have 17 booths (all outside) remaining. If you have a friend or family member who is an artist or crafts person, please feel free to tell them about this exceptional opportunity.
Please call Beth Cyr at 850-449-1444 if interested. 


Your support for ECW’s Collectibles & More has been wonderful. Thank you so much for your generosity. Your donations have been many and varied. It looks as if we will have another record Collectibles & More event from August 16-18, 2019. 

A number of parishioners have asked if there are any specific donations needed. Yes, we need more jewelry, both fine and costume. We also need yard tools and flower pots. However, the greatest need is for small appliances such as: hand mixers; toasters; microwaves; slow cookers; coffeemakers; food choppers; and blenders. All donations are tax deductible and the proceeds from are vital to church maintenance projects. 

Tickets for the Pre-Sale Event on August 16 are on sale in the church Atrium every Sunday until Collectibles & More. Tickets are $10 each or two for $15. A number of tickets have already been sold. A Pre-Sale ticket affords the holder an opportunity to be among the first to see and purchase their choices from among the hundreds of collectibles on display. The background music, wine and hors d’oeuvres make for a pleasant, unhurried shopping experience you will enjoy. 

While buying your Pre-Sale tickets you may also wish to purchase your 50-50 raffle tickets for a drawing to be held at our St. Francis Day Celebration & Bazaar on October 5. The raffle tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5 each or 5 for $20. The winning ticket holder will receive 50% of the pot from the ticket sales over the next three months. The drawing for the winner will be Saturday afternoon, October 5. You need not be present to win. 


The Circle of Care is being expanded to include individual sessions, free of charge. Anyone who feels they could benefit from a supportive therapist is encouraged to call the office to make an appointment or call St. Francis parishioner Kim Giryluk directly at 856-305-2946. Kim is a clinical social worker and is currently offering counseling at Pathways for Change. If you feel you could use some extra help with emotional support in the areas of family, trauma, grief,
or care giver support please schedule some time to talk
to Kim.


At St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, our Sunday mornings begin at 9:00 a.m. with Adult Christian Education in the Conference Room. 

Nursery and Children's Christian Education (K-5)
is available at 9:45 a.m.
 The children follow a junior acolyte from the service on Sunday before the Sequence Hymn and return before Communion.

Worship is at 10 a.m
We utilize both Rite One and Rite Two Holy Eucharist, with organ and choir. Refreshments and conversation take place after the service in the Parish Hall.

The service of the Holy Eucharist is celebrated two times every week – Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at noon. The Wednesday Eucharist is a wonderful, intimate opportunity to refill our spiritual cup in worship with one another for our Lord. 


Tuesday Women's Bible Study
All women are encouraged to come Tuesday
mornings at 9:45 a.m. in the Conference Room. 

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
The ECW's Monthly Business Meeting is on the
second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m.
in the Parish Hall. All St. Francis women are welcome.

Women of St. Francis (WOSF) Luncheon
Takes place the second Tuesday of each month
at 11:30 a.m. All ladies are invited.
Please bring a little something to share.

Hospice Card Crafters

Meet the first Wednesday of each month at
10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room.
No experience needed.

Monthly Parish Supper

There will be no parish supper this month.

Adult Choir Rehearsal
Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Choir Loft.

Tai Chi for Seniors

Free Tai Chi classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays 

in the Atrium from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Senior Moment Café
Fridays in the Great Room from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

First Fridays with the Father
Meets 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Great Room
(in conjunction with Senior Moment Café)

St. Francis Readers
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month
at 11:15 p.m. in the Library.

Our St Francis readers have selected LILAC GIRLS, A NOVEL by Martha Hall Kelly for our July 15th meeting. We meet at 11:15 a.m. in the library. 

Prayer Shawl Guild
Meets at 1:30 in the Great Room.


 To find out about AA and other groups,
please call the Parish Office at
850-932-2861 weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Schedule Release: 2019-2020
St. Francis Parish Supper Programs

September 25, 2019 

Shipwrecks of Pensacola 

Dr. Judith A. Bense, Professor of Anthropology,
Past UWF President 

October 23, 2019 

St. Francis Choir Annual Gospel Music Concert 

November 27, 2019 

The Future of Health Care
Dr. Cynde Gamache,

System Chief Nursing Officer and V.P. Ancillary & Patient Care Services, Baptist Health Care 

January 22, 2020 

Gulf Breeze Annual Update 

Mayor Cherry Fitch & City Manager Samantha Abell 

April 22, 2020 

“The Role of the Dairy Industry in the U.S. Economy” 

Dr. Flash Gordon 

May 27, 2020 

Security in Gulf Breeze 

Chief of Police Rick Hawthorne, 

Gulf Breeze Police Department 

June 24, 2020 


Beth Cyr & Cathy Griffing 

Questions? Contact Leo at 



Over time, our Rector has been considering how we offer our prayers of the people aloud on Sunday mornings as well as how we handle various upcoming announcements. Beginning July 7, we are adding an insert to the Sunday bulletin which will include the prayers of the people and the announcements. We strongly encourage everyone to take the insert home so you can pray for each other on a daily basis and have a reminder of upcoming events close at hand. For comments, questions or concerns,
please contact Fr. Tim.