Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Events and News


Stewardship calls us to be ever grateful for the gifts that God has given. During this challenging time, the church and various ministries supported through the church remain dependent on our continued financial pledges. 

Monthly pledges and various donations and contributions can be mailed to the church where the mail is collected daily by our Parish Administrator. We remain extremely grateful for your continued support to St. Francis of Assisi during this time. 




If you have tuned in to the live-stream services, you may have noticed our rector awkwardly preaching with one arm! Status update: Recovery from surgery at the end of March on a torn tendon is going well. A full recovery is expected by the end of June/beginning of July. 



The vestry and staff would like to thank Jack Grimley for all he has and continues to do for our congregation during the pandemic. Thanks to Jack's wisdom, tech, and presence, we have been able to effectively live-stream our Sunday worship services. This is all possible thanks to you, Jack! 


We have volunteers sewing and distributing home-made cloth masks to our parishioners. If you sew, and would like to help make masks, please contact Harriet Gossett at (972) 742-1073, or She has a simple pattern that is easy to make. If you need a mask, please contact Harriet or Chris at the parish office, and they will arrange to have one delivered to you. Stay safe! 


Due to our extended need for in-person gatherings to remain suspended for the duration of May, our rector will host a bible study via ZOOM from 2:00 - 3:00pm Wednesday afternoons. The first session will be Wednesday, May 6th. This weekly study of Scripture will focus on the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday.

All are welcome to join. A person can join the ZOOM bible study with either a computer/video connection, or audio with a phone. If you would like to join the session, it is necessary to contact Lita Brown in advance and inform Lita if you will join by video, or audio, and to give Lita your contact information. Lita can be contacted in the following ways:, or 850-982-0826. Thank you Lita for allowing the church to utilize your ZOOM account! For more info about ZOOM, please visit:



With every disaster, there is an opportunity to strengthen our support of one another through our common belief in the power of prayer and in many physical ways that only those of us who have weathered past disasters/ hurricanes can appreciate. Our current disaster is different, but the opportunity to support one another is as critical as we have ever faced. As Ann and I thought of how we might support those who need it most during this time, we remembered reading in a recent Messenger article that there are limited funds in the St. Francis Rector’s Discretionary Fund. 

So here is a suggested opportunity for those of us who wish to do so: 

When the US Government begins sending stimulus checks to citizens, perhaps you might consider sending some or all of the stimulus funds to Chris at the Parish Office, to be placed in the Rector’s Discretionary Fund for distribution as needed. “Under the Canons of General Convention, a Discretionary Fund is to be established as a line item in the Parish budget, and under the Priest’s sole control. Additional gifts may be given to the Priest for the purposes of the Discretionary Fund. All Discretionary funds are subject to annual audit and are the property of the Parish.” 

Ann and I plan on doing just that. The funds in this account are distributed at Father Tim’s discretion. However, if the funds are not required for family or individual support he may (with the Vestry’s input) decide to use them as necessary to support our parish as a whole. This is an opportunity for each of us to prayerfully consider this opportunity, and one that could provide lifesaving benefits for our parishioners and our parish. 

Herb & Ann Woll 



Please go to our page on Facebook and “Like” it.
 Just search for St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, Gulf Breeze. Once you’ve clicked on “Like”, click the down arrow next to “Following” and select “See First”. If you have already liked the page, but are not getting posts very often, this should fix the problem. Thank you to Pat Rooney for pointing this out! 




At St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, our Sunday mornings usually 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
This month's meeting is on March 14 at 9 a.m.
in the Parish Hall. All women are invited: the more the merrier! We will be discussing St. Francis Day and Sock Pops, which the ECW 
women will make to be sold on
St. Francis Day. Light refreshments will be served.

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 lunch item 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


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

Tai Chi for Seniors

Tai Chi is offered free to senior citizens 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 10 a.m. in the Library. See article in this column below.

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.


I have served as your Treasurer since January 2016, and at the end of December 2020, my fifth year, pursuant to the Diocesan Canons, I can no longer serve. 

I am asking if anyone is interested in becoming the new Treasurer for St. Francis. The skills and requirements are simple. You need to be able to communicate and get along with the Vestry. Parish Administrator and Rector. You also need to be able to handle figures (add, subtract, multiply and divide), and have a general knowledge of budgeting. If you decide to accept the position, I will train you and show you the ropes. Should you be interested, please contact me at 850-602-2599
or Fr. Tim at 336-970-3732. 

Leon Mayberry 

St. Francis Treasurer 


St. Francis Parish Supper Programs

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? Please contact the Parish Office.

After more than a decade of maintaining our
St. Francis website pro bono, the current web master would like to turn over the maintenance of the site to someone who will bring their skills and fresh ideas to those pages. 

The site is currently hosted in, and needs an updated template. The site is overdue for a redesign and this would be the perfect opportunity for someone to support their parish by taking on the challenge and coming up with a site that is fresh, relevant and compelling. Monthly updating of the content for the site is pulled from the Messenger newsletter, so much of the task is "cut and paste". The web master would also need to upload photos and graphics to the site through GoDaddy. 

Please contact Chris in the Parish Office if you are interested in bringing your skills and creativity to this important task. 

It’s hard to believe the shift in how we worship and live has changed since our Cursillo Sunday was held on February 23rd. It was a wonderful service with joyful ‘Cursillo’ music and the touching testimony from Cathy Griffing. Cathy shared her moving experience, the history of Cursillo and how that time continues to be a part of her life. It is a 3-day weekend spent with others who want to grow in their relationship with Christ. Imagine spending time, much like we are doing these days, with reduced distractions, the peace of Camp Beckwith and fellowship with other Christians. ( hopefully the social distancing will not apply by the next session) 

You may be spending some time doing some self-reflection or setting goals. We encourage you to consider attending the next Cursillo #168 scheduled for September 10 – 13, 2020. The session scheduled for April 30 – May 3 of course
 has been cancelled. 

If you are interested in Cursillo you may contact Chris Miller in the church office for an application. Check out or contact Barbara MacNeil or Harriet Gossett for more information. 


The UTO Ingathering is postponed indefinitely. 

                                               Thank you, Carol Stark