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. 



As of Sunday, May 31, 2020, St. Francis had their first
in-person service with almost 30 people in attendance since the Covid-19 safety regulations were put in place. We were also able to live stream services in the church thanks to the donation of time and services from St. Francis Parishioner Jay Smith and Jay’s company Data Revolution. What a wonderful gift for us all! A big thank you also to Jack Grimley for his technical and videographer skills. 



Join us Wednesdays at 2 p.m. for our weekly Bible Study. ZOOM 'doors' open at 1:30 p.m. for those who want to socialize and/or work through technical issues to make sure everything is working properly. The readings to be discussed are from the upcoming Sunday's lectionary readings and will be emailed prior to the beginning of each bible study session. 

To join, please click the link below underneath "Join Zoom Meeting" anytime Wednesday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. If you have not used ZOOM before, you will be asked to download the ZOOM application. Please do so and run the application. No preparation is required in advance if you would like to attend. See you on Wednesday! 

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 988 3032 6097 Password: 870335 

(Helpful Hint: make a note of the meeting ID and password before opening Zoom) 



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! 



Hamburger/Tuna Helper 

Ramen Noodles 

Chef Boyardee, i.e., SpaghettiOs, ravioli, 

Canned ham, vegetables and fruit 

Breakfast cereal 

Dry milk packets 

Juice boxes 

Individual snacks, i.e., peanut butter crackers, breakfast bars, cookies, popcorn 

As I read in the newspaper this morning that many of the daily food providers at schools are closing their doors for the summer, I realized our food pantry will be in much greater demand over the next few months. The road to economic recovery for many of the residents of south Santa Rosa County will be an exceptionally long one. We, IM, exist to help in times like this. St. Francis’ support has been very much appreciated. Thank you! 

Feeling so blessed, 

Shelby Smith 


While currently on hold, these are several of our in-person activities we look forward to returning to when the time comes!

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.

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. 


St. Francis’ United Thank Offering Ingathering date will be on Sunday July 19. Since there is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 recovery schedule, all of our parishioners may or may not be able to attend on that date. If you wish, you may deliver, anytime in the coming weeks, your UTO envelopes or boxes to Chris Miller in the parish office or you may mail a check made out to St. Francis of Assisi Church with a notation that it is for UTO. If you need a UTO box or envelope please ask Chris. Thank you for your extreme patience and support of this very worthwhile project. 

                                               Thank you, Carol Stark