Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Events and News


Mark your calendars for our Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday celebration on Tuesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. Wear your best Mardi Gras attire and come to our last big "hurrah" before Lent starts. The theme will be Louisiana-inspired food and drink! Please see the sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall for food and desserts. See you there!
Laissez les bon temps roulez! 

Begin your Journey to the Resurrection with observance of Ash Wednesday on February 26 during one of our three Ash Wednesday Services: 

7 a.m., Noon and 6 p.m. 


March 7, 2020, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm 


It is estimated one out of every six women and one out of every ten men, living past the age of 55 will develop dementia. 

The Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast 
Commission on Affirmative Aging presents 
Develop an understanding of and empathy for
those with dementia 

Become a dementia-friendly congregation
using skills & resources provided 

Plan ministries that include food for 
parishioners with dementia 

Express empathy for those with dementia 
And their caregivers 

Provide ministries designed for caregivers of 
parishioners with dementia 

Identify and evaluate specific ministries for, by, 
and with members of the Silver Tsunami 

Workshop Registration Cost: $15  (includes lunch) 

Online \Email 
(the Rev. Kempson-Thompson, Registrar) 
Phone 831.277.8047 (Text/Voicemail) 

For Additional Information Contact: 
The Rev. Sara Phillips, Chair 
Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast 
Telephone: 251-709-7979 


Beginning Tuesday, February 18, Fr. Tim will have weekly dedicated office hours every Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please call Chris in the parish office if you wish to schedule an appointment during one of these times. Walk-ins also accepted on a first-come basis. 

This does not mean you cannot schedule appointments with Fr. Tim on other days. It means he will always be available at the office during these designated times except in an emergency, out of town or other necessary scheduled events. For appointments outside of these hours, please schedule directly with Fr. Tim. These hours are meant to be a consistent addition to what is already offered. 


If you are interested in being a worship assistant please contact David Stratford or Chris Miller in the Parish Office. 

Each worship service requires the service of many dedicated volunteers and training is offered. The areas of service are: 

Eucharistic MinistersLectors/IntercessorAltar Guild,Acolytes, Greeters/Ushers, and Oblationers.


New 2 You Consignment & More 

A Partner of Interfaith Ministries 
2631 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, 32563   Phone: 850-565-5183 

Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED 


The New 2 You Consignment store is off to a great start! Volunteers are needed for all of the Interfaith Ministries entities – Samaritan Clinic, Thrift Store, New 2 You Consignment; especially those with medical, retail and cashier experience. Any amount of time one can devote will be greatly appreciated. If interested, please contact Lyn Magana at (850-934-1688). Visit our newly designed website to learn more about our organization and how we are filling a need in south Santa Rosa County. 


Powdered Milk, Cereal, Juices, Snacks, Tea, 
Paper Towels, Toilet paper, Laundry soap, 
1# Packages of Ground Beef, Chicken 

Please bring donations to the church. We have a basket for dry foods. Put perishable donations in the refrigerator or freezer and let Chris Miller, in the parish office, know so they can be delivered to Interfaith in a timely manner. 



March 6-8, 2020 
Beckwith Camp & Conference Center 

"Politics and Religion: 
Can Christians Still Render unto Caesar?" 

Presented by The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., 

Virginia Theological Seminary 

This casual weekend will include fellowship, oyster shuckin', worship, spiritual growth, and much more! 

Registration closes February 15, 2020 

Contact Sam Richardson at
for brochure and registration form. 



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
There will be no ECW meeting in February.

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 regular parish suppers until after Lent. The next supper is on April 22. The program is "156 Years on Sprague's Historic Farms" and will be presented by our very own "Flash" Gordon Sprague. See the Lenten Series schedule in this column.

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.


Continuing our annual Lenten supper series, we will begin on the first Wednesday in Lent with our emphasis placed on the topic - "Living as a Christian in the year 2020."
The dates for this Wednesday evening offering begin March 4 and will continue every Wednesday evening through April 1. There will not be a Lenten series during Holy Week before Easter. Our evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a service of evening prayer in the parish hall, a light supper, and program to follow.
Typically we conclude around 7:15 p.m. 

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. 

JUST MERCY by Brian Stevenson is the book our St. Francis readers have chosen to read and discuss on Monday, February 17, at 10 a.m. in the library. 

The author, as well as Bishop Curry, will be visiting our Diocese for the 50th anniversary celebration. Bishop Kendrick has encouraged us to read this wonderful book.
As always, all are welcome!