Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Events and News


The annual visitation by the Bishop is one of the most significant events in the life of the parish community. Not only will the Rt. Rev. Russell Kendrick, who oversees about 62 congregations within the diocese, celebrate the Holy Eucharist with us and preach the Word of God, Bishop Kendrick will hold a 9 a.m. class with all members of the congregation and will also meet privately with the vestry and the rector. Please join us in celebrating this special occasion as we proclaim the covenant pronounced at our baptism and hear about the mission of our church communion on the larger diocesan level. 



Mark your calendars! It is time for an all-church clean-up/work day. Everyone is invited and encouraged to help on October 19, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. We will be cleaning the campus from top to bottom. There is much to do and many hands make the work go faster (makes it more fun too!). There will be jobs for all ages and abilities. 






This will be a program you will not want to miss. 

See you there! 


The Silver Tsunami Workshop

Alzheimer ’s Disease and Dementia 

September 21, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

St. James Episcopal Church
860 Section Street Fairhope, AL 36532 

Workshop cost: $15 (includes lunch and materials)
Registration online:

For additional information contact
The Rev. Sara Phillips, Chair
Commission on Affirmative Aging,
Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
Tel: 251-709-7979


The third annual ECW “Collectibles & More” is now history!
We set a new sales record thanks to the efforts of the women
and men of St. Francis. 
Months of marketing on Facebook, Craig’s List,, radio and tens of other resources proved to be the key to success. 

 Many shoppers returned on Saturday; many others took the time to compliment St. Francis parishioners on the merchandise quality; the refreshments; and the very special background music of Jack Grimley.  Sunday, the final day, was also 50% off day. 

A huge thanks to the core ECW members who spent seven months planning, preparing and delivering the 3rd Collectibles & More: Carol Boden, Lita Brown, Beth Cyr, Lucy Daniel, Cathy Griffing, Jennifer Henderson, Judy Holmes, Helen Laucella, Barbara MacNeil, Mary Jo Mann, Gay McDaniel, Sara Lee Menzer, Dini Warnock, Sally Weber and Janet Wood. 

A special thanks to those who helped the ECW during the three day event: John Boden, Leo Cyr, Dan & Nancy Geiger, Suzie Gilchrist, Kim Giryluk, Harriet & Darrell Gossett, John Griffing, Amy & Steve Guidry, Willis Henderson, Finley Holmes, Finley Holmes, Jr., Irene Macy, Leon Mayberry, John McDaniel, Chris Miller, Margaret Murray, Nancy Storey,
Brad & Cathy Wilson and Chip Wood. 


Our St. Francis Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, October 5. The “Blessing of the Animals” will be held in the garden behind the church beginning at 10 a.m. Our traditional “Fish Fry & Bar-B-Que” follows at approximately 11:30 a.m. Hot dogs and hamburgers are also available. Meal tickets are $8 for adults; children eat FREE! Our new open-air concert also begins after the Blessing of the Animals. A number of local bands will share the stage throughout the afternoon. A listing of those bands will appear in our September Messenger. 

St. Francis Day 2019 will offer yet another surprise with its first ever “Arts & Crafts” Bazaar. Over two-thirds of the Bazaar exhibit space is now rented. Fewer than ten booths remain. The cost for a booth is only $25. If you have friends or family who are artists or craft people, please tell them about this exceptional opportunity. Call Beth Cyr at 850-449-1444 if interested.
Booths will soon be gone!

The people who will benefit most from the changes to St. Francis Day are the people who will attend. This will be a true Family Festival. There will be entertainment and activities for the children. The adults will enjoy the food, music and the creative arts that will be on display at the Bazaar. Circle October 5 on your calendar today…you will be glad you did!


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. 


St. Francis Adult Christian Education Class 

Begins: 9:00 a.m., Sunday, September 8 

Sin, guilt, damnation, repentance, penance and salvation, are words seldom used any more. That fact does not mean such do not exist says Barbara Brown Taylor, 

Episcopal priest and author of SPEAKING OF SIN. 

Her book will be the basis for the 9 a.m. adult class on Sundays, beginning September 8. 

The class will be led by Diocesan Deacon Clara Hewis. 

Deacon Hewis encourages everyone attending to read the introduction of Speaking of Sin before the first session. 

The book is being offered at the discounted price of $5. 

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) is back!
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.
The first Fall meeting is on Saturday, Sept. 14.
We will be discussing St. Francis Day, shell cross making, and looking at beautification suggestions for the area around St. Clare's Altar. 

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

This month's parish supper is on Wednesday,
Sept. 25 at
6 p.m.



The port of Pensacola was long the focus of European rivalries in the New World because control of the harbor helped insure dominance of the northern Gulf Coast. Shipwrecks litter the bay and surrounding waterways, many of which have been identified and archaeologically investigated. 

Come hear Dr. Judy Bense talk about the shipwrecks in Pensacola Bay. A catered dinner will be provided at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program. All this provided at a low cost to attendees of only $8. 

Tickets and Dinner Menu selections will be available In the Atrium Sundays, September 8 and 15 or in the Parish Office during the week. 

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.

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? Please contact the Parish Office.


For parishioners who are able, please consider parking on the street during funerals or special events with large attendance. This will free up parking spaces for our visitors and make
St. Francis more “user friendly” to our guests.