Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Events and News


The Season of Epiphany consists of four to nine weeks, from the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The length of the season varies according to the date of Easter. The gospel stories of this season describe various events that manifest the divinity of Jesus. The coming of the Magi is celebrated on the Epiphany. The Baptism of our Lord is observed on the Sunday after Epiphany. The gospels for the other Sundays of the Epiphany season describe the wedding at Cana, the calling of the disciples, and various miracles and teachings of Jesus. The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is always devoted to the Transfiguration. Jesus' identity as the Son of God is dramatically revealed in the Transfiguration gospel, as well as the gospel of the baptism of Christ. We are called to respond to Christ in faith through the showings of his divinity recorded in the gospels of the Epiphany season. 



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 is no 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. 


2019 Annual Meeting
Vestry Elections

A special welcome to our newly elected 2020 vestry:

Harriet Gossett 

Judy Holmes 

Bette Sprague 

John Youberg 

We are grateful for the strong leadership of the four members who roll off the vestry at the end of this year: 

Leon Mayberry, our senior warden, 

Helen Laucella, our junior warden, 

Nancy Storey and John Petoskey. 

John Boden will serve as our senior warden beginning January 2020. We are very fortunate for John's answer to the call, as we have been with all our wardens over the years. The 2020 vestry will be selecting the junior warden in time. 



The 2020 Annual Convention is at Christ Church, Mobile Alabama and begins early Friday morning on February 7and concludes the afternoon of Saturday, February 8. 

Our elected delegates are

John Boden 

Carol Boden 

Sally Weber ** 

Our alternates are: 

Judy Holmes 

Nancy Storey 

David Stratford 

** Sally Weber is unable to attend Convention. As first alternate, Judy Holmes will take her place.



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. The areas of service in are: 

Eucharistic Ministers: Help serve the wine during Holy Communion. Training is offered for volunteers. 

Lectors/Intercessor: Readers prayerfully read the scripture lessons and prayers of the people at worship. 

Altar Guild: Members of the altar guild set up and clean up Holy Communion for each service among other duties. 

Acolytes: Acolytes assist with lighting the candles, bearing the torches, and assisting the rector during the service with various duties. 

Greeters/Ushers: Greeters welcome everyone as they enter the Atrium, direct visitors to sign the visitors’ book and answer questions they may have. Ushers pass out bulletins, assist people in finding seats, receive the offering, and assist with the flow of Holy Communion. 

Oblationers: Oblationers act as representatives of the congregation by presenting the wine and bread for communion during the service as an offering. 



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 this month.

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,
January 22 at
6 p.m. Tempting menu selections to be announced soon.

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

Tai Chi for Seniors

Tai Chi will not be offered in January but will resume in February 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. All are welcome.

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

January 22, 2020 

Gulf Breeze Annual Update 

Mayor Cherry Fitch

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.

1,000 CARDS PLUS! 

2020 marks the beginning of the 10th year that the St. Francis Card Crafters have been producing over 100 cards each month for Covenant Care hospice patients. The group meets the first Wednesday of the month in the conference room at 10 a.m. to create the cards and enjoy the fellowship of other "members." Anyone is welcome to join the dues or formal application required....just show up. Several of the group make many cards at home and drop them off in the collection bin. If you cannot take part in making the cards, you can contribute old greeting cards that you have received (birthday cards are really needed) which will then be cut up to help make the new ones. Come see us between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month.
Any questions? Call Sara Lee Menzer at 934-7765 


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.