Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Events and News


Lessons and Carols 

12/15/19 at 10 a.m. 

Christmas Eve Service 

12/24/19 at 5:45 p.m. 

Please join us Sunday, December 15 at 10 a.m. for our annual Lessons and Carols service. This beautiful service consists of readings, hymns, and anthems to celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

We will also offer special music at the Christmas Eve service. The choir will begin singing at 5:45 p.m. with the service starting at 6 p.m. We will have a guest soloist and flautist joining the choir on several anthems and hymns. Come join us as we sing some of our favorite Christmas carols. 

Thank you for your support of the music ministry at St. Francis. 

With a song in my heart, 

Cathy Griffing 




Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. 

Lesson & Carols 

Wednesday, December 18, 6 p.m. 

Pre-Christmas Potluck Supper & 

Advent Taizé Service 

Tuesday, December 24, 6 p.m. 

Christmas Eve, Holy Eucharist Rite Two 

Wednesday, December 25, 10 a.m. 

Christmas Day, Holy Eucharist Rite Two 


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. 

We are incredibly grateful for all you have done as a member of the vestry and all you do as a member of the congregation. 

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.




In the past, St. Francis has ordered 100 offering boxes numbered 1-100. Each year, less than 1/3 of those boxes are taken and used. Two-thirds of the boxes are thrown away. At an expense of almost $400, it was decided this year to reduce our order to 50 boxes. At this time, only 25 of the 50 boxes have been assigned to a person or family. If you do not see an offering box with your name but wish to receive one, please let Chris Miller in the parish office know, and she will assign a box to you. The boxes will be on a table in the Atrium as soon as they arrive.



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,
December 18 at
6 p.m. This is a Pre-Christmas
Potluck Supper. The church is providing a ham and chicken. Please bring your favorite side dish, salad, rolls or dessert. An Advent Taizé service will follow the dinner.

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 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.



It is time to revive a St. Francis tradition and celebrate Christmas with our parish family on Wednesday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m. The church will provide a ham and chicken and everyone can bring their favorite casserole, salad, dessert or vegetable. After dinner, we will enjoy the Advent Taizé service Cathy Griffing has planned for us. Let us know what you are bringing on the sign-up sheet in the parish hall. Let’s dress up in our favorite Christmas outfits -- ugly sweaters allowed! 

St. Francis Parish Supper Programs

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.