Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Events and News


The third annual “Collectibles & More” begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 16 in the St. Francis Parish Hall with the opening Pre-Sale Reception featuring wine, refreshments, background music and time to browse all the items for sale. The Pre-Sale lasts until 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 each or two for $15. Tickets are available in the Atrium after Sunday services or in the Parish Office.

The Pre-Sale provides an opportunity to be among the first to inspect and purchase treasures from the hundreds of collectibles on display. The background music, wine and hors d’oeuvres make for a pleasant, unhurried shopping experience you will enjoy. According to shoppers in 2017 and 2018, the Pre-Sale was the highlight of the “Collectibles & More” experience. They were thrilled to find high quality, reasonably priced Christmas, birthday and friendship gifts for family and friends at the Pre-Sale. 

While buying your Pre-Sale tickets you may also wish to purchase your 50-50 raffle tickets for a drawing to be held at our St. Francis Day Celebration & Bazaar on October 5. The raffle tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5 each or 5 for $20. The winning ticket holder will receive 50% of the pot from the ticket sales over the next three months. The drawing for the winner will be Saturday afternoon, October 5. You need not be present to win. 


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! 


The Circle of Care is being expanded to include individual sessions, free of charge. Anyone who feels they could benefit from a supportive therapist is encouraged to call the office to make an appointment or call St. Francis parishioner Kim Giryluk directly at 856-305-2946. Kim is a clinical social worker and is currently offering counseling at Pathways for Change. If you feel you could use some extra help with emotional support in the areas of family, trauma, grief,
or care giver support please schedule some time to talk
to Kim.

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


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. 
However, during the Summer months, no Adult Education is scheduled. Stay tuned for an exciting Fall schedule.

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)
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.

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 parish supper this month.

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.

Schedule Release: 2019-2020
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 

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