Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Events and News


St. Francis Day is still several months in the future (Saturday, October 5) but, in Gulf Breeze/Pensacola, you must begin early if you plan to hold any type of festival in the fall of the year. The competition is fierce. That competition explains why St. Francis’ ECW began work on our family festival last March. The early bird gets the pony rides, clowns, balloon twisters and musical acts which create the type of event local families and their children want to attend. It’s a plan that’s working too! 

We want to be sure that kids of all ages have a good time. The Iron Horse Stables (pony rides); Giggles the Clown (face painting & balloon twisting); the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s K-9 Corps; the Gulf Breeze Police K-9 Unit; and Mary Owen & the Service Dog University are confirmed parts of our program. 

We will have a stage featuring live jazz, blues and rock music acts and educational demonstrations beginning after the traditional Blessing of the Animals (10 a.m.) and continuing into the afternoon. 

Noon will signal the start of our Old-Fashioned Fish Fry and Bar-B-Que. The cost is $8 per adult and kids (10 & under) eat FREE. There will be plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers as well. Sodas and popcorn will be available all day. 

For the first time, St Francis Day will feature the arts & crafts of some of the most talented artists in our area. We have already rented one third of the 34 exhibit spaces in this, our first exposition. Exhibits will be inside and outside throughout the church property. Andrews Institute has already agreed to allow St. Francis Day attendees to park at their facility. 

Attention to our furry friends does not end with the 10 a.m. Blessing of the Animals. Dr. Walter Gandy from Coastal Sunrise Animal Hospital will be present to examine our pets and provide affordable inoculations if needed. The Friends of Escambia County Animal Shelter will also bring some of their candidates for adoption. 

There will be continual updates on St. Francis Day activities in the monthly Messenger and whenever warranted in our Sunday Bulletins. Be sure to circle Saturday, October 5 on your calendar now. 




Applications will be available for completion on June 1. To receive a copy of eligibility and submission requirements, please contact the parish office at 932-2861 or 


Your support for ECW’s Collectibles & More has been an excellent investment in St. Francis. The ECW has taken items we no longer want, need or use and turned our excess “stuff” into real dollars which are invested in our church. In the first two years of Collectibles & More that investment exceeds $20,000. 

We can see the results. We have a newly renovated, more functional church kitchen for receptions and parish functions. The jungle behind the church has been bush-hogged and considerable church property returned to productive use. Before St. Francis Day (October 5), St. Clare’s Garden will be restored. These projects were costly but vital to church maintenance. With your help, the ECW was able to pay the bills for these projects. 

The ECW works hard and asks little in return. Today, however, they ask us to take a few minutes to look around our house, garage and storage unit for housewares, furniture, tools, toys, small appliances, sporting goods or yard equipment that we no longer need. All donations are tax deductible. Bring your items to church soon! Time is getting short. Collectibles & More THREE takes place August 16-18. 

In two short years, customer feedback rates C&M as being among the best rummage sales in the area. C&M is rated superior for quality of goods for sale – presentation – cleanliness – and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. That is quite an accomplishment! 


The June ECW meeting is Saturday the 8 at 9 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Light refreshments will be offered. All ladies are invited. Please come! 



Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16! We are calling on all the women of St. Francis to bring a little something for our brunch on this special Sunday to show our Dad’s how much we love and appreciate all they do for us. 


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.


At St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, our Sunday mornings 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 (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

This month's Parish Supper is on Wednesday, June 26
at 6 p.m. Please see related article below for details.

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 1:30 p.m. in the Library.

Our St Francis readers have selected THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean for our Monday, June 17 meeting. We meet at 11:15 a.m. in the library. The Washington Post said that this book is “A constant pleasure to read…Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book.” Definitely appropriate for our group, especially since it also came very highly recommended by several members. Do not hesitate to call Lita Brown at 850-982-0826 if you have any questions or suggestions. Happy summer reading to all! 

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.

John Appleyard to end Parish Supper Season
June 26 

Pensacola historian and living legend, John Appleyard, will return to St. Francis on June 26 at 6 p.m. to participate in the final Parish Supper of the 2018-19 Season. John last visited St. Francis in November 2018 when he held our audience spellbound with his stories of Tristan de Luna and the first settlement of Pensacola. He never used a single note. The experience was akin to watching how history was once passed from generation to generation through the spoken word. John is a Master storyteller. 

John Appleyard will be 97 years old in November, but he is just as active and sharp as ever. Recently, he has appeared as the color commentator for BLAB-TV broadcasts of Pensacola Blue Wahoo baseball games. John’s topic for our Parish Supper will be the 

“Arrival of Protestant Churches in Pensacola.” 

Nancy’s Haute Cuisine of Pensacola will cater our June supper. Nancy’s has done a fantastic job of providing us delicious, affordable meals this year. They have gone the extra mile to work with us to ensure we have high quality and options every month. 

The menu for June’s supper will be: Fried Chicken (with Au Gratin Potatoes, Parmesan Tomatoes & Sensational Salad) or Shepherd’s Pie (with Parmesan Tomatoes & Sensational Salad) or Vegetarian Lasagna (with Parmesan Tomatoes & Sensational Salad). Dessert will be Red Velvet Cake. Lemonade and tea will be available. You may bring your own wine. 

The cost is $8.00 per person. Tickets will be available from the Church office during the week of June 17th or in the church Atrium before and after services on Sunday, June 16 and 23. 

There will not be a Parish Supper in either July or August. The 2019-2020 Parish Supper schedule begins September 25. The complete list of dates and speakers will appear in the July Messenger. 

Questions? Contact Leo at