Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
From The Rector

The Rev.
Tim Backus

The year 2020 marks an important year in the life of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. This diocese was formed out of the dioceses of Alabama and Florida in 1970, marking 2020 as the 50th year anniversary of the formation of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. 

Each month, the diocese has selected a particular focus to not only honor our lives in Christ, but to highlight our diocesan theme: Remember, Reorient, Renew. For the remainder of 2020, the selected, monthly area of focus will be honored in each subsequent edition of the Messenger. If you would like to learn more about the “Year of Jubilee” as well as our diocesan theme, Remember, Reorient, Renew, feel encouraged to visit our diocesan website and explore the materials and resources developed and compiled in the ‘Jubilee Toolkit’ which has been shared with all 63 churches across our diocese. From our diocesan website: “We hope you will use these tools to support collaborative efforts to celebrate in a unified way across our communities.” 

Remember: These months are a time to remember events and decisions that formed our identity as a diocese. 

     January – Welcome to Our Jubilee                   February – Our History 

     March – Storms                                                 April – Our Agencies 

Reorient: These months are a time to explore critical issues affecting our current life as the people of God.

     May – Creation Stewardship                             June – Liturgy & Worship 

     July – Our Selves, Our Souls, Our Bodies       August – Justice & Reconciliation 

Renew: These months are a time to renew our efforts in essential aspects of ministry.

     September – Discipleship & Discernment      October – Evangelism 

     November – Generosity & Giving                   December – Celebrate! 

The theme for February is called Our History. Taking time to remember the beginnings of our diocese provides insights into the innovative work and leadership involved in bringing together two groups of churches located in two different states. Using a historical perspective enables us to identify and consider major events and social changes reciprocally impacting our churches, our diocese and The Episcopal Church across five decades (Central Gulf Coast - Jubilee Toolkit, 2020).