Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
Children and Youth 
Birth-Kindergarten meets in the nursery during the church service. “Busy Bags” are in the Narthex each Sunday morning for those children attending church.

The nursery is available for children ages birth to five years during the Sunday service. Please let us know if you can serve in the Nursery or Sunday School.

                Nursery Assistants for September
                  9:45 a.m. until Communion

             September 3         Sarah Backus

             September 10       Dana Miller

             September 17       Lindsey Hutto

             September 24       Alice Davis 

             October 1             Jay Smith


The fourth annual St. Francis Reading Enrichment Camp is now history. A full class of sixteen students and eight teen assistants participated in the five day event (July 24–28). The St. Francis program was developed by Helen Laucella, Karen Owen and Sara Lee Menzer. The theme was “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. The camp’s goal was to instill a love of reading among the students, and that love was evident on all the young faces as they left to begin their new school year. 

Helen expressed the deep appreciation that she and her staff felt for the volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the program’s success.

Well done, St. Francis, well done! 

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 7 in St. Clare’s Garden, Fr Tim Backus will circulate through the crowd and bless each animal individually. The Blessing is open to all parishioners, guests and the public and is free of charge. Pet owners are encouraged to keep their pets on a leash for the safety of all. The blessing of the animals is a tradition at St. Francis which is held on the Saturday closest to the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4), patron saint of animals 
and the ecology. 

The day is more than just the blessing of the animals. It is a celebration of life, family and community. The children have a wonderful time. The Bounce House and ‘face painting’ are among the most popular kid activities. FREE popcorn and snow-cones also draw large crowds. The Fish Fry is always popular with fried fish from local waters as well as gumbo and cheese grits. If you are not a fish eater, there will be plenty of hamburgers, hot dogs along with baked beans, potato chips & more. Children under 10 eat FREE. Adult lunch tickets are a bargain at $5 each.

 Before heading home, check out our book sale as well as a wide array of baked goods and homemade dog treats for sale. Stop by and see our selection of holiday wreaths for your home. They are gorgeous! 

Mark Saturday, October 7 on your calendar now 
and plan to join us!