For Our Visitors
St. Francis offers three Sunday services from September through May (7:45, 9:00, and 11:00), with two services (8:00 and 10:00) during the summer. We also host many fellowship, educational, and community events throughout the year. Visitors are always welcome!
Our Services: What to Expect
We cherish the tradition of the Episcopal worship service, and celebrate Eucharist at each service. We worship with the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. All baptized Christians may receive Holy Communion; you do not need to be an Episcopalian. If you are new to the Episcopal Church, you will find our bulletins helpful, suggesting when to kneel, stand, and sit; and providing simple instructions for Communion. Our greeters and ushers can also answer any questions you may have. People of all faiths and backgrounds are comfortable worshipping at St. Francis. Read more about Our Beliefs.
While we embrace tradition, our approach is not overly formal. Many opt to wear their "Sunday best," while others are more comfortable in jeans or informal attire. Our services last close to an hour. We do not ask visitors to introduce themselves during the service. Following the Prayers of the People, we greet one another briefly as we "pass the Peace." After each service, you will find the clergy near the front doors of the church, where you may introduce yourself if you choose. If you would like to join us for the Adult Forum and coffee hour, you will also have an opportunity to meet our clergy and members of St. Francis in our fellowship hall.
Visitor cards are available in the pews. Please feel free to fill out a card, and we will respond according to your wishes - with more information, a phone call, or a clergy visit if you prefer.
There is parking both in front of and behind the church, and we are fully accessible with ramps along the front of the building. Go to Contact Us for directions and a map. If you have a chance, please stroll through our beautiful grounds, which include an allee of dogwoods along the front of our property, a certified wildlife habitat garden, and lovely wooded groves. Behind the church, be sure to visit our playground, outdoor classroom, and memorial garden.
We are blessed to have parishioners of all ages attending our services, including many young families. Our 9:00 service is the most family-friendly with a Children's Chapel held in Millen Hall during part of the service, and our Grace Notes and Joyful Noyz children's choirs leading our hymns. If your child is not comfortable leaving you for the brief Children's Chapel service, they are welcome to stay with you or you may accompany them to the chapel service.
Nursery care is available during the 9:00 and 11:00 services and the 10:00 Sunday School hour. (Through the summer, nursery care is available during the 9:00 coffee hour and the 10:00 service.)
Children are welcome to join Sunday School at any time, or just drop in for a visit! We offer classes for students of ages three through high school.
Joining the Episcopal Church
At St. Francis, we have many lifelong members of the Episcopal Church, and others who are new Episcopalians or who joined our church later in life. People from all walks of life and all denominations find a spiritual home here, and we welcome new members. Read more about becoming an Episcopalian and joining St. Francis.