This group welcomes newcomers to the St. Francis family and provides information on parish life and activities. Occasional newcomer social hours are held after the 9:00 service. Long-time Franciscans are invited to serve as mentors to new families.
Tables for Ten
Adult Franciscans gather in groups of ten to meet and get to know each other over meals in their homes. Signups occur in the fall, and get-togethers take place over the next nine months. New tables may be added during the year to accommodate newcomers. Singles and couples are welcome!
St. Francis @ Starbucks -- Book Club Group
St. Francis @ Starbucks brings Franciscans together at the Great Falls Village Starbucks to discuss selected books in an informal setting. See the Events page under Ongoing Activities for up-to-date information.
The St. Francis Men's Group invites all men of the parish to join them at 7:30 am on Wednesday mornings in Millen Hall to share breakfast, discuss readings, to grow in an understanding of God. Join other Christian men in fellowship. See the Men's Group webpage for more information.
Shrine Mont Retreat
This early June retreat to the diocesan camp of Shrine Mont , in western Virginia , is a time for the entire parish to enjoy two days of fun and fellowship. Our sister parish, St. John 's McLean, joins us at Shrine Mont , and there is friendly competition between the two parishes in a variety of sports. One of the highlights of the weekend is the Saturday night talent show, where talent is optional.
Ministries & Groups
A Place to share your talents and share God's love.
Offering your time and talent at St. Francis not only provides you with the satisfaction of serving your church, it is a wonderful way to experience fellowship and a deeper sense of belonging to our Christian community.
We are blessed to have the enthusiastic participation of many parishioners in the life of our church, and offer a wide variety of opportunities for ministry in our groups and committees. Some of these activities involve only a few hours a month or less. Volunteer ministry opportunities include:
If you have questions about how to get started, please contact a member of our clergy or vestry. We host an annual Ministries Fair in the fall, where you can learn more about all of our activities and how to get involved!
Pastoral Care Ministries
St. Francis has a dedicated prayer group. This group of prayer partners prays for the weekly petitions we have listed in the Sunday bulletin and sometimes beyond that list. Our prayer circle is strictly confidential. A prayer request is never discussed outside the circle. If you'd like to join this group, please contact one of our clergy. Everyone is welcome to participate. Both intercessions and thanksgivings are welcome. Also, if you have a request that you'd prefer not be listed in the Sunday bulletin but you'd like the prayer circle to include in their prayers, please contact the church office.
Stephen Ministers are parishioners with a special gift for listening and companionship, who offer confidential one-on-one ministry to individuals going through a hard time. Extensive training is provided.
This group reaches out to parishioners in time of need by providing meals, transportation, and other help as needed. A database of parishioner skills is maintained.
Parish Life Ministries
Gardening and Landscaping
St. Francis has six acres of beautiful grounds. We enjoy our setting for outdoor services and events, outdoor play and learning, meditation, and just enjoying nature. We welcome assistance with maintaing our gardens and landscape.
This committee is responsible for keeping the kitchen stocked with disposable goods, such as coffee, tea, and condiments (provisions for parish coffee hours and functions). Members are also knowledgeable about the parish tabletop settings, which include china, flatware, stemware, a punch bowl and ladle, and miscellaneous serving items. These settings are available to renters of the Parish Hall for private events.
At certain times during the year our office staff needs extra help. Office volunteers spend a morning in the parish office as needed, answering the phone and door, copying bulletins, and generally assisting the parish administrator.
The Outreach Committee promotes specific outreach projects in our community, our city, and the world. The committee makes grants to worthy projects, facilitates parishioner involvement in hands-on projects, screens requests for help, and mobilizes an appropriate response. Committee meetings are usually held on the third Sunday of the month. Some of the major outreach emphases are:
This group seeks to care for the urgent needs of people in our community, including providing food, clothing, shelter, and assistance on a short-term basis. Ministry partners include SHARE of McLean, Cornerstone, and The Salvation Army Grate Patrol.
Care for Children
This group seeks to care for children and youth in crisis or need. Ministry partners include: Jackson- Feild Homes, Alternative House, and the Boys' Home in Covington, VA. In addition, we provide a scholarship for the Creche preschool, and a Christmas party for children in Transitional Housing.
This group works to give people a leg up in life and help them make important transitions, whether it is in finding jobs, housing, or other supportive services. Ministry partners include: Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, Transitional Housing Corporation, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation, and Northern Virginia Mental Health through the Fairfax County/Falls Church Community Services Board.
This group seeks to embody God's love for people in other places, at home and abroad. This includes the Youth Mission Trip and also helping to facilitate members of St. Francis participating in short-term missions of all sorts.
This group works to support ongoing relationships with people around the world. Ministry partners include: St. Francis Basic School in Juba, South Sudan, Five Talents (micro-lending), the Kenya Education Fund, Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade, and Valle Boneto Orphanage (Honduras).