St. Francis is a friendly, open, faithful Episcopal parish committed to serving the people of our church and our community. We love Jesus, we love each other, and we try hard to follow the teachings of our namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, who gave up family riches to engage with the world as a servant. We don't believe there are many absolutes in the church, and there is really no barrier to being a member here or in the Episcopal Church generally, except a desire to worship God and serve Christ in others.
We worship in a "liturgical" style, using the 1979 Book of Common Prayer which, according to the National Church, "is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer." You can find an online version of the 1979 BCP here.
We have four types of ministers -- laity (the largest), deacons, priests, and bishops. All are expected to participate fully in the call to pray, worship, and serve. Weekly worship contains hymnody/music, reading of scripture, sermon, prayers, blessings, and communion. We recognize and celebrate seven sacraments -- baptism, holy communion, confirmation, marriage, ministry to the sick, reconciliation, and ordination.
Episcopal churches typically welcome people from all walks of life, and our parish is no different. We have diversity in our thought and in our people, so no one should feel less than what they are -- fully human and beloved in the eyes of God and of the church.