Outreach is a vital and ongoing part of St. Francis.
For many of our activities, the programs come to us and we provide the facilities. For example, the Girl Scouts of America, and many 12 Step recovery programs (see list below) regularly use our meeting rooms and parish hall.
You will also find us beyond our church campus, out in the community, tangibly extending Christ's love by helping those in need. Some of these programs include:
This diocesan outreach center in downtown San Jose is an important part of our community ministry. In addition to the backpacks described above, we meet specific needs throughout the year. For example, we regularly collect food and clothing in our ongoing effort to provide for our neighbors in need. Click here to visit Santa Maria Urban Ministry.
For local students in need, parishioners annually provide backpacks pre-filled with school supplies.
Parishioners contribute funds to help with global disasters. Most recently the fund supported earthquake relief in Nepal. Click here to visit the Episcopal Relief and Development.
Wolf Packs are individual bags of food that can be given out to anyone in need. They are portable and non-perishable so they can be stored in your car. Please contact the office if you would like to take a few bags to distribute to someone in need. Financial donations are always accepted for this ministry, please note Wolf Packs in the memo line.
SSP is a Christian non-profit organization providing life-changing experiences through acts of service repairing homes in rural and urban communities and serving in Central America. St. Francis middle school and high school youth and young adults have the opportunity to experience the profound power of serving people who have a culture and life experience different from their own.
Each year, St. Francis youth are among approximately 1,500 youth and 400 adult volunteers from 125 churches and over 40 paid summer staff living, worshiping and working together on six different site locations in America. Together, their work results in over 100 safer, drier and more comfortable homes and community centers.
Additional projects throughout the year include for example, distribution of glowsticks for children to wear on Halloween night, the St. Francis Food Pantry, and the assembly of Christmas baskets with food and gifts for families identified by the Santa Maria Urban Ministry.
While our efforts may seem numerous, the needs are never ending. Volunteers and donations are always needed.
Please join us in reaching out.
St. Francis Episcopal Church is proud to host a number of 12-step meetings throughout the week. The schedule is as follows:
Sunday 6:00 p.m. - Al-Anon Sunday Serenity - Wickham Room
Sunday 8:00 p.m. - AA Sunday Night Recovery - Wickham Room
Sunday 8:00 p.m. - Overeaters Sunday - Library
Monday 5:00 p.m. - Power Group Recovery - McNaught Hall
Monday 5:45 p.m. - NA Meditation - Wickham Room
Monday 7:30 p.m. - Al-Anon Words to Live By - Wickham Room
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - Power Group Recovery - McNaught Hall
Tuesday 7:30 p.m. - AA Free to be Me (women) - Wickham Room
Wednesday 6:00 p.m. - AA Women's Group (women) - Wickham Room
Wednesday 7:30 p.m. - NA Old School - Basement
Thursday 6:00 p.m. - Alano West Big Book Study - Wickham
Thursday 6:00 p.m. - AA Men's Rule #62 - Basement
Thursday 7:30 p.m. - Al-Anon As We Understand It - Wickham Room
Friday 6:30 p.m. - AA No Bull Big Book - Basement
Friday 6:30 p.m. - Overeaters Friday Library
Friday 8:00 p.m. - AA Men's 4th Step Group - McNaught Hall
Saturday 7:30 a.m. - AA Women's Group - Wickham Room
Saturday 9:45 a.m. - AA Women's Group ACA - Wickham Room
Saturday 6:00 p.m. - AA Women's Newcomers/Oldtimers - Library
Saturday 6:00 p.m. - NA Recovery & Relapse - Wickham Room
More meetings can be found at the official websites of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous in San Jose