St. Francis is a vital and thriving parish in the heart of leafy Willow Glen.
We are an Episcopal Church or as our presiding bishop is fond of saying “We are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus movement”. We have sought to be a Middle Way that bridges many expressions of Christian faith. We descend from the ancient church that traces its lineage back to the time of Jesus and its ways of worshipping rooted in a call and response form of worship often just termed “liturgical” Or as Robin Williams described us: “all of the pageantry, none of the guilt”. At the same time we can be deeply committed to contemporary life and culture without a lot of “thou shalt nots”. We offer refuge from those may have found faith too constraining while providing a home to those who want to experience the life affirming and powerful Good News in Jesus. We are a good home to reconnect with the Christian community.
We seek to “commend the Great Tradition to a new generation”. Families, children and youth are our joy and our Family Ministries Co-ordinator, Leah Tedeschi, leads us in an all ages ministry to our younger folk.
We offer a quiet and peaceful 8:00 am service in our chapel. It is a smaller group who gather after the service for coffee and appreciate an early service without music which is shorter and allows one to enjoy the rest of one’s Sunday.
The 10:15 service offers wonderful music under our music director Michael Burroughs with our choir. We are known as a venue for musical performances by some of the best ensembles in the South Bay, drawn to our warm open space and great acoustics. We also “blend” contemporary worship music to appeal to the breadth of musical expression of worship.