Welcome to St. Francis Church
Even through these months of pandemic, quarantine, and social distance, St. Francis stands strong together to meet the needs of our community. We implemented live-stream worship within 36 hours of being closed for in-person worship, and have offered daily worship ever since. In addition, our classes and activities continue (mostly virtual), and we have had several outdoor and socially distant gatherings for folks of all ages. Times like these highlight the special connection of our church family as we come together to support and help those in our midst who are struggling or lonely. We continue to offer in-person (registration required), live stream and drive-in services, as well as classes, luncheons, gatherings, service projects, prayer meetings, and more as we support our parishioners and our community during this unprecedented time.
We’re an active and growing congregation in the heart of Potomac Village. Whether you are just curious or are searching for a place to worship and belong, we are delighted you have found us. Saint Francis is a warm and caring community of families and singles, young and old. We have members from all backgrounds and religious traditions. We’re growing in faith and love as we follow Jesus Christ together. Our church family is connected and supportive, and many of us enjoy deep, long term friendships. We think you’ll find that our church is easy to visit – Expect several of us to introduce ourselves and offer our assistance. We are welcoming but not pushy, and we do our best to make visitors feel at home here. Please ask us any questions you have – we’re here to help, and we strive to offer you the same welcome and friendship that were extended to us when we first came to Saint Francis.
Father Mark Michael and the people of St. Francis
We are glad you are here!
We welcome everyone to worship with us. Whether you are an Episcopalian, come from another religious background, are new to Christianity or have not participated in corporate worship before, we offer you a warm welcome. We offer services throughout the week and our vibrant Sunday School program and engaging Adult Education program both present a variety of topics and formats. As a church family, we are known for supporting those in need within our parish, in our community, and around the world. We are a community of caring people who walk together in love to do God’s work.
We have services throughout the week to meet the schedules of today’s busy families:
**DURING THE COVID-19 SHUT DOWN, WE ARE LIVE STREAMING DAILY SERVICES AT 9AM AND 5PM ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZPlBp8eEW4h5WRvnglvJzQ). In-person worship (registration required) is offered as well, with masks, limited space, social distance, and other protections.**
Saturdays at 5pm: Come as you are for an interactive and casual service. This Saturday service is great for families with Sunday sports and for those who prefer not to get up and out on Sunday mornings.
Sundays at 8am & 9:15am: Our Sunday services are Anglican services using traditional liturgies and lots of music, and we provide a bulletin to help you follow along. The hymns are found in the blue Hymnal in each pew. On the third Sunday of the month, we celebrate Morning Prayer (a traditional service with chanting and a litany of prayers). Please join us after the 9:15 service (10am summer service) for drinks, snacks and fellowship in St. Francis Hall. During the school year, this will be followed by Sunday School and Adult Forums. Please note: We LOVE baby & children sounds (happy or not), even during our worship services! School age children are invited to go out for a children’s time with the Sunday School director during part of the service. This allows them some freedom to move, but gets them back to their families in time for communion. Children may also stay with their parents for the entire service. If you prefer, we have a nursery just across from the church office in the other building next to the church. Follow the covered walkway and then go UP the stairs. The nursery will be on your left.
Weekday Morning Prayer: Our Morning Prayer services are offered at 7:30am Monday -Thursday. This brief service is a great way to center yourself for the day. Part of the Daily Office, it is based on the the monastic tradition and includes psalms, Scripture, and prayers. There is time for private intercessions offered either silently or aloud as well as silent reflection.
Weekday Holy Eucharist: On Tuesdays, we have a Holy Eucharist service at 10am. This is followed by Bible Study.
Weekday Evening Prayer: Our quiet Evening Prayer services are at 5:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Our fellowship and outreach programs are fun and worthwhile, and they help bring our parishioners together as a family. We invite you to come see what is so special about the St. Francis family, and to join us as we Love God and Love Our Neighbors.