Pastoral Opportunities

Pastoral Assistants

Pastoral Assistants is a group of specially trained men and women of this parish who provide support to parishioners and their families, some of whom are shut-ins and some who require long-term care and attention. When we face difficult life transitions, grief over the loss of a loved one, chronic illness or a crisis in the family, Pastoral Assistants are ready to help. Communion for the sick or home-bound (or pastoral visits to the hospital) are available. Periodic workshops and support groups are organized which focus on both temporary and ongoing needs of parishioners of all ages.  To request a pastoral visit or to join this group, contact Norma Young at (301) 767-0645.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands is an “emergency” help ministry that reaches out to the parishioners of St. Francis by providing meals, house-sitting for funerals, and providing transportation to the doctor and other important appointments. Helping Hands lovingly responds to those unexpected needs that occur in all our lives.  If you know someone who needs a visit or would like to become a member, contact Susan Dolan at (240) 472-4379.

Petal Pushers

Petal Pushers is a ministry of parishioners who rearrange and deliver the altar flowers to people who are ill, home-bound, or celebrating a joyful event. This thoughtful sharing of flowers each Sunday brings the recipients something of the peace and blessings that are present at Sunday services. To join the Petal Pushers or suggest a visit to someone in need of flowers, contact Liz Harrison at (301) 424-0229.

Altar Guilds

Altar Guilds are responsible for preparing the sanctuary on Saturday mornings for church services the following day.  To learn more about this important service or to join a team, contact Liz Harrison at (301) 424-0229 or Diane Seward at (301) 704-2518.

Flower Guild  

The Flower Guild is responsible for creating the floral arrangements that grace our worship space.  To learn more or become a member, contact Sue Tendall (301) 294-2646, or Debra Byam (301) 983-1080.

Savvy Seniors

Savvy Seniors is strictly a social group for seniors citizens at church. We provide monthly speakers of interest and sometimes a local side trip. We have lunch, fellowship and interesting talks.  To join this group or find about an upcoming event, contact Lynn Reynolds at (301) 365-0832.


We welcome both boys and girls to become Acolytes at St. Francis.  There is a minimum age requirement, and training is provided.  To learn more, contact either Keith Gardiner at (240) 460-5575 or Libby Rubin at (301) 571-5559.

Loaves and Fishes

Along with many other parishes around the region, St. Francis Church participates in Loaves and Fishes.  Under the leadership of Laurel Bahar, St. Francis volunteers prepare and cook casseroles in months where there is a fifth Sunday.  Volunteers come in on the Saturday before to prepare and bake the food and on the following day, volunteers deliver and serve these meals at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church.  The Loaves and Fishes program at St. Stephen  serves hot meals to homeless and vulnerable residents in the area. “We probably have about 250 people come to each meal,” said Mike Ritonia, the church operations director.  To learn more or participate in this effort, reach out to Laurel Bahar at (301) 318-4260.