Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, a theologically progressive and inclusive community of faith.
St. Francis is known for its welcome and hospitality of the young, old, and the young at heart. We are a community of compassion and acceptance with a commitment to exploring and deepening our faith. Inspired by our patron saint, Francis, we have a hunger for justice and peace in the world. St. Clare's, our outdoor chapel, is always open for prayer and meditation.
If you prefer walking meditation our outdoor labyrinth is the place to still your soul. On Sunday mornings we offer a variety of worship services that draw on the ancient and modern practices of the Episcopal Church. We look forward to welcoming you in person.
St. Francis, an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California, is nestled beneath a breathtaking canopy of oaks in downtown Novato on 5th Street just south of Grant Avenue.
Peace be with you! The Rev. Vanessa Stickler Glass, Rector
Celebrate Holy Week and Easter at St. Francis!
Journey with us this Holy Week to sing, pray, hear readings from scripture and experience the practices at the heart of Christianity. We strongly encourage you to prioritize Church attendance during this week - you will be amazed how much richer and more meaningful Easter celebrations will be when you have attended one or more services during the week. St. Francis is a theologically progressive and inclusive community of faith where all are welcome to receive communion.
Palm Sunday, March 29, 9:00 am and 11:00 am, Holy Eucharist
Palm Sunday begins with the blessing of the palms and a procession remembering Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. With the reading of the passion narrative that recalls the death and crucifixion of Jesus the service shifts from triumphant to somber.
Wednesday Night Holy Week Labyrinth Walk, 6:30 pm
Lent and Holy Week invite us to reflect on our inner experience. Walk the labyrinth and reflect on your journey of faith throughout this holy season.
Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7:00 pm, Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar
This service recalls the last meal Jesus had with his disciples and includes prayers, reading from scripture, foot washing, the celebration of Holy Eucharist, and the stripping of the altar. Taize chants allow us to enter into the mystery of Maundy Thursday more deeply.
Good Friday, April 3, 12:00 pm
The service of Good Friday begins at noon and lasts for one hour. It includes readings and hymns, Communion from the Reserve Sacrament, prayers, and the veneration of the Cross.
The Great Vigil of Easter, April 4, 7:00 pm, Holy Eucharist
In this ancient service, the darkness of Good Friday is transformed into the fire of Resurrection, and we proclaim the risen Christ. The service is the climax of the Church year and begins with the kindling of the new fire, darkness and candlelight, along with prayers, music and readings unique to this special night. Please bring a bell to ring at the Easter acclamation and join us for this Eucharistic celebration.
Easter Sunday, April 5, 9:00 am and 11:00 am, Holy Eucharist
Celebrate the Risen Christ! Please bring a flower to the service to add to the Resurrection Cross.
Easter Sunday, Easter Egg Hunt, 10:20 am
Children are invited to hunt for Easter Eggs on the beautiful grounds of St. Francis. Please bring a basket.