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 Glass, Rector
You are invited to deepen your experience of the mystery of Easter by engaging in our Holy Week services.
Palm Sunday, April 13 at 9 and 11 am
Maundy Thursday, April 17 at 7 pm
Good Friday, April 18 at 12 pm
The Great Vigil of Easter, April 19 at 7:30 pm
Easter Sunday, April 20 at 9 and 11 am with Easter Egg Hunt following each service
Worship with us on Sunday mornings at 9 am and 11 am and first Sundays at 9:30 am!
9:00 am Holy Eucharist with Contemporary Music
While children are welcome at all of our services this casual service was designed to be family-friendly and includes abbreviated readings from scripture, a sermon, prayers of the people and communion. Music is offered by the St. Francis Singers, accompanied by Lee Kohler, our Director for Music Minister on piano with the support of talented musicians who play drum and guitar.
10:00 am Coffee hour and education for all
11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Organ and Choir
Drawing on the rich liturgical and musical traditions of the Episcopal Church this service includes readings from scripture, a sermon, prayers of the people, and a sung Holy Eucharist. Choral anthems are offered by the Chancel Choir, accompanied by Lee Kohler, our Director for Music Ministry, on the organ and piano.
Community Sunday, 9:30 am, the first Sunday of every month
The first Sunday of every month is Community Sunday when all three services worship together at a single service at 9:30 am. Community Sunday is a dynamic gathering of the whole community and blends the best elements of all of our services. After the service join us for a festive coffee hour.