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
Worship with us on Sunday mornings at 8, 9 or 10:30 am and first Sundays at 9:30 am!
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
At this more meditative early service, the community celebrates communion and prays to God using the poetic language from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. If you enjoy a quiet service and the solace of centuries-old English found in Rite I, or you simply want time early on Sundays to gather in community and pray before you enjoy the rest of your weekend, this service is a great place to start.
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.
10:30 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.