Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, a theologically progressive and inclusive Christ-centered 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. Francis, an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California, is nestled beneath a breathtaking canopy of oaks in downtown Novato, in Northern Marin County.

Our Sunday morning service draws on the ancient and modern practices of the Episcopal Church.

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.

We look forward to welcoming you in person!


Upcoming Events 

Sunday Coffee Hour

We will be having coffee hour with snacks in Block Hall after the service this Sunday.  Donations to purchase snacks and coffee are also welcome!

Please contact Tony Mei (at SrWarden@stfrancisnovato.org) as soon as possible if you are interested in hosting a coffee hour on October 1st or later.

Diocese of California Announces Preliminary Slate of Finalists for Election of its Ninth Bishop

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of California announces that, after receiving the recommendations of the Bishop Search & Transition Committee, it has approved a preliminary slate for the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of California. 

  • The Reverend Canon Augusta Anne Anderson
  • The Reverend Austin K. Rios
  • The Reverend Phil Brochard    

More information about the finalists is available on the Bishop Search & Transition website, including photographs and video messages. 
Click Here for More Information

The entire Press Release can be found at this link - Click Here for More Information


Feast of St. Francis Outdoor Services in St Clare's - October 8th

There will be outdoor services in St. Clare's Chapel on Sunday October 8th to celebrate the Feast of St Francis.

We will have our traditional blessing of the animals during this special celebration! We plan on having Zoom access for this service.  We look forward to seeing you and your pets!

174th Annual Convention of the Diocese of California

The annual convention will be held on October 27 and 28 at Grace Cathedral. Our Deanery representatives (Harry Lehmann and Tony Mei) and alternate (Robert Tarleton) will be delegates to that convention.  There are 8 proposed resolutions that will be voted upon by the delegates.  Please take the opportunity to review the resolutions (and their hyperlinked descriptions) at the following link:  https://www.diocalconvention.org/2023resolutions/.  Please share your insights on any or all of the resolutions with our delegates.

There will also be a second convention on December 2nd to elect our next Bishop.  Our delegates will share their insights on the prospective candidates as soon as they get that information.


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Covid Precautions

All are encouraged to get the new COVID-19 vaccine that was approved by the FDA and the CDC during the week of September 11th. That vaccine should be available locally by the beginning of October. Per the California State, Marin County, and Diocese of California COVID guidelines,  worship participants may choose to wear masks or not, and likewise observe social distancing as they are comfortable.   We will also observe the following:

  • Church windows and doors shall remain open for ventilation to lower risk. 
  • Pew seating shall continue to adhere to social-distancing guidelines.
  • Parishioners who feel ill are asked to attend services virtually to keep others safe.

Regular Services


  • Sunday Worship
    – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

St. Francis Community Pantry

The St. Francis Community Pantry is currently open 3 days a week for serving patrons and accepting donations. 

  • Wednesdays 2:00 - 4:00

  • Thursdays     1:00 - 3:00

  • Sundays      Noon - 2:00

See St. Francis Community Pantry for more details. 


Novato, California

Expect showery weather late Monday afternoon through Monday evening


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