A traditional Anglican Church and a parish of The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, under the oversight of Bishop Ryan Reed, St. Francis' liturgical standard is the 1928 Book of Common Prayer – a document that is orthodox in its expressions of the Christian faith, based on prayers that have been part of catholic worship for 2000 years. MISSION STATEMENT • We are a community of believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ whose mission it is to spread that Gospel in what we preach and in the way we live. • We are called to know the Word of God, to act on it in our lives and to share it with our brothers and sisters in the world. • We are determined to uphold the ancient faith of our ancestors in the Anglican tradition, to offer traditional Christian values based on the Holy Word of God and to be faithful witnesses to the person of Jesus in the Austin Community. • St. Francis parish is dedicated to the presence of Christ in the lives of the poor, the needy, the sick, to each other and to all those to whom Jesus comes to minister in his life on earth. • As a community of believers we intend to entrust our growth in love, in faith and in resources to the generosity of God. UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES • Sunday Worship: For now, Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. A nursery for young children is provided. This service is livestreamed on Facebook and a recording stored on the website. During non-COVID times, we have a service at 11:00 a.m. as well. • Evening Prayer: Thursdays at 7 pm. Service is said with hymns and canticles sung. You can participate in this service on Zoom. PRAYER GROUPS • Healing Prayers: at the Altar rail after the Sunday services. • Mothers' Prayer Group: the 3rd Friday of each month at noon. Join us for a solid hour of extemporaneous prayer following the ACTS model of praying. • Prayer Service for our Nation: Pray for America. You are welcomed to join us on the first Saturday of the month at 9 am, in-person in the Fellowship area or via Zoom. The service will include hymns, prayers – both read and extemporaneous – and Bible readings on the seven centers of prayer: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church, and Family. Everyone is welcome to attend. • St. Francis has an active intercessory prayer group. Each member of our prayer group will include your prayer concerns. Leave a note in the prayer box on the west side of the church. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION • Sunday school classes for children and youth: each Sunday at 9:30 am. The classes will start up on January 11, 2021. • Adult Education class: currently suspended until it is safe to gather together in a non-worship setting. OTHER ACTIVITIES • The prayer shawl ministry provides shawls to people who are in need of comfort and prayer. We welcome anyone who would like to participate either by knitting/crocheting these shawls or by helping with the purchase of yarn and supplies. • Anglicans for Life: Formal meetings are on hold, but we continue prolife activities. • Choir: Typically meets to rehearse on Sundays to sing occasionally during the service . • Vestry: meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 pm. • Games Night: Once the pandemic is over this group meets on the first Friday of each month from 7 - 9 pm. Includes a potluck supper. • Nursing Home Outreach: Once the pandemic is over and it is safe for guests, a group meets at the Retirement and Nursing Center on the 2nd Sunday of each month, for an hour of singing, prayer and Bible readings. • Home Groups: St. Francis has three home groups that meet periodically via Zoom for study, prayer and fellowship. During non-pandemic times, the groups meet in a member's home.. • Mobile Loaves and Fishes: St. Francis contributes financially to MLF as well as volunteers on a Make Ready Team and Food Truck Run once a month with the MLF program out of St. Louis Catholic Church. ANNOUNCEMENTS • A nursery is provided for young children during services. • For more information about our parish, check out our website at: www.stfrancisaustin.com. • Sermon recordings: Normally, every sermon is recorded and posted on our website as an MP3 file. • Service videos: The video of the 9:30 Sunday service is posted to the website shortly after the service concludes. Once the pandemic is over, this may or may not continue. • St. Clare’s Guild is a group of women whose ministry is dedicated to serving our parish family in times of celebration, need, illness or loss. If you should find yourself and/or your family in one of these life situations, please contact Eileen Cole. • If you are not a member of St. Francis Anglican Church but would like to be, simply complete a registration form found on the table at the rear of the church and give it to the Rector. If you wish to become a pledging member, complete a Pledge Card and drop it in the collection plate. It's that easy. • Questions: Email [email protected]
Join us in a warm and friendly setting for true, Christ-centered worship. Sundays at 9:30 a.m. During the school year, Sunday school is held for youth and a nursery is provided during the service.