St. Francis' Episcopal Church

Come join us this Sunday! All are welcome. Learn more at St. Francis' Episcopal Church located in the Balboa Terrace neighborhood of San Francisco.

Sunday services: 8:00am - Holy Eucharist (no music) 10:00am - Holy Eucharist (with music) All are welcome! Coffee hour follows each service.

Mission: We seek to be a place of welcome and deep community, where spiritual formation is fostered so that we may go forth to serve Christ in the world.

Operating as usual


St Francis’ has received a request from De Montfort House. If you have a bicycle in fairly good working order which you would like to donate, please let us know. Some of the veterans who live there would love to get some exercise during this time of sheltering in place.

For information on how to donate, contact Claudia, the SFE office, or send us a FB message.

(image credit: PickPik)

Support our One Warm Coat Drive! So far, the Girl Scouts of San Francisco have collected 129 coats.

Help us spread some warmth this holiday season and donate your new and gently worn coats for the children, families, veterans, seniors and homeless at St Anthony's. All sizes, colors and sizes of coats are most welcome.

The One Warm Coat non-profit organization started right here in San Francisco by a group of friends, and now has helped facilitate coat drives in all 50 states and 10 countries. Since its beginning 28 years ago, over 6.6 million coats have been collected.

Let's try to top 200 coats this year!

Contact Wendy, the SFE office, or send a direct FB message to us for specifics on safely donating your coats.

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[03/13/20]   By the request of the Diocese of California, all services through March have been canceled. Please contact church office's for further information. If you don't already receive email communication from us, they can sign you up for that.

During Lent we collected different types of supplies each Sunday for the residents of DeMontfort House in San Francisco. In addition to 20 t-shirts, 8 pairs of sweatpants, 24 pairs of flip flops , and 16 pairs of underwear we are giving them $390 in gift cards. The note cards are personal notes written by our youth group to each of the 22 residents there. Learn more about this and other housing services of the Swords to Plowshares at

Today we celebrated a fun annual tradition of creating homemade Valentines cards for veterans and others unable to join us at church. Here’s our Valentines Committee posing with all of cards.

Yesterday we had our annual parish meeting! Parishioners enjoyed a Tex-Mex spread provided by the vestry, and enjoyed an efficient meeting which named new members to the vestry and the announced the members of our Rector Search committee. Thankfully we did not have to resort to the tactic seen here!

The Annual Parish Meeting (Cartoon by the Rev. Jay Sidebotham and the Church Pension Group:

Last night, members of St. Francis' surprised the residents of Safe Harbor shelter in South San Francisco with an evening of BINGO! A few lucky winners received assorted prizes and gift cards made possible thanks to contributions from the generous parishioners of St. Francis'. We hope to return again next month for more fun and games.

We had a splendid 90th anniversary celebration in our La Fiesta Noventa. Many thanks to all who helped make it happen!

Morag Hall is a regular churchgoer-at the 8 o'clock service!

Ed and the Rector went to the Franciscan convent to help Sister Jean make candles for next year's Advent wreath.

We hosted another of Loriel Starr's Sounda Mandalas....a really beautiful healing gathering.

Photos from the Vigil-still a favorite liturgy!

Easter was glorious, with special thanks to our amazing Altar Guild and choir!

The altar of repose for our all night watch, and the church ready for Good Friday.

Seems like a fitting reminder as people think about attending church this week and on Easter. This sign lives on our courtyard, where so many people come and go throughout the week.

We began the process of bagging up the items we collected, over Lent, for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

The rain passed, and we had a beautiful morning for our Palm Sunday procession.

Holy Week and Easter 2018 schedule.pdf

***Holy Week and Easter Schedule***
Wednesday, March 28, 7 PM: “Jerusalem: The Upper Room” by Dorothy Sayers....a read through in the Guild Hall.

March 29, 6 PM: Maundy Thursday liturgy with foot washing and all-night watch at altar of repose.

March 30, Noon & 6 PM: Good Friday liturgies

March 31, 7 PM: Great Vigil (bring bells)

April 1, 8 AM & 10 AM: Easter! Easter Egg Hunt after church (ages 10 and under)

See attached for a printable schedule!

The freshly painted paschal candle was tucked away this morning as the church was made ready for Palm Sunday services tomorrow.

A small but faithful group has gathered on Wed nights for soup, Compline, and book group.

The Altar Guild took Sally Young to dinner on Sunday night, in gratitude for her 50 years of service. Much of that time, she has directed the group. We are grateful!

We assembled Easter baskets for the Bay Area Women's and Children's Center in the Tenderloin. Many thanks to Alice Gates for organizing this every year.

More photos from our Saturday afternoon Lenten workshop.

We had a Lenten activities afternoon, crafting bags, making cards, and creating St. Francis' dog and cat tags to accompany our shipment to Puerto Rico. On Palm Sunday we box up all of the supplies collected during Lent and send them off.

More photos from the McNair Choir gathering.

Stockton's McNair High School Advanced Choir provided an inspiring concert on Sunday night at St. Francis'. This was their third year in a row to visit us, and so many of us look forward to it. The choir is led by Susanna Peeples, who grew up at St. Francis'. What a gift to have them visit us every year!

Sound Mandala April 7.pdf

The Sound Mandala Experience with Loriel Starr returns to St. Francis' on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7 PM. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online at or at the door. Bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillow, a bottle of water, and whatever else you need to make yourself comfortable.

The Sound Mandala Experience is an expression of Loriel’s love of sound meditation as a way to connect with self-attunement, well-being and inner peace. She has studied and worked with sound as a method for healing and self-growth for over 15 years. For more information go to:

We had our annual paschal candle making gathering at Ed and John's this afternoon. 3 candles were made: one for us, one for the Franciscan sisters, and a third in case we messed one of the others up! It has been known to happen!

McNair 20180311.pdf

Join us this Sunday at 6 PM for the return of Stockton's own Ronald E. McNair High School Choir, led by St. Francis' alumna Susanna Peeples. This is a free event, but donations are welcome and all proceeds go to the choir.

The Rector was invited, along with her parrot Tinkerbell, to speak to the Girl Scouts about her love of birds. The girls were way more interested in Tinkerbell!

Burning palms on Sunday and eating pancakes Tuesday night. What fun! And now the marathon of Lent.

Today is Shrove Tuesday which includes not only our Pancake Supper at 6pm tonight, but also the requisite grinding down of the burned palm remnants into ashes for tomorrow's Ash Wednesday services at noon and 6pm.

On Sunday, we burned palms to make ashes, and then retired to the parish hall for Coffee Hour, devotional candle decorating, and a stone painting projects for the smaller children.

Coffee Hour was busy, with Girl Scouts selling cookies as well as helping the rest of us make Valentine cards for veterans at the Veteran's Hospital, our parishioners who cannot make it to church, friends who have moved away from the parish, and anyone else we think would enjoy a card. It is clear that people enjoy doing art projects, particularly when it is for the benefit of others.

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