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:
10:00am - Worship via Zoom (contact church for link)
All are welcome! Virtual coffee hour follows each service.

Operating as usual


It's not hard to guess that today is Ash Wednesday. Lent has begun.


It IS an impressive birdhouse!

January 28: Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Friar, 1274

A Prayer for the Weary – Episcopal Cafe 01/26/2021

A Prayer for the Weary – Episcopal Cafe

Here's a prayer we can all use during these trying times.

A Prayer for the Weary – Episcopal Cafe Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fosteri...


Attracted by our recent cold weather, we had a Bernie sighting at SFE! Even though the gate is open the building is closed for now. Somebody please tell Bernie to join us on Zoom on Sundays at 10 AM!

Attracted by our recent cold weather, we had a Bernie sighting at SFE! Even though the gate is open the building is closed for now. Somebody please tell Bernie to join us on Zoom on Sundays at 10 AM! 01/22/2021

From Many One From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference “Conversation with others across difference is not just a nice thing to do. It is a spiritual practice of love in action.” - Presiding Bishop Michael Curry “From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference” is a campaign inviting Episcopalians a...


Good news from our friends at ECS!

Thanks to the support of our wonderful community, our Annual Holiday Gift Drive was a huge success. We provided nearly 3,000 gifts with hand-made greeting cards to children, seniors, veterans, and other adults in our programs. Our partners made everyone's holiday season brighter!


Yesterday some of our parishioners participated in the national ceremony of bell ringing to commemorate those who lost their lives to COVID-19. Let us pray for a swift end to this pandemic!


Episcopal Church Memes

This is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

These iconic words were spoken in Grace Cathedral on March 28, 1965, in the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s sermon, but also in the Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Serving as one of the most important documents of the civil rights era, the message rings as true now as it did then. We are able to see the work that needed to be done, and still needs to be done now. The work we do every day is in his memory. Thank you for taking action.

Projected in partnership with AEMarling and curated by M A C C H I A T T O __S F

Photo in Grace Cathedral, 1965 by George Conklin
“Coretta” video by Jamie Emerick

[01/17/21]   "The Presidential Inaugural also inviting communities around the country to join Washington in lighting up buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. [on January 19] in 'a national moment of unity and remembrance.'"


Kind hearts of all ages are invited to make Valentines for patients at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital at Ft. Miley in San Francisco. The Valentine Committee will be distributing packets with blank cards, decorated paper, and glue to make 10 Valentines. You may pick up a packet (or 2!) at a drive-by event on Saturday, January 30th from 1-3 pm, and drop off finished Valentines at a drive-by event on Sunday, February 7th from 1-3 pm. If you are unable to come to a drive-by, we can deliver supplies to you and pick up your finished Valentines.

Please contact Janet, the church office, or the Facebook admin if you want to participate, and indicate how many 10-card packets you would like to receive. If you need to have a packet delivered to you, please let us know. Thank you for your support of this outreach project!

[01/16/21]   Did you know about our YouTube channel? It's the home for our weekday Morning Prayer with Rev. Colby as well as our filmed Eucharists. Subscribe at


Friday Fun!

An Episcopal Grammar Lesson (Meme shared from Anna Marion Howell)


Our regional bishops released the following pastoral letter today.

A pastoral letter from the Episcopal Bishops in California/Una carta de los Obispos Episcopales en California -



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.

[11/11/20]   Tap...tap...hello, is this thing working? Watch your feed for new St. Francis' updates!

[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. 03/26/2018

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.




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