Grow

Christian discipleship is a lifelong journey. St. Francis in the Fields is blessed to be able to provide rigorous, fun, inviting, and biblically grounded formation opportunities for people of all ages. It doesn’t matter if you have been coming to church forever or are just beginning to explore; there are no experts when it comes to your walk of faith, and we take joy in learning and growing alongside one another at every stage of life.

Opportunities to grow

Children's Ministry

Jesus tells us to let little children come to him, and we take that instruction seriously at St. Francis in the Fields! While children are always welcome at our regular church services, we also offer a variety of opportunities for children to connect to their faith in their own way. This includes Sunday School, our Wednesday night Crossroads ministry, and even a cooking club! In addition to the regular offerings listed below, we also have fun family-focused activities throughout the year. For more information about our children’s ministries, please contact our Children’s Minister, Mthr. Jennifer. Please note that all Sunday school teachers and children’s ministry volunteers complete Safe Church training and a background check.

Children’s Sunday School

During the academic year, toddlers through high school-age children meet each Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m. with their peers (by grade level) for a traditional, Bible-based Sunday School program. Classes

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Nursery Care

While children are always welcome in worship, we also offer nursery care for small children who may struggle to make it through a full worship service. Nursery is offered at

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Children’s Chapel

During the 9:00am and 11:15 am service, children are invited to leave the main church after the Gospel reading to enjoy a liturgy designed just for them! After the sermon,

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Crossroads

On Wednesday nights during the academic year, after our optional community dinner, children though sixth grade are invited to Crossroads, a formation program with stories, songs, crafts, and games. Crossroads

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Mother’s Day Out

During the academic year we offer our childcare program, Mother’s Day Out, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am-12:00. We follow the Jefferson County Public Schools calendar for Christmas and

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Vacation Bible School

Each June, St. Francis hosts a five-day Vacation Bible School for children ages four to having completed 5th grade. Activities include games, stories, and crafts, and the theme changes from

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Opportunities to grow

Youth Ministry

Youth are vital to the life of our parish and St. Francis has an outstanding, strong youth ministry program. Our youth take on responsibilities for planning and implementing their own programs and are supported by adults mindful of the spiritual and unique qualities of each young person. In every activity, the goal of our youth is to focus on their mission statement: “To love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind; and to love your neighbor as yourself.” For more information about any of these ministries, please contact Karen Ellestad, our Director of Youth Ministry.

Youth Senate

The Youth Senate includes a representative from each grade, two chairpersons and our two youth ministers. This team helps implement the vision for our youth ministry and ensures that our

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Youth Sunday School

Youth in 6th-12th grade are invited to youth formation hour, beginning at 10:15 am and ending promptly at 11:00 am during the school year. Confirmation Class is offered for students

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Solid Rock

Every Wednesday during the school year, after our optional community dinner, our youth gather in the Vicarage for challenging discussions about how the Bible relates to each young person today

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Sunday Night Live

Sunday night activities throughout the year include game nights, rock climbing, ice skating, hiking, snow skiing, a Polaroid party and weekend retreats. See our events page for upcoming Sunday Night Live

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Youth Missions

The youth of St. Francis serve our larger community through outreach projects and activities. They have helped others by taking mission trips to Mexico, North Carolina and South Dakota to

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Youth Retreats

Retreats are a time to bond with others in the youth group and form lasting, Christ-centered relationships with youth and adults alike. We know that your children will greatly benefit

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Acolytes

Acolyting is an opportunity for youth to become more deeply involved in the Sunday worship experience. If you would like more information, please visit our worship ministry page.

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Opportunities to grow

Adult Formation

Adults of all ages and all walks of life are invited to explore the ways they can learn, explore their faith, and deepen their relationships with God and one another through Christian formation. From small groups, Bible Study, and book clubs to forums with well-known speakers, there is an opportunity for anyone to learn and grow as a disciple of Christ. Audio recordings of our Adult Formation offerings are available on our Sermons and Teaching Podcast. If you have questions about any of our adult formation offerings, please contact Mthr. Barbara White, Associate Rector for Worship, Formation, and Communications.

 

Tuesday Bible Study

For more than 20 years, we have gathered on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 to dive into God’s word and to grow closer to one another through fellowship. Each session includes

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Newcomer’s Class

We hold regular classes for those who are new to St. Francis or to the Episcopal Church to get to know the community, and one another, better. Contact Mthr. Barbara

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Adult Catechumenate

Adults who are ready to make a mature commitment to Christ are encouraged to participate in our Adult Catechumante program, which is offered every spring, prior to Easter to prepare

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Small Groups

St. Francis in the Fields has an active small group ministry. Small groups gather in homes or at the church for members to pray, share Bible study, and to support

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The Daughters of the King

The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of prayer, service, and evangelism.  The daughters have made a commitment

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The Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, founded in 1883 in a Chicago church, is a men’s ministry within the Episcopal/Anglican communion that is dedicated to the advancement of the Gospel of

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Divorce Care Groups

St. Francis regularly offers a Divorce Care support group to help those going through a divorce or separation find hope, help, and healing. This 13-week course features Biblical principles for

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