Worship is the heart of all we do here, and we seek to proclaim joyfully and reverently the Good News each week, and to offer up the important moments in our life to God with praise.
The Lord's Day
We gather every Sunday to hear God's Word, proclaim Christ’s resurrection, and share the Lord’s Supper.
Children are always welcome in our services, but we also offer child care at the 10:00 am. At St. Francis in the Fields we have four opportunities for Sunday Worship:
8:00 am Holy Communion is a simple service without music in traditional English held in our intimate Chapel.
10:00 am Holy Communion with choir is a service with singing in contemporary English. During this service, any interested children are invited to Children’s Chapel for a child-friendly service, and then to rejoin their families for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
5:00 pm The Table is a casual service with a variety of different musical styles and Holy Communion held in our intimate Chapel.
8:00 a.m. Holy Communion is a simple service without music in traditional English held in our intimate Chapel.
9:00 a.m. Holy Communion with choir is a service with singing in contemporary English. During this service, any interested children are invited to Children’s Chapel for a child-friendly service, and then to rejoin their families for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
10:15 a.m. Sunday School offered for all ages. For more information, see our formation offerings.
11:15 a.m. Holy Communion is a service with music and choir in traditional English. Child care is available.
5:00 p.m. The Table is a casual service with a variety of different musical styles and Holy Communion.
What to Expect
New to St. Francis in the Fields? We would like to extend a warm welcome – we are so glad you are here. If it is your first time here, or you are new to the Episcopal Church, the following may help you feel more comfortable. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us!
We offer four services on Sundays. All of our Sunday services include the celebration of Holy Communion.
8:00 am: Holy Communion, no music: This simple service uses our most traditional prayers, including elegant language like “thee” and “thou.” It is a quiet, contemplative service with a sermon and Communion. This service usually lasts about 45 minutes.
9:00 am: Holy Communion with choir, singing, and Children’s Chapel (Nursery care available) The 9:00am service is still traditional, but uses modern language like “you” and “your.” Our St. Francis choir helps lead the service, and congregational singing is encouraged. Before the sermon, children are invited to follow one of our Children’s Ministers to the Davenport Chapel (to the left of the altar) for a children’s service. They then return to their families for communion. This service is also livestreamed. This service usually lasts about one hour.
10:15 am: Sunday School for all ages. Sunday school begins at 10:15 and ends promptly at 11:00. For more information, see our formation page.
11:15 am: Holy Communion with choir, singing, and Children’s Chapel (Nursery care available). This spectacular service includes traditional prayers with elegant language, music from our choir with congregational singing, and a sermon. This service usually lasts about an hour and 15 minutes.
5:00 pm: The Table, a causal service of Holy Communion, held in Graves Hall. The Table is a simple liturgy using modern language, a variety of music, and a more casual atmosphere. Weather permitting, this service gathers outdoors on the lawn to the right of the church building. When it is too hot or too cold, we meet in Graves Hall. This service usually lasts about 45 minutes.
- You are welcome to park at any open parking spot. Handicapped parking is available near the front of the church.
- When you enter through the front doors, please feel free to check in at our welcome table in the Narthex (the room you enter) for a name tag, directions, or any information you may need.
- Head straight through the Narthex to the large doors at the back of the room to enter the worship space.
- An usher will give you a leaflet with the prayers and readings for the day. The songs are sung from the hymnals in each pew, and hymn numbers are marked in your leaflet and on the boards at the front of the worship space.
- Restrooms are available in the hallway to the left of the main entrance to the worship space.
- Children are always welcome in worship, but we do have Nursery care available at the 9:00 am and 11:15 am services.
- If you’d like to take your child to Nursery, head downstairs to the children’s ministry area. An usher or greeter would be happy to direct you.
- Mothers who need to nurse or tend to their babies are welcome to use the Williamson Room, the room immediately to the right of the main doors to the worship space. The audio from the service is played in this room so that you can listen to the sermon and follow the service.
- There is no dress code at St. Francis in the Fields; you’ll often see gentlemen in khakis, slacks, and button down shirts and ladies in skirts and dresses. Please wear whatever makes you comfortable!
- All Christians baptized with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are invited to receive communion in the Episcopal Church, even if they were baptized in another denomination. If you are not baptized, or do not wish to commune, you are still invited to come to the altar at the appropriate time to receive a blessing—simply cross your arms across your chest to indicate this. If you would like to learn more about being baptized, please contact us or speak to a member of the clergy.
- An usher will indicate when it is time for you to approach the altar. Follow the other members of the congregation around the altar to receive.
- We use wheat bread and real wine for Holy Communion. If you do not wish to receive the wine, simply cross your arms across your chest after you receive the bread and the chalice bearer will pass you. If you want a gluten-free wafer, please tell the priest administering bread when you are at the rail.
- All baptized children, regardless of age, are welcome to take communion in the Episcopal Church.
- In the Anglican tradition, we worship God in our bodies. This means that we stand, kneel, and sit during the service. This keeps our bodies as well as our minds engaged in the practice of worship. Feel free to follow the other worshipers and let the rhythm and flow of our service carry you.
- Please know that your presence with us is enough. You do not have to “do” anything in church if you don’t want to. If you prefer to sit in the back and just watch, that is perfectly acceptable.
- If you have any questions about what to do, ask an Usher or another worshiper. If you have any questions about why we do something a certain way, please speak to a member of clergy.
- Our Sunday offering is for those who have made St. Francis their spiritual home. Guests and visitors are never expected to give. Instead of giving financially, we’d love for you to fill out a Connect Card (located in the pews in front of you) and to put it in the plate as it is passed.
- There are three ways to enter St. Francis with a walker or wheelchair. If you park in the handicapped spaces in front of the church, look for the door to the left of the main church doors, which has a ramp. There is also a handicapped space available behind the church offices (the white building to the left of the main church) with a ramp to enter the church through the doors between the chapel and the main church. Finally, you can park in the back, enter through the Children’s Ministry doors, and take the elevator to the main floor.
Commemorate with us
The sacrament of Christian marriage is a solemn covenant between a man and a woman made in the presence of God and the gathered Christian community. As such, we are delighted to celebrate weddings for church members and their children. If you are a new member, or are someone looking for a wedding venue and a church home simultaneously, please contact us.
All weddings at St. Francis are officiated by St. Francis clergy using the form in the Book of Common Prayer.
Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. All baptized persons are expected to live out their commitment by regularly worshiping at St. Francis in the Fields. Adult baptismal candidates participate in a 2-3 month preparation process prior to baptism. Families requesting the baptism of an infant or child are required to be active members of St. Francis and to attend baptism preparation classes.
All baptisms at St. Francis are held on Sunday mornings. We celebrate baptisms on four especially appropriate feasts: All Saints Sunday (Fall), Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (Winter), the Great Vigil of Easter (Spring), and the feast of Pentecost (Spring).
For more information about being baptized at St. Francis, please contact us.
The Rite of Christian Burial is a solemn service which is nevertheless an Easter liturgy. Even as we mourn those we love but see know longer, we know that death cannot stop the power of Christ’s resurrection.
Other services include but are not limited to the following:
- Blessing of a Home
- Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child
- Reaffirmation of Faith
- Renewal of Wedding Vows
- Commitment to Christian Service
- Blessing of an Animal
- Blessing of a Civil Marriage
Please contact us if you would like more information about any of these, or other, services.
Sermons and Teachings
Audio from St. Francis
Weekly sermons and teachings from our Adult Formation offerings are also available in podcast form on Spotify. To subscribe, search for “St. Francis in the Fields”. Once you subscribe, our sermons and teachings will appear automatically in your feed each week.
These leaflets are your guide to worship services at St. Francis. Leaflets are uploaded each Friday.
Great Vigil of Easter
The Second Sunday of Advent
Watch our services and other events here:
9:00 am service will be live streamed on our Facebook page and posted below. Subscribe below to our YouTube Channel to get instant updates as videos are added!
Sunday, November 26th 2023: The First Sunday in Advent
Sunday, November 26th 2023: The Feast of Christ the King
Sunday, November 19th 2023: The 25th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, November 12th 2023: The 24th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, November 5th 2023: The Feast of All Saints
Thursday, November 2nd 2023: The Solemnity of All Souls
Praise and prayer through
The Church has been a center for great musical experiences throughout the ages, bringing people into the Body of Christ and sending them forth into the community. Music reaches the soul and connects with the Spirit in a unique and powerful way. The music program at St. Francis is dedicated to continuing this tradition, as we love God with all of our heart, soul and mind. Our goal is to share our musical gifts and heritage by singing God’s praise to all people and by proclaiming his greatness through our worship.
We believe that many styles of music are acceptable to God and indeed the variety of what is offered in various churches and denominations is basis for great joy. St. Francis is in the relatively rare position of having the resources to offer traditionally-approached, classically-based repertoire. The parish has unusually rich resources and leadership and it serves an educated and culturally sophisticated constituency for whom this literature provides a truly Spirit-filled worship experience.
We are so fortunate at St. Francis in the Fields to be continuing in this centuries-long tradition of offering great music to bring people into the Body of Christ and sending them forth into community.
The Choirs of St. Francis begin rehearsing on Wednesday, September 6! Read the description of each of our four choirs below and click through to fill out the Sign-Up Form if you are ready to join!
Cherub Choir (Kindergarten-2nd Grade) Jessica Vanover, Director
Children who are in Kindergarten, first, or second grade begin their choir training in the Cherub Choir. Cherubs learn the basics of pitch, rhythm, and reading music notation. They develop musical and behavioral habits that prepare them for joyful participation in the Sunday liturgy and membership in the chorister program once they enter third grade. The Cherub Choir rehearses each Wednesday from 5 to 5:55 p.m.
Choristers (3rd-8th Grade) Dr. Kirk Rich, Director
This intensive training program prepares children to take musical leadership in the liturgy. Following the Royal School of Church Music model, choristers receive training in singing, reading music at sight, and working together as an ensemble. They deepen their faith through study of sacred music and regular participation in rehearsals and services. Choristers rehearse each Wednesday from 5 until 5:55 p.m., followed by supper at 6 p.m. They stay and rehearse with the Parish Choir from 6:30 until 7:00 p.m.
Parish Choir (High School and Adults) Dr. Kirk Rich, Director
The Parish Choir is comprised of both volunteer and professional singers who provide musical leadership for the Sunday 9 and 11:15 a.m. liturgies, as well as feast days throughout the church year. The ensemble performs music from the classical Anglican tradition, from the Renaissance through the present day. Interested singers are asked to schedule a vocal interview with Dr. Rich.
Schola (High School and Adults) Dr. Kirk Rich, Director
The Schola is an auditioned ensemble of professional musicians from the parish and community. This choir sings our monthly service of Choral Evensong, Christmas Lessons and Carols, and other special services throughout the year. Interested singers are asked to schedule a vocal interview with Dr. Rich.
We believe that singing can be learned and enjoyed by all ages! We have a number of different choirs for all ages, all led by trained musicians/directors. This includes:
Cherub Choir (boys and girls in Kindergarten-2nd grade), Choristers (boys and girls in grades 3-8), Parish Choir (men and women, 9th grade and up), and Schola (high school and adults by audition).
For more information on singing in a choir at St. Francis, see above and/or contact our music director, Dr. Kirk Rich.
Evensong and Recitals
We praise God in song every Sunday, and are also pleased to offer special recitals and services throughout the year. At 5:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month during the program year, we gather for Evensong, one of the most musically splendid services in the Anglican tradition! We are also blessed to invite visiting musicians, directors, and singers throughout the year. Visit our upcoming events page for more information about upcoming recitals and services.