Opportunities abound at St. Francis for members, new and old, to connect with the social, spiritual and service activities of our parish. Here are descriptions of groups, along with time commitments and any training or background expectations.
For contact information for any parishioner, log into the Member Directory on the home page of the website or call the church office at 610-647-0130.
Greeters - Provide welcoming personal contact for first-time and repeat visitors, as well as for long-time parishioners. The primary goal of this ministry is to make visitors feel comfortable and welcome at our church. Members of this ministry usually greet once every month or two and are provided with easy written and personal instruction. Please contact Tony Fernandes for more information.
Ushers - Help with seating, gather the offering and tidy up the pews after services. Volunteers are scheduled for the 10 am Sunday services and other special services throughout the year. No experience is necessary and personal instruction will be provided. Please contact Mike Quinn for more information.
Coffee Hour - Members serve coffee and provide breakfast treats after the 8 am and 10 am Sunday services during the school year and after the 9 am Sunday service during the summer. This important ministry allows us to get to know each other and connect after church on a more personal level. Written and personal instruction is provided. There is a signup sheet on the church bulletin board for the 8 am service. Contact Nancy Conway to help with the 10 am service or Lynd Meyer to help during summer services.
Choir - Adult choir members lead the congregation's responses and singing during the 10 am Sunday services and other special services throughout the year. Members of the choir rehearse with the Choir Director weekly from 7 - 8:30 pm on Thursdays and 9:15 am on Sunday mornings. The choir sings on a September - June schedule. No musical experience is necessary! Please contact the Choir Director, Joe Perry for more information.
Lay Readers/Chalice Bearers - Adults are welcome to read the lessons and serve the chalice at the Altar with Fr. Kevin. Minimal training is required, and personal instruction will be provided.
Tweens/teens are invited to lead the congregation in reading the psalm responsively by whole verse. Please contact the quarterly scheduler, Pam Sampson or Fr. Kevin to volunteer or for more information.
Intercessors - Readers offer Prayers of the People at the 10 am service each Sunday. New intercessors are always welcome. Please contact Sandra Healey for more information.
Altar Guild - Members ready the church for worship by dressing the Altar, arranging flowers, cleaning silver and caring for liturgical linens. There is a set-up team and a flower team. New volunteers are always welcome. Contact Pamela Hudson for information on the set-up team, and Mahala Renkey for information on the flower team.
Church Gardens - This ministry keeps our grounds at St. Francis beautiful by maintaining existing gardens and adding new plantings to enhance the aesthetic appeal of church surroundings. Veteran gardeners and horticultural novices lead spring and fall cleanups. Many beds can be maintained on your own schedule. For more information, please contact Laura Petersen Hartlein.
In Partnership with the Chester County Food Bank - St. Francis tends a raised-bed vegetable garden that grows and donates three crops per bed per season. The growing season starts in April and ends in late October. Volunteers meet one hour a week to plant, maintain and water plants. The church donated over 265 pounds of produce to the West Chester Food Cupboard in 2017. Please contact Mahala Renkey for more information.
Transportation - Altar Flower Delivery - Flowers from the Altar are delivered each week to people who may be ill, in the hospital or celebrating a birthday, birth or other special occasion. Please contact Sandra Healey to help with this uplifting ministry.
Transportation - Parishioners - Volunteers provide residents of Wellington, Bellingham and White Horse Village retirement communities with transporation to worship services and church activities. Please contact Shirley Warren for more information.
Outreach - St. Francis participates in a variety of outreach programs throughout the year. Some programs involve collection and delivery of food, clothing and other items. St. Francis supports many local charities in our community through our time, talent, materials and financial donations. Please contact Dana and Jan Pizarro for more information.
Men's Group - St. Francis has a fellowship group for men of the parish that meets for breakfast the first Saturday morning of each month, from September to June. They also help with many odd jobs at the church and set up for various events in the parish. Please contact Dana Pizarro for more information.
Fellowship - The Fellowship Committee plans numerous social events throughout the year. Francis & Friends and other events are announced in the Fieldnotes, and signup boards are displayed in the Narthex. All parishioners are invited to attend and bring guests. These are informal gatherings, accompanied by good food and spirits, in a relaxed, fun environment. Please contact Jill Quinn or Tricia Stewart Foster for more information about attending or helping. Childcare is provided.
Brown Bag Lunch Series - Members and guests of St. Francis gather at 12 noon on the first Tuesday of each month, October to June, for a series of interesting and timely speakers. See the church calendar for information on the speaker for the month. Bring your lunch, and drinks and snacks will be provided. Please contact the parish office for more information.
Book Group - The St. Francis Book Group meets in the church library on the third Friday of the month at 7:30 pm. Members of the group contribute book suggestions. Current book selections can be found on the church calendar. New members are welcome anytime. Please contact Elizabeth Pitt for more information.
Lectionary Bible Study and Eucharist - Members meet from 10 - 11:30 am on Wednesday mornings to read and discuss Bible passages in preparation for the coming Sunday's lessons. Bible study is followed by Holy Eucharist. No prior background in Bible study is necessary, and there is no homework. Please contact Fr. Kevin for more information.
The Rector's Study - Periodic studies are led by Fr. Kevin on a variety of topics. See the church calendar for dates, times and topics. Please contact Fr. Kevin for more information.