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8 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
10 am Holy Eucharist Rite II with choir
We seek to nurture the faith of children in ways that best relate to their age.
During the 10 am service, we offer childcare for children under 4 years old. The Parish nursery, staffed with trained nursery attendants, is at the end of the office hallway.
Note: The Church School is on a September to early June schedule. We have a Middle School Youth Group and a High School Youth Group. Both groups meet on Sunday evenings approximately twice a month, September through June.
Music in Ministry
The music ministry at St. Francis is an integral part of the worship service. The choir sings at the 10 am service, and is always looking for new members to join. Choir rehearsals are 7-8:30 pm on Thursdays and 9:15 am on Sundays. The choir sings on a September-June schedule.
~ Click HERE for choir calendar ~
Message from Joe Perry, Music Director
To provide you with even more great reasons to join the choir, I am sharing a list of reasons to join a choir first published by the CBC (Canada's public broadcasting channel).
1. You get to sing great music.
And at St. Francis, I do my absolute best to sing a wide variety of music such as Renaissance Motets, Early-American Shaker Hymns, Russian Orthodox Hymns, and contemporary compositions from the last few years.
2. It's an excellent stress reliever
Not only do we have fun at rehearsals, the actual act of singing with others has been shown to reduce stress in studies. The combination of focused attention, breathing deeply, and listening to others helps you forget about the worries of the day, even if just for a little bit.
3. You meet new people
And what amazing people! If you are new to St. Francis, there could be no greater group of people to know as we have a choir full of loving, caring, spiritual, and giving human beings. It took me no time at all to feel part of the St. Francis family when I first came to the parish and it was because of these people.
4. You learn to listen
In choir we listen to many things: our own voice, our section, the piano, the organ, the notes in the chord, and others. When you join the choir you learn to appreciate the music you listen to every day in a new and deep way.
5. It's a workout for your brain
Singing in choir requires the use of reading skills, memory, physical coordination, listening, and keeping rhythm. Music learning has been shown in many studies to increase the interconnectivity of your brain, allowing the more process-oriented parts of your brain to work in better coordination with the emotional-oriented parts of your brain. And this growth happens at any age with any level of music-learning. Think of rehearsal as gym time for your brain.
6. It's an exercise in teamwork
Singing in a choir takes the fear out of singing on your own. When singing as a group, you have the collective voices of the whole choir to support you and make you feel like you can sing beautifully (which you can).
7. You don't have to buy any equipment.
All you need for practice is your larynx! The good people of St. Francis support the choir with the funds needed to provide you with a folder and all of the music we need for the entire year. I even have a box of pencils ready to go if you ever need one of those as well!
8. You'll learn a lot of choir jokes (courtesy of the bass section).
9. It's uplifting
Whether preparing music for the weekly anthem, special music Sundays, or even our grandest of holidays, choir is a great time to gather together with your closest friends and to join your voices as one for the glory of God.
I hope you consider joining us sometime this year. We rehearse every Thursday starting September 6 from 7:00 to 8:30.
The Acolyte Ministry is composed of several dozen acolytes and three directors.
Acolyte training and recruiting starts in the fall. From early September through December, our acolytes attend training sessions following the 10 am service. This is where our new/young acolytes learn the required elements of service and where our older acolytes strengthen their skills and also assist with training. This interaction is a key part of the acolyte program that is repeated on every Sunday. This is a great way for the older acolytes to develop leadership skills and for all of the acolytes to learn and practice teamwork skills. As the year comes to a close, we enjoy an acolyte tradition of having alumni acolytes serve at the late Christmas Eve Service.
The acolyte ministry is always looking for anyone that is in grades 3 to 12 who are willing to serve in this reverent, wonderful and fun ministry. If your child in interested in joining the acolyte ministry, please approach any of the three acolyte directors and we will gladly talk to them.
The Altar Guild is a quiet ministry at St. Francis living out its mission to serve at the Lord’s table. The Altar Guild is comprised of two teams, each having separate responsibilities. There is a set-up team and a flower team.
The set-up team is responsible for vesting the altar for every service conducted at St Francis. This includes regular Sunday morning worship as well as weddings, funerals and special services held during the week.
The flower guild arranges the flowers for the altar every week. They work hard to coordinate the colors of the flowers with the altar frontal for the season. Following the service, the flowers are deconstructed to provide bouquets of flowers for home bound parishioners or members of the congregation who are ill. Volunteer drivers deliver the flowers to whomever the Rector wishes.
The cost for donating flowers for a Sunday morning service is $50. Moneys are also collected for decorating the church at Easter and Christmas. The suggested donation for Christmas or Easter flowers is $30.
Altar Flower Dedication forms are available in the back of the sanctuary, or you can print one out at home by clicking on the green "Altar Flowers" box below .