Children
Rector: The Rev. Vanessa Glass
All of God's children are welcome.
St. Francis is a family friendly church where all of God's children are welcome. Holy Eucharist is the primary gathering of the faith community and we look forward to Sunday mornings as a time for intergenerational worship. The vocalizations of our youngest children express the awe at first discovering one's sense of self. It is with a great sense of joy and delight that we invite your whole family to worship with us.
 
Godly Play is offered the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at the 10:o0 am service and to preschool children attending St. Francis Preschool. Preschool Chapel meets in the church on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 8:45 am.
 
What is Godly Play?
Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language - parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action - helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.

When Christian language is learned by the Godly Play approach, it is learned as a means to know God and to make meaning of our lives. This approach is quite different from the traditional model in which the teacher tells the children what they need to know. Godly Play is not about things that are that simple. It is not just about learning lessons or keeping children entertained. It is about locating each lesson in the whole system of Christian language and involving the creative process to discover the depths of meaning in them. It’s about understanding how each of the stories of God’s people connects with the child’s own experience and relationship with God. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God.

The goal of Godly Play is to show how to be open to the Holy Spirit, The Creator, and the Redeemer all at once and all the time in every place. Godly Play achieves this goal by helping children become deeply rooted as Christians and yet at the same time use sacred story, their curiosity, and community to be open and creative.



 

 

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Upcoming Events
MAY

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SAT
St. Francis Men's Group
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
ST. FRANCIS MEN'S GROUP
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Saturday
The St. Francis Men's Group meets from 8:30am to 10am for a no host breakfast and fellowship gathering at Indian Valley Golf Course, 3035 Novato Blvd, Novato, CA 94947

MAY

28

SUN
Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
All are welcome!
Basic Discipleship with the Rev. C.H. Martin #2
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
This 5-6 week class for adults will be offered by the Rev. Christopher H. Martin of St. Paul's in San Rafael on Sundays at Noon starting on May 21st in the Vicarage at St. Francis. It is an opportunity to learn the basic skills of daily prayer, to share your spiritual autobiography, and to be in a healthy small group. Up to 4 people can take the class.

Please contact Alberta at deacon@stfrancisnovato.org for further information and to sign up (the deadline is May 14th).

Although not essential for being a part of this group, you may wish to order Christopher's book on Amazon. When you order through AmazonSmile, St. Francis benefits!
MAY

29

MON
AA meeting
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meets in Block Hall adjacent to the Church.
Daniella and her students
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Daniella and her music students will be in the sanctuary on Monday and Wednesday evenings 3-8 p.m.
Prayer and Discernment Meeting
7:00 PM to 12:00 PM
Meets in the vicarage. Not convened on Holidays.
AA meeting
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Meets in Block Hall adjacent to the Church.
MAY

30

TUE
Narcotics Anonymous meeting
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meets in Block Hall.
MAY

31

WED
Daniella and her students
3:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Daniella and her music students will be in the sanctuary on Monday and Wednesday evenings 3-8 p.m.
Craft Group
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
All crafters welcome for coffee and discussion. Meets in Block Hall.
Vestry Meeting
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
In the Vicarage
JUN

01

THU
Alanon meeting
7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Meets in Block Hall adjacent to the Church.
JUN

02

FRI
AA meeting
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meets in Block Hall.
AA meeting
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Meets in Block Hall.