Listen,Heal & Transform.

We are an Episcopal community of faith on the South Shore of Nassau County, welcoming all. 

Visit us for Sunday Eucharist @9:30am

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Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent — Wednesday, March 6.

-Ash Wednesday : public liturgies of contemplation, repentance, and the Holy Eucharist to begin the self-examination of Lent with an appropriate reminder of our common mortality and a holy humility. Noon and 7:30pm at St Francis Church; morning rush hour imposition of ashes offered to all the public at the Bellmore LIRR train station, 6:30-8:30am.

-Give up single-use plastics for Lent, or give up electricity for one hour per day? More thoughts and suggestions for a holy Lent at

-Way of Love: Rule of Life. A discussion and fellowship series for Wednesday evenings in Lent, shared with our sister community of St Jude in Wantagh. Bring a friend! Strangers welcome! 6:30-8:30pm. Simple supper; small group discussion following, using (the Presiding Bishop) Michael Curry’s call to examine the Way of Jesus as the Way of Love. Beginning March 13 at St Jude in Wantagh; March 20 at St Francis; March 27 at St Jude; April 3 at St Francis; April 10 at St Jude. Location of St Jude here.


We are a Christian community of faith, forged by the love and friendship of two Episcopal churches who decided to merge in 2013, with our Bishop's blessing and encouragement.  We offer a rich liturgical tradition, welcoming space for people of all ages regardless of where they are on their journey of faith, and a wonderful setting to explore spirituality through the environment and organic gardening.  

Please know you are welcome here, and welcome to contact us with any questions about St. Francis Episcopal Church, the Christian faith, or environmental stewardship.

Volunteer in the Garden at St Francis this summer — solo, or with a group. Feed the hungry and learn organic gardening! Scroll below!


Our current season is Lent. This word comes from an old English word describing the spring season, meaning simply ‘to lengthen.’ Our ancestors knew the days leading to Easter grew longer, with the day lengthening. It described a season of fasting and preparation. Lent is a season of self-examination and turning back to the ways of abundant life God intends for us and all creation, in preparation for Easter. ‘Repent’ is another way of saying ‘turn back.’

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Ashes are a reminder of our mortality — ‘remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return’ — and remembering the truth and fragility of our human mortality is the true beginning place for all blessed humility and wholesome repentance. Know where you come from! Dust — which is a wonderful earthly thing as well as a cosmic matter of stardust. Remembering where we come from — the ‘humus’ of the earth — orients us to the purpose of harmony with all creation for which God has created us.

Jesus said of the Sabbath rest, ‘the Sabbath was made for humankind, not humankind for the Sabbath.’ Likewise, Lenten practices of renewal, rest, and repentance (see above!) are for our re-creation as ever-more-whole creatures, and are not intended as pointless exercises in self-abasement. Remember your human fragility, and remember the fragility of those around you. Turn back together to ways of health and wholeness, mercy and compassion.

Come help at the Garden at St Francis! Feed our hungry neighbors, and help heal God’s most vulnerable creature, the Earth. Currently, we are helping the fields find their rest for the winter, taking out plants and gleaning the garden for a few last harvests to share with our local partner food pantries and community meals. Come hang out - most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings - and walk the Labyrinth when you're done. Contact us via

Think about volunteering a couple hours of your time this summer in the Garden. All are welcome — and needed!

For most current information, follow/like the Garden on Facebook!


Faith, Ecology & Community.


We are called to a life of faith, hope & love so that people may come to know God through our lives and actions.

The connection of soil and spirit and the reverence for God's earth serves as an outreach ministry to bring healthy and nutritious food to those in need.

We believe there is room for everyone and a place for all within this community of faith.

Come worship with us.


"Our ministry is about growing in every way."

The Rev. Mark Genszler, Rector of St. Francis


The Garden at St. Francis

We grow food to give away to our neighbors in need at a variety of local food pantries, community meals, and other organizations. Come join the work!  We are volunteer-driven, and have room for both volunteer groups and interested individuals.

Follow us on Facebook at The Garden at St Francis.


Our Location

1692 Bellmore Avenue
North Bellmore, NY, 11710
United States


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