We are a welcoming, engaged and diverse community of faith dedicated to the spiritual, physical and social well-being of ourselves and our neighbors. Whoever you are, whatever your beliefs, come explore and experience with us the mystery of God’s Love.
St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church is located in the coastal community of Blue Hill in Downeast Maine. Established in 1975 as a preaching station and shortly after that as a mission of the Diocese of Maine, it is today one of three established Episcopal churches on the Blue Hill Peninsula. St. Francis has an extensive membership of people who live locally in the summer and take part in church life remotely during the winter months.
It is St. Francis’ goal to glorify God and to serve as a vital and spiritual place for worship and education. We want to be a church whose life is centered in the sacraments, most particularly Holy Baptism and the Eucharist, and the preaching of the Gospel. We believe that, in order to fulfill our mission, we must love and care for one another, and reach out to others in the knowledge and conviction that the church exists for those within it and for all God’s people.
The Episcopal Church of the United States is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We embrace the traditional view of the creeds, the ministry and sacraments––the benchmarks of faith since apostolic times. We also value and incorporate the intellectual renewal and freedom of the Reformation. We base our authority upon Scripture, the record of God’s covenant with us; tradition, the ways in which the Holy Spirit has guided the church; and human reason, the experience of God’s revelation to us through the human mind and conscience.