Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

Diocesan Events

These are events that are happening in the next few weeks in the Diocese and the dates of some events further out.  If you are part of a committee or commission of the Diocese and are having an event or meeting that you want people to know about, please submit your event for posting on this page.

 

March 17
Regional Gathering for Bishop Franklin
St. James, Batavia

There are three farewell events for Bishop Bill, two regional gatherings and one more formal service to “Pass the Crozier” from Bishop Bill to Bishop Sean, followed by a reception at the Guaranty Building. Mark your calendars now!

Regional Gathering One, hosted by the Standing Committee and the Deaneries of Genesee, Northern Region, Central Erie and Eastern Erie on Sunday March 17, at St. James, Batavia, 3 pm to 4:30 pm.

These Regional Gatherings are designed to be “good old fashioned church potlucks,” so plan on bringing your best “dish to share” and have an opportunity to say good-bye to Bishop Bill.

Please plan on joining Bishop Bill at one (or all!!) of these events. 

PLEASE no ducks…if you wish to do something to honor the Bishop, donations to the Franklin Fund are most appreciated!

 

March 23
Regional Gathering for Bishop Franklin
St. Luke’s, Jamestown

There are three farewell events for Bishop Bill, two regional gatherings and one more formal service to “Pass the Crozier” from Bishop Bill to Bishop Sean, followed by a reception at the Guaranty Building. Mark your calendars now!

Regional Gathering Two, hosted by the Standing Committee and the Deaneries of Cattaraugus/Chautauqua and Southern Erie on Saturday March 23 at St. Luke’s, Jamestown, 3pm-4:30 pm

These Regional Gatherings are designed to be “good old fashioned church potlucks,” so plan on bringing your best “dish to share” and have an opportunity to say good-bye to Bishop Bill.

Please plan on joining Bishop Bill at one (or all!!) of these events. 

PLEASE no ducks…if you wish to do something to honor the Bishop, donations to the Franklin Fund are most appreciated!

 

April 7
A Service of Goodbye and Hello
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo

There are three farewell events for Bishop Bill, two regional gatherings and one more formal service to “Pass the Crozier” from Bishop Bill to Bishop Sean, followed by a reception at the Guaranty Building. Mark your calendars now!

On Sunday April 7 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, 3 pm there will be a service where we will celebrate Bishop Bill’s ministry among us as well as formally welcoming Bishop Sean as our Bishop, Provisional. A reception will follow the service. Due to recent water damage at the Guaranty Building, we are seeking a new venue; please watch future issues of Postings for updates.

Please plan on joining Bishop Bill at one (or all!!) of these events. 

PLEASE no ducks…if you wish to do something to honor the Bishop, donations to the Franklin Fund are most appreciated!


May 4
Safe Church Training
Diocesan Ministry Center, Tonawanda

It is the charge of every Christian to respect the dignity of every human being, to that end we offer Safe Church Training.

Safe Church Training protects not only volunteers and employees, but also those under their charge. By raising the awareness of leaders, everyone is safer.

Safe Church consists of two courses: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Adult Sexual Harassment & Exploitation Prevention. Volunteers such as Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, and youth camp staff are required to take “A Safe Place for Children.” All clergy and employees of the diocese and its congregations are required to take both courses.

The courses are offered at least twice yearly, usually in the late spring and in the early fall.  The next class is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, May 4, at the Diocesan Ministry Center in Tonawanda.  The Church: A Safe place for Children will run from 9 a.m. to Noon. The Church: A Safe Place for Adults will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Register now!

 

May 11
Treasurer & Audit Team Training
Diocesan Ministry Center, Tonawanda

On Saturday May 11 there will be a treasurer training from 10-11:30 am and an audit team training from 12:30-2:00 pm at the Diocesan Ministry Center.

Who should attend?
Anyone who is relatively new to the position of treasurer in their parish, anyone who wishes to be trained as an audit team member, and/ or current treasurers and audit team members looking for a refresher.

To make sure the parishes in most need for these trainings are accommodated we ask that every participant be recommended for the training by their parish leadership (priest, warden or vestry).

Application is found here: https://goo.gl/forms/v6SdYWf44C8WBy7r1

We look forward to seeing you at this much-requested training day!

 

Save these Dates!

Look for more information to come about the following events:

  • May 10-11 – Senior High Overnight
  • May 17-18 – Journeys (Junior High)
  • June 8 – Star Wars Night at the Buffalo Bisons
  • June 29 – Young Adult Gathering (High school grads to age 30)
  • August 11-14 – Sleep Away Camp
  • September 7 – Episcopal Day at Darien Lake
  • October 25-26 – Joint Diocesan Convention with the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania at the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA