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.


May 4-5
Sr. High Sleepover/Lasertron Event
Diocesan Ministry Center, Tonawanda

The First Thirty Team will be hosting a Sr. High Sleepover Friday May 4th to Saturday May 5th at the Diocesan Ministry Center.  The event is open to all those that are in High School and the Eighth Graders.  The event runs from 7 pm to 10 am and costs $30.  At some point during the evening, the group will go to Lasertron for a round or two of laser tag.  Please email Wendy Schumacher, First Thirty Coordinator, at wschumacher@episcopalwny.org to confirm participation.  The youth can bring this signed permission slip and the payment with them on the 4th.


May 20
Discover Sundays! Field Trip: A Special Afternoon in East Aurora
Roycroft Campus, East Aurora

On May 20th a Discover Sunday event will be held in East Aurora on the Roycroft Campus at 31 South Grove Street. For those able to arrive earlier, the PBS documentary about Elbert Hubbard will be shown in the Power House at 1:00 pm. At 2:00 we will break into small groups for a one-hour guided tour of the Roycroft Campus and see details attributed to Elbert Hubbard and the Arts & Crafts Movement. These two presentations are free and open to all Episcopalians, family and friends.

Pre-registration for this Discover Sunday program is required.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/dBSsSd6ieghXnq2T2.

At 3:00, everyone is invited to gather for refreshments and friendship in All Saints’ Hall at St. Matthias’ Church located a short two blocks from the Roycroft Campus at 374 Main Street (the stone church on the corner of Main and Maple Streets).

In addition, a Sunday Buffet Brunch is served between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Roycroft Inn located at 40 South Grove Street. The cost is $30 per person and reservations are needed – Call (716)652-5552.


June 2
Safe Church Training
St. Stephen’s, Olean

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, June 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 109 S. Barry St., Olean.  Child Sexual Abuse Prevention will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and Adult Sexual Harassment & Exploitation Prevention will run from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Register now!!


June 2
Star Wars Night at the Bisons
Coca Cola Field, Buffalo

May the Force be with you on Saturday June 2nd (6:05 pm start) for a great night of Bison baseball, some of your favorite Star Wars characters, and an awesome firework show.  The diocese has reserved a group of seats on the third baseline for the evening.  Tickets are $11.00.  To order tickets, please print out the Bisons Game Flyer and send in with payment to the ministry center by May 1st.  All questions should be directed to Wendy Schumacher, First Thirty Event Coordinator, at wschumacher@episcopalwny.org.


Save these Dates!

Look for more information to come about the following events:

  • May 12 – Clergy Day @ Diocesan Ministry Center
  • May 19 – Postulants & Candidates Day