Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

Parish Events

These are some of the events going on at congregations around Western New York in the next few weeks.

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Eggertsville – Family Friendly Activity & Outdoor Movie Night (August 17)

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (205 Longmeadow Rd. in Eggertsville) will host a Family Friendly Activity & Movie Night on Friday, August 17.  Children’s Yoga (bring a mat if able), Qigong, Face painting, Games, Eggertsville Hose Fire truck begin at 6:30pm. Make your own S’more and receive a bag of Popcorn.  Movie: “The Incredibles” will begin at 8pm. Bring a folding chair, blanket and some bug spray!  For safety reasons, all children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  This event is free and open to all!!


Jamestown – Kayak Mass (August 19, September 16)

All paddlers, regardless of experience, are invited to join the Rev. Luke Fodor and friends this year for another summer season of outdoor worship on the waters of Chautauqua County.

Fodor, who is Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, has been leading the Kayak Mass/Canoeucharist excursions on Chautauqua and Cassadaga Lake each summer since he moved to the area four years ago. He feels that these type of experiential worship opportunities offer people a way to celebrate God’s beauty in nature while enjoying the fellowship of other like-minded individuals.

“Our group paddles have become a way for participants to break away from their normal Sunday habits and experience ‘church’ in a new way.” says Fodor. “The gatherings are not just about worship, but also about community and nature. We have been joined by all types of individuals, whether they were young or old, church-goers or not, all coming together to be inspired and awed by our surroundings.”

There will be a total of four monthly services on June 17th, July 8th, August 19st and September 16th from 4 to 6pm. Launch sites will be determined near the day of each event and will be selected to accommodate weather conditions.

The community is invited to participate in any or all of the events, regardless of their religious affiliation. Participants should bring their own canoes, kayaks, or paddleboards. There will also be a limited number of rentals available through Evergreen Outfitters, who will deliver the kayaks and equipment to the launch site. Anyone interested in renting should contact Evergreen in advance at 716-763-2266.

The two-hour paddle outings are suitable for all levels of experience. The events are family friendly and novice paddlers are especially welcome. For many, the Kayak Mass was their first experience at paddling.

“The Kayak Mass is something that we look forward to every summer. It is a great way to get out on the lake.” says one participant. “My wife and I had always wanted to try kayaking but had never really had the opportunity. The first time we came out the people from Evergreen Outfitters helped us determine exactly what kind of kayak was right for us and even gave us a bit of instruction before we set out. The group is welcoming and helpful and the outings are quite relaxing – even for beginners.”

Reservations are not required, but paddlers are asked to contact the church office at 716-483-6405 the Friday before each service, so that they can communicate the launch site and any changes in plans.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 North Main Street, Corner of Fourth and Main, Jamestown, NY. For more information about any of the church’s offerings visit their website: www.stlukesjamestown.org


Buffalo – Happy Hour Fundraiser (August 23)

There will be a Happy Hour Fundraiser for Pete’s Pet Food Pantry on Thursday, August 23 from 5-8 p.m. at Parkside Meadow (2 Russell St. in Buffalo).  The event will include appetizers and desserts, and a cash bar.  Admission is by free-will donation.

The pet food pantry that has been operating most recently at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church (96 Jewett Parkway) has been renamed and re-launched as Pete’s Pet Food Pantry.  They are starting with NO FOOD and their next distribution is September 2.  Checks can be made payable to the Church of the Good Shepherd, or donate using Paypal at www.goodshepherdbuffalo.org/donate.


Buffalo – Chicken BBQ (September 23)

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (1182 Seneca St. in Buffalo) will be holding a Chicken BBQ on Sunday, September 23, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Dinners are $11, and include 1/2 chicken, macaroni salad, coleslaw, roll and butter.  Beverages and desserts also available.  Takeout available!  Pre-sale tickets are $1 off, and are available at St. Matthew’s, after the 9 a.m. Sunday service.