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.

June 8
Treasurer & Audit Team Training
Diocesan Ministry Center, Tonawanda

On Saturday, June 8 (please note, this date has changed from the previously announced date in May), 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!

June 8
Star Wars Night at the Bisons
Sahlen Field, Buffalo

We have 150 tickets reserved for our Diocese on Saturday June 8th for one of the Bisons’ best nights of the year.  The group discount is $12 per ticket. The game starts at 6:05, but you can come early and enjoy the themed festivities.  To reserve your tickets, download the order form here: Bisons Game

August 10
Worship Leader Training
Diocesan Ministry Center, Tonawanda

Worship Leader Training August 10th from 10 am-3 pm at the Ministry Center, 1064 Brighton Rd, Tonawanda.

If you lead morning prayer as the principal Sunday service in your parish, please speak with your priest or warden (if you do not have a priest in your parish) and have them apply on your behalf for a Worship Leader at https://forms.gle/TQHBU4rXLJfEJmNcA

If you have already applied for this License this is the training you have been waiting for so mark your calendars.
If there are any questions please contact Michael Brown at 716-881-0660.

August 11-14
Sleepaway Camp
Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp, Bemus Point

August 11-14 we will be holding our diocesan camp for youth that will enter 3rd through 10th grades in the fall.  The campers will be placed in two different tracks, one for those that will be entering 3rd to 6th grades and the other for those that will be entering 7th to 10th grades.  A day at camp will include Chaplain Time, various activities (boating, swimming, arts and crafts, archery, challenge course, gaga ball…), whole group evening activities, lots of singing, and the much needed siesta.  Camp will conclude on Wednesday Morning with an Eucharist that the kids have prepared, all are invited to attend at 11 am. Registration forms can be downloaded here: Sleep Away Camp

Sue Stanislawski, a parishioner at St. Patrick’s in Cheektowaga, is looking to award two individuals full scholarships to camp this year.  Sue is a former diocesan camper and a big supporter of all youth programs. She is asking that the camper write a short essay as to why they want to go to camp, along with the family having a financial need.  The form to apply is here: Sue Stanislawski Scholarship

Other scholarships are available for Sleep Away Camp through the generosity of members of the diocese.  Please email Wendy Schumacher, First Thirty Event Manager, at wschumacher@episcopalwny.org to inquire or with any other questions.

September 7
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 session is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, September 7, 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 for this session!

Save these Dates!

Look for more information to come about the following events:

  • June 29 – Young Adult Gathering (High school grads to age 30)
  • 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