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.

If your congregation has an event coming up, click here to let us know about it.

Buffalo – Staged Reading: “The Bad Seed” (May 24)

The Bad Seed is a staged reading based on the 1954 novel of the same name, written by William March. Christine – the mother of the precocious, 8 year old, Rhoda – hauntingly comes to terms with the fact that her daughter is not who she seems to be. William March’s story has since been remade into a Broadway play, a major motion picture and several made-for-tv movies. The Bad Seed is a classic crime and suspense story that asks the question – “Is evil genetic or environmental?”

The reading will take place in the Chapel of Trinity Church (371 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo) on Friday, May 24th, 2019 from 7-9pm.  The evening begins with a wine & cheese reception at 7 pm, and the reading will commence at 7:30 pm.

Free and open to the public.  Donations to Trinity Church will be appreciated.  Produced and Directed by Gabrie’l J. Atchison

Buffalo – Interdenominational Memorial Day Service (May 27)

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at 10:00 a.m., St. John’s-Grace will celebrate its fourteenth Interdenominational Service for Memorial Day at St. John’s-Grace (51 Colonial Circle in Buffalo). Last year’s service was attended by over sixty people. The service is open to all residents of the West Side and the larger community of Buffalo and its suburbs.

The purpose of this service is to give real religious solemnity to this day of remembrance. The service honors those who have served in our military, dedicating themselves to our American values of freedom, equality, justice and community, and especially those who have given their lives for these values. It emphasizes that our obligation to them is to embrace these same values in our own lives, and that these values are reflected in the Way of Jesus Christ in which we are called to walk – the way of compassion, justice, forgiveness and peace.

As it has been each year, this will be an interdenominational service consisting of remembering and praying, singing hymns, listening to readings, songs and preaching. The service concludes with the singing of Amazing Grace outdoors at the Bidwell Parkway War Memorial.

We know from the experience of past years that this will be a very moving event. Please encourage your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers to join us for this great annual St. John’s-Grace service to the larger community.

Eggertsville – Health Fair (June 1)

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (205 Longmeadow Rd. in Eggertsville; parking lot on Callodine) will host a Health Fair on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9 am – 1 p.m.

  • Pre-registration for classes for Narcan traning, 9 am-11 am: http://www2.erie.gov/health
  • Pre-registration for “Stop the Bleed”, 9am-10:30am: Sue Gunn, 716-832-9764 or stpetersepiscopal205@gmail.com
  • UNYTS Life Express Bus -Blood donation
  • Information tables -Amherst Senior Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Lupus Alliance, Mental Health Advocates of WNY, Ovarian Cancer Project, Suicide Prevention, Veteran’s One Stop, WNY Qigong-info and activities, Parkinson’s Foundation, WNY chapter, Shanon Wilson RDN, CDN for Nuitrition information, Kidney Foundation

Refreshments: “Daily Bread” Food Truck! 8:45am -1pm ( It will be parked on Callodine St.)
Questions Sue Gunn: 716-838-6156 or stpetersepiscopal205@gmail.com

Lancaster – Chicken Barbecue (June 9)

Trinity Episcopal Church (5448 Broadway in Lancaster) will hold a Chicken Barbecue on Sunday, June 9.  Chicken will be barbecued by BW’s Chicken, and will begin at 11am and run to 2pm. There will be drive-thru and dine-in options. Drive-thru consists of driving up to one door, ordering, and picking up the order at the door on the other side of the parish hall.

$10/ ticket and pre-sale tickets are available.  Call Becky @ 716-260-3187 for tickets or more information. This is in conjunction with the Lancaster-Depew Boys’ and Girls’ Club.  Proceeds to benefit each entity.

LeRoy – Community for Understanding (June 13)

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s monthly discussion series called “Community for Understanding” will meet at the church, 1 East Main St., LeRoy on Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 pm to discuss and vote on topics for the coming year.  Dessert and coffee served.  All are welcome to these monthly conversations on current concerns; meetings emphasize civility in discourse with faith considered in its broadest sense. More information at www.stmarksleroy.org or 585-768-7200.

Buffalo – Film & Discussion: “If Beale Street Could Talk” (June 15)

Trinity Church (371 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo) will host a viewing and discussion of “If Beale Street Could Talk” on Saturday, June 15, from 1-3 p.m. If Beale Street Could Talk is a romance/drama based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin. The film is offered as part of our ongoing series on the novels and essays of James Baldwin.  Free will donation.