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An Experiment for the Sake of the Gospel

Our dioceses are on a journey to discover how collaborating can help us transform our congregations and communities through the power of Jesus Christ. In our churches, everyone is welcome, without exception.

Welcome from Bishop Rowe

Welcome! God is calling us into a new reality here on the southeastern shores of Lake Erie. We hope you will join us in answering this call as we reach out to people who do not know the transformational power of Jesus Christ, people who have been pushed to the margins, and people who feel like they aren’t worthy to step into one of our big stone churches. The road to transformation may be rocky at times, but we hope you will walk it with us.

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About our Partnership

In 2018, our dioceses pledged themselves to an unprecedented collaboration because we believe that God was calling us to embrace new ways of working on behalf of the Gospel here along the southeastern shores of Lake Erie. We are 90 congregations, spread across 20 counties, but we are one church, united by faith and dedicated to serving our communities and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. Here in this part of the country that many have forgotten, we believe that we have the potential to lead the church into a new season of growth.

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Find a Church

It isn’t always easy to find our way to God. The disciples we encounter on the road to Emmaus were heading in the wrong direction! They didn’t even recognize Jesus, whom they had followed for years—until he broke bread with them. Our church finder was created to make your search a little easier. Use it to locate congregations, ministry centers and church-related organizations across the region. You don’t have to be a member to attend our services, get involved in our work, or find solace and sustenance through our ministries.

News

Online Worship on March 29 at 10 a.m.

On Sunday, March 29 at 10 a.m., Bishop Sean and other leaders from across the partnership dioceses will lead worship via the Zoom platform. Anyone can join the service by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/951752578. To join by phone instead of video, call 646-876-9923 and use code 951752578#.

Watch Worship for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

On March 22, Bishop Sean led worship online with the Very Rev. Melinda Hall of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie and Craig Dressler of St. Mark’s, Erie. Watch the service on YouTube.

Suspension of In-Person Worship to Last Through Holy Week and Easter

Earlier today in a video conversation with clergy of the partnership, Bishop Sean announced that the suspension of in-person worship will extend at least through Holy Week and Easter. His decision follows Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s March 17 request that in-person public worship, including Holy Week and Easter services, be suspended. Bishop Sean is working with…

Events

Tuesday
March
31,
2020
POSTPONED – Chrism Liturgy
Mar 31 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
St. Luke's, Jamestown
Clergy from both dioceses are invited to attend the Chrism liturgy on March 31 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s, Jamestown. Lunch will be provided by the deacons, and an afternoon program will be led by the Very Rev. John Downey.
Saturday
April
4,
2020
Diocesan Youth Easter Egg Hunt
Apr 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
St. Paul's Cathedral

The first annual diocesan Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo. Fun-filled activities are planned for children of all ages. Children will hunt eggs, make crafts, decorate cookies, play games, and enjoy lunch.

Register online if you plan to attend. For more information, contact Wendy Schumacher, Missioner for Youth and Children, via email – wschumacher@episcopalwny.org.

Sunday
April
5,
2020
Bishop Sean’s Visit to Resurrection, Hermitage
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am