We welcome you to our church, our worship, and to our parish life. Please know that whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your journey in faith, there is a place for you here at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. All persons are invited to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. If you prefer not to receive communion, we invite you to come to the altar rail, cross your arms on your chest and receive the blessing of God. If you are unfamiliar with the Episcopal worship service, ask someone for help, or merely relax and enjoy the beauty and power of the service by observing what goes on.
What is distinctive about our Community of Faith?
- We are a Regional Church – not limited to the Village or Town of Westfield.
- We are inclusive and diverse.
- We are risk takers.
- We are rational thinkers who believe that the Holy Spirit guides our reasoning.
- We embrace all Christians who seek to participate in the life of the Church.
- Our Baptismal vows ordain us to Ministry; we participate in discernment of call, and provide training and education for all Ministries within the Church.
- We believe that our Spiritual Journeys are personal but not private – they are lived out in the community.
- Our Worship is a Living Drama into which we are invited to participate – we are not just passive observers in the service – you cannot “tune it out” – it is a very personal experience – in it you will hear the “whole story” of our Faith.
- We offer genuine LOVE to anyone who really seeks and wants to find it.
- We believe the scriptures to be the Living Word of God – not an ancient legal document to be forced upon people today. We primarily focus on the Gospels which show us Jesus’ example and teachings and we interpret the Old Testament, Epistles, and our own lives in light of this Gospel.
What is God doing in our midst?
- Keeping us busy utilizing our talents.
- Making our spiritual relationship with Christ more personal.
- Uprooting the weeds, shaking things up – dirt is flying!
- Making us question things: question people – what are their real reasons for being involved in the church? Is the Church a Spiritual Community or a club?
- Opening doors and closing others.
- Comforting people.
- Creating challenges to overcome.
- Making us face changes – the American Revolution for freedom and justice continues!
- Challenging us to grow through education and learning.
- Foundational work – leading us into unsheltered territory.
- Deepening our Faith Spiritually.
- Deepening our understanding of the Gospel of Jesus.
- Deepening our sense of Community.
- Making us more vulnerable.
- We are becoming Spiritual beings!
What we would like to become:
A center for Christian Spirituality.
Holy Land Pilgrimage
October 31 to November 10, 2014
Organized by Fr. Earle King and St. Martin‐in‐the‐Fields Episcopal Church, Grand Island.
• Walk in the steps of Jesus.
• Visit Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum, Mount Tabor, the Sea of Galilee,
the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, Qumran.
• In Jerusalem, see Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Dome of the Rock, Yad
Vashem, Western Wall, and walk the Way of the Cross.
• Visit three Episcopal Churches in the Diocese of Jerusalem, learning how
Anglican Christianity is thriving and serving.
• Participate in frequent worship opportunities, and much more
Cost ‐ $1625 plus air
Detailed information at www.stmartinsgi.org
Contact Fr. Earle King at 716‐773‐3335, or email@example.com
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In our Sunday school classes the children are learning about Easter. They have made little story booklets to take home and share with their families during the Lenten season.
On Palm Sunday the children will lead the procession with palm branches they have made and wear crowns made of palms as they present through song to the congregation the verse, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the lord, Hosanna in the highest."
For Easter they will learn about serving others through experiencing the washing of feet focusing on to be like Jesus, we must help others. Jesus served his disciples by washing their feet. The Last Supper will be presented as a special supper. Jesus told his disciples to "Love each other. That's how people will know you love me." They will discuss the sad day when Jesus died and will focus on the happy day when the tomb was empty.
A young congregation doing things differently in Seattle
It's innovative. It's young. It's an Episcopal and Lutheran congregation, truly living into Called to Common Mission. It's the Church of the Apostles in Seattle, WA (Diocese of Olympia), and, to many, it's the face of the future.
The Church of the Apostles is featured in a new video in the groundbreaking series, Transforming Churches, Changing the World. Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communication, the video is available here. The video captures the congregation's energy in the exploration of faith. Church of the Apostles is located in Fremont Abbey Arts Center, offering innovative arts in the heart of the city.
According to the website, Church of the Apostles "is a young, emerging, Episcopal and Lutheran mission congregation, started in 2002. We refer to ourselves as 'an intentional, sacramental community in the way of Jesus Christ,' because in the story of Jesus, we have glimpsed God's future and know that "thiscouldchangeeverything." So our purpose is tohelpgodchangeeverything by participating in God's future within today's culture and our local zip code, living and serving in intentional, sacramental community in the way of Jesus Christ."
"Church of the Apostles is a model of what 'church' can be in a place like Seattle, or anywhere really," commented Mike Collins, Episcopal Church Manager, Multimedia Services. "Everything is based in tradition but tweaked to suit its local context. Clearly it's working and working well for them."
Prayer Shawls are available here at Saint Peter’s. If you are in need of a prayer shawl please contact the office. Pastor Virginia will meet with you and ensure that a shawl is made available to you, along with instruction. These shawls are free to those who are in need of them.
Coming to Saint Peter’s every Sunday or Thursday to follow and fulfill our spiritual path in life is wonderful. Our church home and family at Saint Peter’s is growing and becoming a place for everyone to feel safe and welcome. If you are interested in helping with any of the committee’s or just being a larger part of the church and service by giving your time, we would love to have you and your family volunteer.
We are always looking for parishioners that want to be more involved by welcoming them to do so. We always have room for our growing family.
Help Support the Community Kitchen!
Please help support the Westfield Community Kitchen. Food, voluntary services, and monetary donations of any kind are greatly appreciated. The Kitchen provides a necessary resource in our Community for Adults as well as Children to receive good meals.
We are looking for volunteers. Cooks are needed between the hours of 9 - 11AM (except Tuesdays). Kitchen help is needed between 10:30AM - 1:00PM. If you have any available time and would like to join the current team of dedicated and fun loving volunteers, you would be warmly welcomed. For questions, please contact either Scott Brasted at 753-6926 or Karin Cockram at 326-3436; e-mail the kitchen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participation in the Community Kitchen is a very rewarding experience!
- Coffee – Regular and Decaf
- Sweet & Low, Sugar, and Brown Sugar
- Spices – Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, Thyme, Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Cumin, etc…(All spices needed)
- Paper Products – Small Plates, Large Plates, Napkins, Cupcake Papers, Tin Foil (Heavy Duty), Cupcake liners, Large & Medium Storage Bags.
- Vegetable Oil
- Onion Soup Mix (Dry)
- Beef Broth and Chicken Broth
- Muffin Mix
- Cake Mix
- Dish Soap
Follow the Bishop's Blog:
Jerusalem Crossing is Bishop Franklin's blog - or online journal, of sorts. Through the "pages" of Jerusalem Crossing, Bishop Franklin plans to share his thoughts on various issues as he moves through his time with us as bishop. He hopes you will leave your comments and ideas in return. Jerusalem Crossing, he hopes, will become a way for the entire diocese to be engaged in conversations that can help to keep us informed, broaden our horizons, build our community and ultimately help us to better serve God's purposes here in Western New York. New posts will be added on most Thursdays. You can view all posts made thus far at http://jerusalem-crossing.com