Welcome to St. Peter's!!           

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.


Why should I be an Episcopalian? The Rev.

Katherine Jefferts, the 26th Presiding

Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the

United States, responds:


Civil War Weekend at St. Peter’s

During the weekend of June 8th & 9th, the McClurg Museum of Westfield, NY, will be holding their annual Civil War weekend. In commemoration of our community’s history on Sunday June 8th, the 10:00 AM service of Holy Eucharist will be conducted from the 1854 Book of Common Prayer. If you think the church and its services have not changed before, come experience this service! Note: Period costumes are optional and are welcomed.

Of notable interest is William Henry Seward’s (May 16, 1801 – October 10, 1872) connection with St. Peter’s. As a politician, Seward served as the: 12th Governor of New York, United States Senatorand the United States Secretary of Stateunder Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Seward was adamantly against slavery. He became a formidable candidate in the Republican Party. But, in 1860he would lose his party’s presidential

Seward went on to become a member of Lincoln's wartime cabinet and helped to prevent the intervention of foreign influence. On the same night of Lincoln's assassination, Seward survived an attempt on his own. Seward came to Westfield in 1836 and served as an agent for the Holland Land Company. He would move to the McClurg Mansion after spending the first two months living at the village tavern.

Come and be a part of our community’s live and historical events.

Faith in Practice - Life Changing Medical Mission

"About Us -
Mission Statement
The mission of Faith In Practice is to improve the physical, spiritual, and economic conditions of the poor in Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical and dental mission trips and health-related educational programs. Our mission is based on an ecumenical understanding that as people of God we are called to demonstrate the love and compassion that is an outward sign of God's presence among us. Faith In Practice's life-changing medical mission is to minister to the poor, while providing a spiritually enriching experience for our volunteers."

Please help in supporting the Ecumenical effort of "Faith in Practice" as they deliver the care so desperately needed. One of our own parishioners, who is a nurse, will be making another trip this year! Your prayers and support will create life changing moments for both the patients and volunteer's.

More information can be found at: http://faithinpractice.org/

A variety of donations can be made by going to: http://faithinpractice.org/ways-to-give

Check out their video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya-k_UVL2dc&feature=player_embedded

Peter's homeless efforts receive recognition:

"‘Tiny house’ effort builds at area church

February 16, 2014

WESTFIELD - It's stating the obvious to say that a small village church congregation can't do anything about the frigid temperatures terrorizing the region this year.
But what they have done is start an active and tangible conversation about how to help those who are totally homeless and on the street on nights that have boasted temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero.

The Rev. Virginia Carr of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Westfield explained, "In the month of December, we had a number of people seeking assistance from us."

The interior of the portable shelter has insulation, a sleeping bag for warmth, and electric lighting. Frustrated by the lack of access to resources for people who have come to the church in need, congregation members organized the construction of the shelter, which has already been occupied.

Not an uncommon situation for a church organization. However, what was uncommon was the noticeable lack of resources for a homeless person in need of basic support systems.

"We started having a discussion, about the fact that it's not easy to access resources, particularly in this area, especially if you have no vehicle or means of transportation. For these smaller villages, particularly along the lake shore, like Ripley, Westfield, Brocton, it's difficult to Select to read more

get a person to Jamestown or even Dunkirk to access resources, and even if you're able to do so, you may have limited timing or operating hours to work with," stated Rev. Carr.

One family that sought help from the church, fortunately, was able to be relocated nearer to family in Pennsylvania, however, the vestry was still aware of people who are squatting, or are entirely exposed to the elements year round.

"There are people out there that are truly transient," explained Rev. Carr.

A 'tiny house'

St. Peter's Senior Warden Dean Eggert began researching shelter ideas as members of the vestry started discussing and brainstorming ideas to meet the needs of those right in their own village who were transient, and were shuffling from space to space to seek shelter from cold nights.

A Westfield native himself, Eggert stated that although he and his wife Marty had assisted in getting people that needed help to the best resources available, "I guess I was in what I would call the majority of people for whom maybe ignorance has been bliss, maybe by choice or maybe because I hadn't paid attention, that there are people living on the street. I have since become cognizant of that and we were really flummoxed at what to do as a solution. Our county does the absolute best it can with the resources it has to offer, but those resources aren't always easily accessible."

As a personal interest, Eggert has been following what is known as the "tiny house movement," a phenomenon that is spurring people all over the world to downsize their personal living space to under 400 square feet for economic and environmentally responsible reasons. Creative pioneer, Paul Elkins, who specializes in similar "emergency deployment shelter" builds was a jumping off point for Eggert to conceptualize the idea of a portable shelter to house someone off of the pavement.

After learning more about an Episcopal Church parish in Eugene, Ore., who organized with the entire Eugene community to form a portable shelter village called "Opportunity Village," the idea began to grow legs and the vestry started thinking communally in its initial desire to help a handful of transient people in need. Volunteers from the church congregation lent their hands to construct the shelter out of basic materials and held an official blessing of the structure during their Sunday Coffee Hour. Despite limited parking space at the entrance of the church, the structure was out in the parking area for just a short period of time before it was officially occupied.

"Our portable shelter can be moved with two adults, it's approximately 4 by 8 feet and 38 inches in size, it can get someone out of the elements, it's ventilated, has electric lighting and a heated warming pad, and is equipped with other essentials that the church has donated. We wanted to have some place safe for someone to go out of the weather. But more importantly, hopefully we can unite the community. All of us are in the same boat with population decline, economic decline. To truly survive, we have to start pooling our resources and started thinking united, instead of divided," stated Eggert.

A $300 project

With church organizations, school and community groups and civic organizations in abundance in the northern Chautauqua region, St. Peter's hopes to have interest generated in growing the construction of the portable shelters. The cost to construct the initial prototype was $300.

"How many of us can easily spend $20 on dinner once, if not more times per week? If just 15 people donated $20, we could construct a second shelter and place it wherever it's needed. This one little shelter could be a pebble in the water. It might not be a complete answer to the problem, but if there's a need in Ripley or in Brocton, we would be stepping out in the right direction to address those needs. This could be a grassroots effort that wouldn't cause people to worry about the 'red tape' of a solution getting in the way," he added.

Rev. Carr agreed.

"There are still a lot of issues to be addressed, we're not naive. But too many times in life, we can become paralyzed with obsessing over the details. We wanted to just be bold and act and we can always work out the bugs later," she stated.

So far, the Rev. Carr has been approached by Brocton Central School Superintendent John Hertlein to inquire about the project. Although she stated she hasn't personally heard good or bad feedback about the shelter, she hopes that even negative responses will aid the mission of the shelter.

"Our initial start to our conversation sought to find a permanent solution to meet the needs of people who were sleeping on the street or occasionally in our foyer; to raise awareness about this situation; and to get others to come together to find a better solution. Yes, we have wonderful resources here in New York state but for this particular area, they're not easily accessible. In the Episcopal Church, we strive to be relevant to our community. We want to make a difference, not just be considered our own little group. Our Soup Kitchen here at St. Peter's has operated for 20 years, which meets the needs of having a hot meal,and having socialization," Rev. Carr stated.

Eggert noted that the ministry of the soup kitchen, operated by Sharon Ackendorf, reaches beyond its goal to meet the community's needs as well.

"If Sharon knows of a need one of our folks has, she will go out of her own way to provide whatever she can. Our kitchen is in operation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and our church is open to anyone during Sunday services. It has truly caused us to ask, 'What else could we do?' We would like to start taking donations for personal hygiene products, simple medical supplies, anything that could benefit those in need in our community," stated Eggert.

Both remind any organization or individual volunteers that if the willingness exists, St. Peter's will be open for the physical construction of another portable shelter. A complete list of materials is available at the church office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and can be reached by calling 326-2064. The church vestry is also willing to deliver a completed structure to wherever one is needed in hopes of helping get even one more person physically off of the street.

"At St. Peter's we would like to be considered 'of Westfield' not just 'located in Westfield,'" stated the Rev. Carr.

For more information, both remind volunteers to contact the church office. Paul Elkins' designs can be found at www.elkinsdiy.com and more information on Eugene, Ore.'s Opportunity Village can be found at www.opportunityvillageeugene.org."

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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 padreking@aol.com

Amazon Order's Benefit St.

Every Amazon order can and will raise money for St. Peter's. With every order you place to Amazon, St. Peter's will receive a percentage of the proceed's. Please use the link provided for all your order's. Enjoy shopping and raising money at the same time!!! We appreciate your support. Click here for our link: Amazon Orders

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Prayer shawls

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.

Get involved

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 westcommkitchen@gmail.com. Participation in the Community Kitchen is a very rewarding experience!

Needs/Wish List:

  • 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
  • Vinegar
  • Ketchup
  • Onion Soup Mix (Dry)
  • Beef Broth and Chicken Broth
  • Muffin Mix
  • Cake Mix
  • Dish Soap


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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. 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