St. John's - Grace Episcopal Church
An inclusive community walking a journey in faith.

Welcome to St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church

Mission Statement
Our mission is to go out into the community and partner with our neighbors to work for justice for all.
Everyone is Welcome at Jesus' Table! 

We are a community who gathers in faith to walk together into the mystery and experience of love, grace, hope and healing. 

We invite you to join Us!!!  ___________________________________________________________________________

Worship Services  - Sundays - Holy Communion - 8:30 am & 10:30 am

 (Use the front door of the church on Colonial Circle at Bidwell or the door on Lafayette Ave)
Come as you are, dress is casual or whatever you prefer.

8:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist (spoken)
10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Music, Congregational Singing


A Message from your New Rector

Rector’s Blog - August 9th, 2018

I’m happy to say as the new Rector that I have hit the ground running in this exciting and joyous journey – not alone – but with the support of the people of St John’s-Grace.

I arrived with some dishes, pots & pans, and clothes on Tuesday August 1st at my new apartment on Parkdale near Forest. Many people were so helpful in bringing in things I needed for the apartment.  Thanks for your generosity!

I have enjoyed walking to church each day, seeing the beautiful summer gardens, shopping at Guercio’s, and meeting new friends on the sidewalk along the way.  One of the highlights was chatting with six Yemeni children on Parkdale who were delighted to hear me speak some broken Arabic learned in Saudi Arabia.  The joy we shared face-to-face combats the hateful rhetoric we usually hear from our current president and his followers.  As Jesus’ people, loving God and loving all of our neighbors is what St John’s-Grace is all about. 

I am honored to be part of the lived Gospel at SJG.  On Sunday August 5th, I presided at the Holy Communion and delivered the homily for the first time at 8:30 and 10:30.  We celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration.  We too had the beautiful mountain-top experience of Christ Transfigured and the Glory of God in our beautiful, Episcopal Liturgy.  Our beloved Priest Associate, Fr Deacon, concluded in the dismissal, “Now Our Service Begins.”

Leaving the mountain top, we ventured out to begin our service distributing food and visiting with folks at Friends of Night People food pantry on Tuesday, and taking refugees from Vive to the Bisons game on Wednesday.   The fellowship we shared with one another and neighbors old and new is priceless treasure in the Kingdom of God.

On Saturday August 4th I met with the Healing Ministry Team and we read the Holy Scriptures (Luke 9:1-6) and prayed together – exploring how Jesus calls, empowers, and sends us out to heal.  I was inspired by the testimonies of those who suffered, were healed, and filled with love, compassion, and a desire to heal others.

Reflecting on my first week as Rector, I am amazed at how the people of SJG have been working so hard for years to keep everything running smoothly.  Ushers, greeters, acolytes, altar guild, chalice bearers, healing ministry, music, counting the collection, rotas, facilities, worship committee, parish administrator, sextons, lectors, flowers, bulletins, food and drinks for fellowship after the service – WOW! – everything is in place and running smoothly thanks to a dedicated group of folks – the body of Christ who love, serve and worship God. 

I am deeply honored to walk with you.  – The Revd Jon F Lavelle


See a biography of Father Jon on: Our Journey - A Message from the Leadership at SJG. 



As always, it was an amazing event getting to be with and getting to know our new friends from Jericho Road/Vive. Watch for our story to appear very soon on our NEWS page.

Friends of Night People 

Our FONP Food Pantry for 2018 is well under way. Thank you to all who have 
volunteered to participate in this ministry.

When:               1st Tuesday of every month
Where:              FONP Facility at 394 Hudson St. Buffalo
Time:                 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Other:                Arrival time is 6:45 pm to help with set up
                          Parking is on the street – use the side door entrance
                          2 volunteers bag the food
                          2 volunteers assist the patrons with their food selection
Just because our roster is set, volunteers are always welcome.  If you are
interested in joining us, please feel free to contact Deb Vranich at
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SJG Fish Fry (Dinner) Group

Our group meets on a Friday selected during the month. We pick local restaurants in the area to gather. We meet at the restaurant at 6:30 pm sharp for dinner and socialization. If you would like to join us, please call Marian Stelter, at 886-1322, to make your reservation.


Monthly Spiritual Cafe

The Spiritual Cafe occurs on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 4:00 pm.  We celebrate the art of spirit and the spirit of art!  Next event is Saturday September 15th at 4:00 pm in the church.  


Our Book Discussion Group 

Book Group will Discuss Reza Aslan’s God: A Human History

The St. John’s-Grace Book Discussion Group will begin conversations on a new book on August 5th. The book is Reza Aslan’s God: A Human History. In his Introduction,the author describes his book as “an appeal to stop foisting our human compulsions on the divine,” and seeks “the key to a more mature, more peaceful, more primalform of spirituality.”

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings of the month at 7:30 pm in the WLR (lower level).  All are welcome to join in the conversations.

So Mark your Calendars!!!