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. 

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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

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YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIRITUAL CAFE

Please join us on Saturday May 18th and the third Saturday of every month to celebrate the spirituality of compassion, social and economic justice, reconciliation, peace and joy through the arts.

This month, our featured musician is the incomparable actor, activist, poet, and vocalist VERNICE TURNER. We are also thrilled to welcome back our featured poet CLAIRE GAY.

This event is free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

If you're out for Porchfest this Saturday, why not stop by, have a snack, and enjoy some great local talent? We'd love to see you!

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Fourteenth Interdenominational Memorial Day Service at St. John's-Grace

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at 10:00 a.m., we will celebrate our fourteenth Interdenominational Service for Memorial Day here at St. John’s-Grace. 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.

Our purpose 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. We remind ourselves 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.

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Friends of Night People 

Our FONP Food Pantry for 2019 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 Enable JavaScript to view protected content. or Tracy Howland at Enable JavaScript to view protected content..

 

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!  

Our Book Discussion Group 

The St. John’s-Grace Book Discussion Group will begin conversations on a new book on February 3. The book is America: the Farewell Tour, by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, war correspondent and Harvard Divinity School graduate Chris Hedges. The book apparently takes a very dark view of a decaying American empire, and yet Hedges’ deep Christian roots are evident when he says, "We do not become autonomous and free human beings by building pathetic, tiny monuments to ourselves. It is through self-sacrifice and humility that we affirm the sanctity of others and the sanctity of ourselves. Those who fight against cultural malice … have discovered that life is measured by infinitesimal and often unacknowledged acts of solidarity and kindness. These acts of kindness . . . spin outward to connect our atomized and alienated souls to others. The good … draws to it the good. This belief – held although we may never see empirical proof – is profoundly transformative. But know this: When these acts are carried out on behalf of the oppressed and the demonized, when compassion defines the core of our lives, when we understand that justice is a manifestation of love, we are marginalized and condemned by our sociopathic elites."

Come and join us on the first and third Sunday evenings of each month at 7:30 downstairs in the Walter Lord Room. The book is available from amazon.com and in bookstores.

We discuss one or two chapters per meeting. The rules for discussion provide that everyone’s ideas are their own and no one’s ideas are to be criticized, so come and tell us yours!

So Mark Your Calendar's!!!