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St. Philip’s Episcopal Church-Buffalo, was founded in 1861, the same year as the start of the Civil War, and one year before the Emancipation Proclamation. This was a period of much northern migration of emancipated slaves. It was within this historical climate that about 30 parishioners met as the first Negro Episcopal Congregation of Buffalo. St. Philip’s is proud of its history as the seventh oldest African American Episcopal congregation in the United States.
We extend an invitation to you and all of Western New York to share our 150th Anniversary celebration. Join us and find your niche among the many exciting and rewarding ministries, small groups and programs of St. Philip's.
Today, a variety of beautiful and committed groups and programs exist at St. Philip's. Much of the real ministry of our church exists in small clusters of commitment and prayer. We are guilds, study groups, mission councils, demographic groups, prayer groups, committees, and classes. Each of these groups has a different function; but, together, we comprise the living body of St. Philip's Episcopal Church.
St. Philip's encourages all members to be a part of a group, whether by volunteering for outreach projects, or attending a class. It is through fellowship that we develop relationships, and through those human relationships we grow closer to God. Our myriad programs and fellowship groups provide wonderful opportunities for being in a relationship. Fellowship can be strictly social, as is the case with some groups, but it can also be a combination of social, service and study components. St. Philip's invites you to explore the options and know God through community.
You may become a member of the St. Philip's even if you were not baptized in an Episcopal Church. If you are not baptized, simply contact The Rev. Gloria Payne-Carter at 716.833.0442, and she will connect you to the next Confirmation Class leading to baptism. The Confirmation Class is a good way to learn more about the church even if you do not want to be confirmed in the Episcopal church at this time. All are welcome to attend!