First and foremost....

As Christians, we are followers of Jesus Christ,
our Lord, & we believe in the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.

The Episcopal Church has members in the United States and

the territory of Puerto Rico; and also in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Venezuela,

Curacao, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia,

Taiwan, and the Virgin Islands.

 

  • We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.

  • The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.

  • Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages.

  • Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests, and bishops.

  • We believe in the amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.

  • Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.

  • Holy Communion may be received by all. We know that Jesus would welcome all to His table.

  • We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.

  • We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous.

  • Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.

  • We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.

  • We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.

  • All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

 

            Secondly....

  • St. Simon's is a Christian church.

  • We don't claim to have all the answers.

  • Your questions, thoughts and ideas are encouraged.

  • Youth and connecting with our South Buffalo community are high on our list of priorities.

  • All are welcome to be Baptised here.

  • Everyone may receive Holy Communion at God's Table.

Interesting facts about the Common Lectionary....

 

A lectionary is a table of readings from Scripture appointed to be read at public worship. The Lectionary (1969, revised 1981) 
developed by the Roman Catholic Church after Vatican II provided for a three-year cycle of Sunday readings. This Roman lectionary 
provided the basis for the lectionary in 1979 edition of The Book of Common Prayer, as well as for lectionaries developed by 
many other denominations.

The Common Lectionary, published in 1983, was an ecumenical project of several American and Canadian denominations, developed out of a concern for the unity of the church and a desire for a common experience of Scripture.

It was intended as a harmonization of the many different denominational approaches to the three-year lectionary.

The Revised Common Lectionary, published in 1992 and officially adopted by The Episcopal Church in 2006, takes into account 
constructive criticism of the Common Lectionary based on the evaluation of its trial use, and like the current prayer-book 
lectionary, is a three-year cycle of Sunday Eucharistic readings in which Matthew, Mark, and Luke are read in successive years 
with some material from John read in each year.

Text from:  https://www.bcponline.org/