What We Believe

Calvary is a parish within the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York. This means that Calvary is part of the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, whose members trace their spiritual lineage to the Church of England. 

Anglicans, as members of the Communion are generally called, typically pursue God’s love and truth through Scripture, tradition, and reason. The Anglican ethos values patience and tolerance, and generous participation in the cultural life of the world.

We profess two creeds in the Episcopal Church: the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Apostles Creed is the ancient creed of Baptism. The Nicene Creed summarizes the beliefs of Christians. Read both here.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not Episcopalian. Can I come to your church? 

All are welcome, regardless of faith, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age. Not to put too fine a point on it: all are welcome.

I have small children. Can we attend services? 

By all means. Calvary is family-friendly, and your children may either remain with you during services or you may take advantage of Sunday nursery care. There are also a number of Sunday School opportunities.

Am I welcome to receive Holy Communion? 

In the Episcopal Church all baptized Christians are welcome to the Lord's Table at Calvary Church. If you have questions or wish to know more about  Holy Communion, you are welcome to speak to our clergy.

Are  there core Doctrines of the Episcopal Church? 

The Episcopal Church believes that there are four “… principles of unity exemplified by the undivided Catholic Church during the first ages of its existence …” And they are:

The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as containing all things things necessary to salvation, and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.

The Apostles’ Creed as the Baptismal Symbol; and the Nicene Creed, as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.

The two Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself – Baptism and the Supper of the Lord – ministered with unfailing use of Christ’s words of Institution, and of the elements ordained by Him.

The Historic Episcopate (i.e. bishops), locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the Unity of His Church. 

What makes Calvary Church unique?

We are well known for our strong music program.