About Us

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St. Peter’s Church Mission:  “Loyalty to Christ

“As members of the body of Christ we are directed to care for one another and to reach out beyond our Church in the name of Christ’s love. Our ministry is expressed by all members through our worship, prayer and action, celebrating the diversity and generations in out community.”

St Peter’s Episcopal Church Welcomes You

  • As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • The Episcopal Church has members in the United States, as well as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, 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.
  • We welcome men and women, married or celibate, to be ordained as bishops, priests, and deacons.
  • We believe in 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 baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
  • 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.

Worship

Please join us for worship on Sunday mornings to celebrate Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am or 10:00 am. Following the 10 o’clock service we gather in our parish hall for refreshments, fellowship and Christian education classes for all ages.

We are a family friendly church and welcome children to participate in our worship services. We also offer nursery care for children during the 10:00 am service.

Sunday Worship Services

9:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I

History

Started as an Episcopal Mission established by Bishop William Heathcote DeLancey, first bishop of Western New York in 1853, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church has since then flourished.

Dr. James Rankine and Bishop DeLancey

Dr. James Rankine – First Rector (1861-1896). “His life, his character, and his work richly entitle him to a place among the immortals.” History of Geneva, J.H. Monroe, Humphrey Press, Geneva, NY 1912.

Bishop DeLancey appointed Rev. Dr. James Rankine in 1861 to head the Theological Training School later DeLancey Divinity School at Geneva. Dr. Rankine conducted Sunday services near the present site of the church in a rude wooden chapel. Dr. Rankine intended to build a fine church. He spent several years gathering pledges and gifts and planned the structure with Dr. Richard Upjohn of New York City, an architect regarded as “The father of English Gothic in America”. The cornerstone was laid on May 13, 1868 with some 2,000 persons in attendance. The new church, constructed of red/brownstone was erected during the period of 1868-1870 and was consecrated as a memorial to Bishop DeLancey. A fine square tower housing a set of bells was later erected in 1878. This building sits at the corner of Genesee and Lewis Streets in Geneva.

Also a builder of souls, Dr. Rankine held classes at the divinity school and personally prepared over 100 men for ministry including several eventual bishops. Nearby Hobart College, then in crisis, called Dr. Rankine to be its president. During these years as rector, teacher, fund-raiser, college president as well as husband and father (enduring the death of four of his children), Dr. Rankine persevered.

Later Rectors

Rev. John Brewster Hubbs (1897-1914)
Rev. Kenneth Bray (1914-1924)
Rev. Howard Hassinger (1928-1944)
Rev. Norman A. Remmel (1944-1972)
Rev. Smith Lain (1972-1980)

Current Rector – Rev. James H. Adams (1981-Present)

Reverand James H. Adams

Reverend James H. Adams

Father Adams continues in the tradition of Dr. Rankine. In 1986, captivated by the early history of St. Peter’s, Father Adams and the parish began a restoration of the church building. The goal was to restore the gothic architecture in accord with the original design of Dr. Upjohn and Dr. Rankine; and to create a space for worship supporting the present version of the Book of Common Prayer. Now restored, the church building is preserved. This restoration has strengthened the neighborhood and community. Under the direction of Father Adams and Suzanne Adams, his wife, a program called “Neighbors Night” was started with the intention of fostering a positive relationship between the children of the immediate neighborhood and the people in the pews. The program continues to flourish some twenty (20) years later offering children, on a weekly basis, a hot meal, caring fellowship, fun and all the while carrying the message of the love of Jesus for each person. The church also installed a fine pipe organ, which has strengthened the music program at the church and also served to initiate an arts program at the church. The arts program now includes four (4) choirs and expert voice, piano, and strings instruction.

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