The Chapel of St. John the Divine
Episcopal Church

170 Mott Farm Road • PO Box 92 • Tomkins Cove, NY 10986 • 845-786-5203


Fr. William Dearman

Rev. William Dearman, Vicar


Ann Vitale, Warden
Shirley Gizas, Jr. Warden

Barbara Connor
Joanne Potanovic
Bob Rennie
Dan Rosco
George Ewald, Treasurer
Patricia Johnson, Vestry Clerk





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Sunday school is for children and teens
and meets each
Sunday at 10:00 am

St. John's is where kids are welcome!

Our Sunday School consists of reading the scripture or lessons, talking about it and then turning the readings into a brief play that we perform in church for the congregation. The plays are written by the children and often involve costumes and singing during the performance, which usually lasts for under 2 minutes. All younger children and teenagers are welcome to join us at 10am each Sunday. Please call with any questions. Baptisms are by appointment.

Please call Fr. Williiam Dearman for more information.

Visit our Sunday School children on YouTube!


Coffee Hour

Mardi Gras Monday

StJD Crafters

Looking back on past events:


GIANT Yard Sale: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time 8:30am - 2:30pm

Come to the BIGGEST, MOST GIANT Yard Sale in North Rockland with the best prices!
Held in our parking or inside the parish hall if it rains.

YES! Donations are still being accepted! (no TVs or computer displays)

Please call Shirley Gizas at 942-2290 or email:

Sail on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Monday, April 27, 2015 from 3pm - 6pm

You’re invited to sail with us on Clearwater. Celebrate the
| 150th Anniversary of the Town of Stony Point & the
25th Anniversary of SPACE!

Monday, April 27, 2015
Leaving 3pm from Haverstraw Marina • Returning 6pm
Adults: $50 • Students $35 (up to age 18)
Food & beverage included

Call 845-429-2020 or
to reserve your spot!

CLICK HERE: Download Clearwater Flier


Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 7pm:
Singer/songwriter, Marianne Osiel to perform
"The Gift in Gratitude," a concert for Thanksgiving

Professional singer/songwriter and North Rockland resident, Marianne Osiel will perform a special Thanksgiving concert, "The Gift in Gratitude," at the Chapel of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church coffeehouse, located in the parish hall at 170 Mott Farm Road, Tomkins Cove, NY on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 29. Doors will open at 7pm. Admission is a $5.00 donation. Coffee and tea are free, cakes and cookies will be on sale. All are welcome. Go to or call 845-429-2020 for more info.

Originally from California, Marianne Osiel moved to New York after years in the music business in Nashville Tennessee, where she could be seen by day and early evening playing oboe with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and by late night leading her own band, the Delta Elements. Marianne's work as a recording session musician can be found on hundreds of recordings, from classical to country to pop and beyond. She has opened for Bo Diddley at the Bottom Line, soloed at the Blue Note with Nanci Griffith and performed as a multi-instrumentalist with John Hall, Robbie Dupree and David Amram. As a singer songwriter, her style could be likened to the introspective poetry of Patty Larkin or Shawn Colvin, the raw edge of Melissa Etheridge, and "focussed sass" of Bonnie Raitt – and Marianne brings an essence distinctly her own.

Listen to her music at:


Earth Day Flier

Mardi Gras Monday at St. John's
Pancake Supper, Karaoke and Lots of Fun!

Our annual Mardi Gras Celebration was another great time for all this year, complease with lots of decorations, beads, feather boas and masks! We enjoyed a delicious pancake supper, prepared by George Ewald. New Orleans Music on the CD was by Buckwheat Zydeco. A big hit was our Karaoke signalong, hosted by Dan Rosco and accompanied on piano by our music director, Chris Bankey. We played the "bead game," where each person tries to get the other to say the word "pancake," "syrup," or "sausage." If you are tricked to say the word, you must give up on of your bead necklaces. The FIRST PLACE winner was little Harper, Fr. Dearman's grandaughter!

Iona Island: A History Not Forgotten
Come Hike Iona Island on
September 29, 2012 with Doc Bayne

The Stony Point History Roundtable is holding this field trip as a followup to the presentation at our church by Doc Bayne earlier this year. The walk is sponsored by the Historical Society of Stony Point:

Date: Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM - everyone welcome.

Plesae call 845-942-5030 or e-mail to let the historical society know you are coming. Field trips meet on Iona Island.

Drive in and meet at the kiosk near RR tracks.

Sunday service at 10am

All are welcome to our Sunday service at 10am. The last Sunday of every month is our Healing Service. As we ask for God's help, we try to help others. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for Stony Point food pantry. The need is greater than ever. Coffee hour follows at 11am. All are welcome.

Healing Service on the last Sunday of each month.

Upcoming events - Easter 2016

Easter Service
10am: SUNDAY, March 27 - The Sunday or the Resurrection with special music
11am: Festive coffee hour & Easter Egg Hunt!


STJD Foot Washing

STJD Garden Watch

Looking back on past events:
Images & Reflections of South Africa
SUNDAY, January 3, 2016 at 1pm - Parish Hall

Please join us for a presentation by Gail Hovey and Pat Hickman who willl share photos and stories of their trip to South Africa in the Spring of 2015. Gail has been connected to South Africa for 50 years, beginning in 1964, the same year Nelson Mandela and his colleagues were sentenced to life in prison. This trip took Gail and Pat to Elim in northern Limpopo Province, where Gail had lived 1966-1967, and to KwaZulu Natal where she was an official election observer in 1994 when Mandela became the first president elected by all South Africans. Working for the journals Southern Africa Magazine and Christianity & Crisis, and for the American Committee on Africa and Grassroots International, Gail was engaged for decades in anti-apartheid journalism and activism. This trip back to South Africa for Gail in April of 2015, after 21 years, was a time for her to revisit the past, experience the changes that have occurred and take in the challenges ahead. This was Pat Hickman’s first visit to South Africa. Pat is an artist with a studio in the Garner Arts Center and she is Professor Emeritus, Art Department, University of Hawaii. The trip took the two women to Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu provinces where they visited artists’ cooperatives and individual studios to view the artwork of embroiders, wood carvers and pottery makers. Their time in South Africa ended with a few days in Cape Town to visit old friends, take the ferry to Robben Island, and get a taste of yet another part of this vast and complex country.

We will also be joined by Tomkins Cove resident, Ellie Kassner and her husband, Charles James, who is South African and president of the Rockland Community College African Student’s Union. Charles will describe his experience growing up in South Africa and, with Ellie, will share some photos from their traditional Xhosa wedding.

Our presenters will share images, reflections and conversation. All are welcome.


tag sale 2015

Super Giant Yard Sale - 2015

Sale on Sloop Clearwater - 2008 & Spring 2015

Maryanne Osiel

Thanksgiving Coffeehouse Concert - Fall 2015


Paul Gallay, president of Riverkeeper, addresses our Episcopal Diocese of New York Environmental Conference - Finding Courage. Finding Hope. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Ossining, NY on October 11, 2014.

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