Fr. 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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The Chapel of St. John the Divine
Episcopal Church

170 Mott Farm Road • PO Box 92 • Tomkins Cove, NY 10986 • 845-786-5203
Route 9W North. After Tomkins Cove Library, TURN LEFT onto Mott Farm Road


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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!


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.

Healing Service on the last Sunday of each month.



Upcoming events - November 2015

SUNDAY, November 1 - at 10am: All Saints Day

TUESDAY, November 3 - 6am - 9pm: Election Day

WEDNESDAY, November 4 - at 9:30am - 11: 30am: Crafts Workshop

THURSDAY, November 5 - at 2pm: Diocesan Altar Guild Woman

THURSDAY, November 5 - at 6pm - 8pm: North Rockland Food Pantry
To volunteer, contact Avis: 786-5280

SUNDAY, November 8 - at 10am: Baptism of Lauren McMahon

SATURDAY, November 14 - Episcopal Diocese of New York Convention - Cathedral of St. John the Divine; NYC

SUNDAY, November 15 - at 11am Coffee hour: Move furniture for floor refinishing

SUNDAY, November 29 - at 10am: Healing mass; Bring non-perishable food for food North Rockland Food Pantry

SUNDAY, November 29 - First Sunday of Advent

Bishop Shin Advent candle

SUNDAY, December 6 - Second Sunday of Advent; Bishop Shin visitation


Looking back on past events:

Yard Sale 2015

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.

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Environmental Conference Flier 2014

Diocese Committee on the Environment holds conference at Trinity Church, Ossining – Finding Courage. Finding Hope. on October 11, 2014

Paul Gally Riverkeepr

Paul Gallay, president of RIverkeepr, Inc. the premier environmental watchdog organizaiton that
protects the Hudson River and is based in Ossining, NY, was keynote speaker at our conference.

Joanne - Allison


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 tour


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.




History Roundtable

Stony Point History Roundtable:
Iona Island attracts over 50 people

More than 50 people attended the Stony Point History Roundtable program by Doc Bayne titled" Iona Island: A History Not Forgotten," held on Sunday, September 19, 2010. The series is sponsored by the Stony Point Action Committee for the Environment (SPACE) and St. John's has hosted a number of the meetings.

Doc Bayne presents to people from church and community on Sept. 19. Photo: George Potanovic, Jr.

Fr. Dearman blessing the fleet

Fr. William Dearman of The Chapel of St. John the Divine, Tomkins Cove, NY, leads a Blessing of the Fleet at Haverstraw Marina, Haverstraw, NY. Boats and their owners were blessed in a tradition that protects the fisherman for a safe return home, as they go out to sea.


Clearwater-Fishing Net Sunday School

Updated 11/01/15

The traditional blessing of the fleet:
Boaters receive blessings as they sail Haverstraw Marina

On Saturday, May 17, 2008, a beautiful sunny day, Fr. William Dearman, the Vicar of The Chapel of St. John the Divine in Tomkins Cove, NY performed a "Blessing of the Fleet" at the Haverstraw Marina, Haverstraw, NY. The "Blessing of the Fleet" is an old tradition relating to the feast of St. Peter, patron Saint of fishermen all over the Christian world. The ceremony basically consists of asking for "Divine protection" for those who risk their lives harvesting the sea. At the Haverstraw Marina on the Hudson River , there are not those who make their living harvesting the sea, but there are 1,000 boats owned by those who also spend countless hours on the river and at sea. They too need a blessing to come back safely. Ann Vitale, warden at The Chapel of St. John the Divine, said, "We were vividly reminded of the dangers a few days ago when a boater was washed up on the rocks along the Hudson just two miles north of the church. He was luckily spotted by a kyacker who called 911."

Some traditions also have a floral wreath laid in the water as a memorial to those who have been lost at sea. Fr. Dearman first laid a wreath out on the river and then blessed a parade of boats that passed by the wharf that leads out to the river. As it was such a windy day, several boats could not make it out to the far wharf, so he also walked to the other wharves, blessing those who were moored.

Krystal Cerna, the office manger at Haverstraw Marina who organized the event wrote a note of thanks to Fr. Dearman and the church that said, "I just wanted to tell everyone at St. John the Divine that I am so thankful you all helped us out on Saturday. I am truly lucky to have found such a wonderful parish and such a fantastic Father for our service!"

It was a touching and meaningful ceremony. It is God's blessing that all boats return safely from the waters and it is God's blessing for a bountiful harvest. Ann Vitale



Easter Sign Sunday School Play