St. John’s Episcopal Church, one of the Episcopal River Parishes, is located in Cape Vincent, New York. A picturesque village at the eastern end of Lake Ontario and the headwaters of the St. Lawrence River, our community’s farming and agricultural roots remain strong, punctuated by a robust vacation population from late spring to mid fall.
St. John’s was established in the mid-1800’s. A fire in 1999 destroyed the original 1841 structure. The healing presence of God was evident as donations poured in from village, township and America without regard to religious affiliation. A new church and parish hall were soon built and were dedicated in 2001. The church seats 75. A pair of folding doors separating the nave from the parish hall can be opened to accommodate two dozen additional people. Our parish hall is used for Coffee Hours following Sunday services, vestry and annual meetings. At this time we host a variety of community, in-house and fundraising events, receptions, book studies and yoga classes. Our parish hall is flexible, multi-use, has a great kitchen and is available!
Services are Eucharist-centered and follow the liturgical norms of the Episcopal Church including joyful organ music and hymns. St. John’s Church is “yoked” with Christ Church in Clayton, New York, another “River” community, where our rectory is located. Clayton has a somewhat larger year-round residency with more retail/commercial activity. The village mirrors Cape Vincent in its seasonal population fluctuations.