St. John's Through the Years




St. John’s Episcopal Church 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.  See the aerial view of Tibbett's Point Lighthouse, one of Cape Vincent's many beautiful attractions,  on the "Links" page along with a link to the local Chamber of Commerce.  Another quaint feature that draws folks to Cape Vincent is the seasonal ferry to Canada.  Horne's Ferry runs a daily schedule in the summer to Wolfe Island, Canada.  Patrons of the ferry can stay on this quaint island for the day or proceed on to the lovely city of Kingston, Ontario via another ferry.

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. Services were held in the Community House until the new church and parish hall were built and 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, quilting and yoga classes.  Our parish hall is flexible, multi-use, has a great kitchen and is available!    


There is a sense of community among the churches in Cape Vincent.  Often, the churches of different denominations work together on such projects as the local food pantry and annual Hymn Sing. Cape Vincent offers a true "small town feel."



*Our congregation, at St. John's,  is family.  Attendance fluctuates with the tourist season while maintaining a steadfast faith and hospitality.  Those who "winter" in the area genuinely look forward to welcoming the summer parishoners back every spring.  Our finances have been lovingly and painstakingly maintained in good faith.  We are generous in terms of outreach, yet fiscally responsible and stable.  St. John's embraces tradition in conjunction with progress, rather than opposed to it.  Some of the people in the pews represent families who have attended for generations, some have become Episcopalians in the last couple of years, and some are members of other churches.  Regardless of how long - or how often - one is in attendance, he or she will experience the feeling of family at St. John's.