Saint John Episcopal Church

365 Strawtown Rd
New City NY 10956
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 9am-1:30pm
  • Tue: 9am-1:30pm
  • Wed: 9am-1:30pm
  • Thu: 9am-1:30pm
  • Sun: 9:30am-12pm

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<p>St. John's Episcopal Church in New City was incorporated three days after Christmas in 1866. At the time, the Rev. E. Gay Jr. held services at the Rockland County Courthouse. The following year, the congregation began erecting its own church building a few blocks away on a 1/4 acre corner site donated by Charles W. Root on Main Street, New City. The quaint framework structure reflected the rural tenor of the surrounding countryside.</p> <p>It wasn't until the mid-1950s that St. John's was finally able to obtain a full-time rector. This was due to the area's influx of World War II veterans with their families, changing the area to a suburban community. By 1956, a new rectory was added behind the church and the following year discussions began on raising money for a new church. The opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River in the late 1950s began a surge of new housing development in Rockland County, spurring interest in the need for larger quarters. In 1960, land was donated adjacent to Lake DeForest and by January 1963, the church was completed with the rectory built by December of that year. With 155 children attending church school by 1966, the addition of an education wing was contracted in late 1967. Stained glass windows were designed for the church in 1968.</p> <p>St. John's has a music program, a youth program and adult education programs as well as a variety of other religious, cultural and social programs including an annual art auction.</p> <p>St. John's is a part of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. As such, it is&nbsp; part of the larger community, the world of the Anglican Communion. Church members are involved with local, diocesan and world programs to benefit and share with others. St. John's is a ONE Episcopal congregation that seeks to support and advocate for the eight Millennium Development Goals as adopted by the United Nations, which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.</p>