The historic Captiva Chapel by the Sea will mark its 70th season of Sunday worship services Nov. 11 with the Rev. Dr. John Cedarleaf. His straight-forward style, caring demeanor and understanding of the Chapel's unique history is a natural fit for the island community.

"The setting and style of Captiva Chapel by the Sea opens possibilities for conversations that are deep and nurturing," said Cedarleaf of the Chapel's inter-denominational services.

The gentle breezes off the Gulf of Mexico and soaring ospreys and sea gulls combined with the gathering of people from different states, countries and faith traditions, along with the sounds of sacred music contribute to a soul-inspiring and spiritually uplifting experience.

From Nov. 11 to the end of April 2019, the Chapel is open for the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service and daily for visitors to learn more about how the early-1900s schoolhouse became a place where people come to pray, be baptized, join in marriage, renew wedding vows and more. In 2015, Chapel Cemetery and The Captiva School/Chapel by the Sea were recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.

Another highlight of the Chapel is the Christmas Eve Service. Close to 1,000 people make their way to sit inside the historic structure and also outside under the Christmas lights, sing familiar carols, hear the old, old story, and light candles in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Everyone is invited to drop by and perhaps make Captiva Chapel By The Sea a spiritual home. Find Chapel by the Sea on Facebook or visit the website