Welcome to Saint Ann's Parish

Welcome to Saint Ann’s Old Lyme, an Episcopal Church in Connecticut on the coasts of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound. We have been a welcoming community in this landscape since 1883. 

We are in the time of COVID-19, and our lives have changed forever. It is a time to deepen our faith and stay connected.


The sign on our front yard reads, "The voice of prayer is never silent."  Prayer courses through us like the waters of the estuary on which we sit. Prayer is our lifeline to God and to one another. Prayer is as vital as the air we breathe and the water we drink.

In the midst of uncertainty and death, we know that love is contagious, and that resilience and hope are stronger than any fear of the unknown we possess. May our prayers this season of COVID-19 be our consolation and our faith be our strength and guide. In the words of Hymn 594, "God grant us the wisdom and courage for the facing of this hour, for the living of these days.”


Stay connected! Pray with us. 

The Rev’d Dr. Anita Louise Schell

Provisional Priest-in-Charge

Saint Ann's Mission Statement

We are a community of Christians,

open to all who serve God in Jesus Christ through worship, education, mission and fellowship.


Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday offerings,

in person and online.

Details here

In-person Worship Resumes at Saint Ann's

Dear dear friends in Christ: 


What a great blessing to welcome you back as we resume Sunday in-person, indoor worship. Until September 12 there will be one indoor Sunday morning Holy Communion service, at 9:30am as well as a recorded service on our website (available by Tuesday). Individually wrapped hosts will be distributed for Communion and consumed at your seat or upon leaving  the church. No wine will be distributed.  Worshippers may sing with their masks on. I am so very glad that you are with us.

Cherish and Celebrate on the Connecticut River

June 15 and June 26, 2021

June 15 will be a time of worship both in person in Old Lyme, CT and through Zoom, beginning at 6:30pm. This will be followed by members of the Connecticut River Conservancy speaking, briefly, about their own care for the river. People may register for either option here: 



June 26 will be a “Choose your own River Activity Day” at Riverside Park in Hartford. Folks may choose from paddling with Bishop Ian, walking with a member of the CRC, planting a tree with Jack Hale from Church of the Good Shepherd, Hartford, or exploring the park on your own. All will join together for a time of worship at 12:30pm, led by the Rev. Jorge Pallares of our Cathedral and featuring Mixashawn Rosie of the River Tribes. Following worship, you’re invited to bring a picnic lunch and visit with your fellow Episcopalians from up and down the river. You may register for any of the activities here: 




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New schedule for Essex Meadows residents begins in June


All programs are in Hamilton Hall. All worship services include hymn singing.


1st Monday at 11am Holy Communion with Mother Anita


2nd Monday at 11am Hymn Sing with Donna Stamm


3rd Monday at 11am Bible Study with Mother Anita


4th Monday at 11am Holy Communion with The Reverend Patricia Hames


5th Monday (if/when it occurs) at 11am Hymn Sing with Donna Stamm

Parish Goals

Grow deep and wide in the love or our Lord; deepen ministries within our parish and expand ministries beyond our parish.

Spread the love of God in Jesus Christ in all aspects of our communication.

Explore and put in place a “right sized” model for our parish. In all aspects of our common life, develop a plan to live within our means.

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