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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


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.

Face masks are optional at all services in our church.  

Parishioners and visitors are to asked to respect and lovingly support those who continue to wear masks.  

Parishioners and visitors are responsible for respecting appropriate social distancing in all areas of the church.   

The Giving Tree will be up on 

November 27, the First Sunday of Advent!

Cards with their specified gifts will need to be returned to Saint Ann's by December 11. We will be partnering with LYSB, New London County’s Child and Family Polar Express, and with Covenant Shelter (for mothers and children experiencing homelessness).

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Read more on our Musical Performances page. 

Christmas Worship Services

  • 12/24 - Christmas Eve at 4 pm - Christmas Story and Holy Eucharist: Please join us for this warm, friendly service which tells the Christmas story and encourages participation of all children in attendance. Music by the Choir, organ and trumpet will enhance our worship. And you'll be home in time for dinner!

  • 12/24 - Christmas Eve at 10 pm - Savor this late night Christmas Eve service that abounds with the sounds of Christmas. Strings, organ music, choir and traditional Christmas carols and sermon are a part of this festival communion service.

  • 12/25 - Christmas Day at 9:30 am - Come worship the newborn king this holy morn at Saint Ann’s. This morning service includes organ music, hymns, sermon and Holy Communion.

Event Calendar

Click on an individual event for more details.


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.