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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 on the shoreline since 1883. 

We invite you to come and see us at Saint Ann’s Sundays as we share the love of God in Jesus Christ. Join us during the week for community events, educational programs and fellowship opportunities. Learn about our commitment to addressing poverty, homelessness, refugee resettlement, food insecurity and climate change.


Be with us in person and virtually in discovering God’s abundance and joy. 


The Rev’d Dr. Anita Louise Schell, Rector

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.

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 communication: in person, one to one; in print, signage, social media, and marketing.

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.”

Save the Dates

Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Mother Anita's Ordination to the Priesthood. 

Sunday, June 16


Saint Ann’s Episcopal Parish invites the public to join the celebration of their rector’s 40th anniversary of her ordination to the priesthood on Sunday June 16.


The anniversary will be celebrated in worship at the 8:30 and 10:30 services and at a festive reception following the 10:30 service.  


The Rev. Dr. Anita Louise Schell was the first woman ordained to the priesthood at Trinity Church Wall Street in 1984 and was one of a handful of women ordained as Episcopal priests the first decade following the July 29, 1974, ordination of the “Philadelphia 11.”

Today women make up half of those ordained to the priesthood each year in the Episcopal Church nationwide. Roughly one third of all Episcopal priests are women. There are almost 4000 female priests and bishops in the Episcopal Church.


There is much to celebrate in this 40th anniversary of Mother’s Anita’s ordination to the priesthood. Please join with her local parish, Saint Ann’s, as they honor her career and her devotion to ministry.


A native of Lancaster, PA, Mother Anita has for over 40 years served in congregations and schools in New York City, Philadelphia, Vermont and Rhode Island. She holds degrees in music, English literature, and world religions from Brown University, and advanced degrees from The General Seminary and The Episcopal Divinity School. Mother Anita describes the “profound joy” she has found in her calling to serve God and follow Jesus in ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.


Long Table Farm CSA Distributions at Saint Ann's

Fridays in summer and fall, 4:15pm - 5:15pm


Beginning June 7th, and every Friday through October 4th, from 4:15 to 5:15, Long Table Farm of Lyme will distribute purchased CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares at Saint Ann's.

Details on our Creation Care Resources page:

Annual Parish Picnic

Sunday, June 23


Please come to the Parish Picnic after the 10:30am service on Sunday June 23rd. Get to know your fellow parishioners, invite a friend to be our guest, and bring the kids to play on the playscape.


Saint Ann's will provide hamburgers and hotdogs with all the fixings as well as corn and watermelon. Please bring a summer dish to share like salads or desserts.  

Will be held outdoors weather permitting, or indoors in the Griswold room if not.


Please email or to RSVP and let us know who and what you're bringing! 


Our last Sunday with 2 services will be June 30th.


From the first Sunday in July through the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, we offer one Sunday Worship Service at 9:30 am, alternating Rite 1 and Rite 2 each week.

Event Calendar

Click on an individual event for more details.

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