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.

Worship & Programs


Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday offerings,

in person and online. 

Details here

Prayer and other resources here


We've moved to the next phase in our life during COVID-19


Dear Friends in Christ,


During these times of COVID-19 we follow the best practices for living during a pandemic:  social distancing, facial coverings and hand washing/sanitizing on all surfaces on all campuses of Saint Ann's, including the Nearly New Shop. When you come to campus for worship, a program or visit, please write down your name and contact information on the pad of paper provided should we need to be in contact with you. If you are not feeling healthy we ask that you delay your visit to Saint Ann's. We are readily available by phone, email or text!


 On Sundays the front door of the church will be open, as well as the accessibility entrance to the Griswold Room, but not the office entrance. Please be sure to sign in with the ushers  and sit in the designated spots.  Any questions? Please see an usher. 


Thank you for helping us stay healthy on and off campus.

Outdoor Worship series at Saint Ann's: "God's Good Earth:  Praise and Prayers for Creation" 

Wednesdays at 4pm


Join us for a weekday outdoor worship service featuring the text by parishioners Anne and Jeffery Rowthorn, "God's Good Earth: Praise and Prayers for Creation."


In this 30 minute service you are invited to bring an object from nature as a meditation or focus for our time together. We encourage you to bring your own chair or cushion.


Slow down and savor the beauty of God's Good Earth right here in the Memorial Garden of Saint Ann's. Wednesdays at 4pm.

Season of Creation worship service in the Memorial Garden

Scripture Reflection for October 25

Anchor Verses

We all have them - words and phrases to live by that we can quote any time of the night or day. 12 step programs require and swear by them- - powerful phrases and memorable verse that you quote at the drop of a hat, lifelines that you call to mind when you need to be rooted in something much larger than your own immediate problems and deep sorrows, horrific and scary as they may be.  


An anonymous and memorable quotation reads, "Man is an able creature, but he has made 32,647,389 laws and hasn't yet improved on the Ten Commandments." Not only had the Pharisees categorized and classified six hundred and 32 laws, they quibbled over which of them were most important. In today's Gospel, these leaders again make an attempt to trip up Jesus by challenging him to say which law is the most important one. As occurred in last week's Gospel, Jesus does not fall into their trap, but takes this challenge to a whole other level, when he tells them what is most important, what the real priority for living in community is all about.  


Jesus' calm confidence stems from the fact that he is an observant Jesus and familiar with the scriptures. He also knows the heart and mind of the lawgiver, God. From Jesus comes a response so simple, yet so profound, that effectively silences his challengers. The greatest commandment is to love God. The corollary or close second commandment after that great first one is too quite simple. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." This is one of my favorite anchor verses from Scripture. What is one of yours? 

Mother Anita                                                                                  

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OLD LYME, CT 06371

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