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.   

Look for these Future Special Events:

Thursday, May 26, Ascension Day Evensong 7 pm (In lieu of Eastertide Sunday Evensong)

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Tuesday, May 31, 3pm in the Memorial Garden, Service for Memorial Day with prayers for the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Sunday, June 12, Bishop's visit during the 10:30 am service; baptisms, confirmations, reaffirmations and receptions; dedication of new office space, vestibule, and lift; followed by a festive coffee hour, and then the Vestry has a luncheon meeting with the Bishop.

Back by popular demand! The Joint Chiefs will be here at Saint Ann's on Saturday, July 2nd at 4 pm. Don't miss this great event!


Saturday, July 16, 8 am to 12 noon, Celtic Scholar John Philip Newell leads a retreat morning at Saint Ann's.

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Essex Meadows Schedule

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 Bible Study with Mother Anita

3rd Monday at 11am Hymn Sing with Alden Rockwell Murphy

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

5th Monday (if/when it occurs) at 11am Hymn Sing with Alden Rockwell Murphy


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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