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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


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

CT Early Music Society Festival 2024

All-Bach Program

Saturday, June 1, 5pm


Founded in 1982 by a group of early music devotees, the New London-based Connecticut Early Music Society presents an annual festival of between six and nine concerts each June. The term “early music” refers both to a repertory (European music written before about 1800, encompassing medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical music) and to an approach to performance (“historically-informed performance,” including the use of period instruments). Performers and scholars of early music seek to discover and present music from times past and to explore a repertory of music that is otherwise little known.

Tickets and more information at


The Spiritual Adventure of Henri Matisse: Author’s Lecture

Sunday, June 2, 4pm


Saint Ann’s is pleased to announce a presentation by The Reverend Charles Miller on his new book The Spiritual Adventure of Henri Matisse on Sunday June 2 at 4:00pm in Saint Ann’s Griswold Room.

Miller will discuss Matisse’s groundbreaking design work on the Dominican Chapel of the Rosary in Vence, France, which is explored in both narrative and full color illustrations throughout the book. Through a remarkable synergy between Matisse and the Dominican co-creators of the chapel, Matisse—then in his eightieth year—designed the entire decorative program for the building, including the extraordinary stained-glass windows of this chapel. Matisse considered “the strong midi sunlight almost as an element of the building. It will intensify the whiteness of the simple exterior and crescendo the colour of the brilliant stained-glass windows.” In short, Matisse’s vision was that this be “ ‘a church full of gaiety—a place which will make people happy.’ “ (Rosamund Bernier, “Matisse Designs a New Church,” Vogue, USA, February 15, 1949)

In addition, Miller reveals how the personal story of Matisse’s life found expression in this building and how Matisse, in his final years, embraced an intentional artistic and spiritual path through his creative collaboration with local artisans and his Dominican partners of France’s Catholic Church.

Miller’s lecture will be illustrated with slides of the lavish illustrations from his book.

A reception will follow the lecture; all are invited to attend the lecture and the reception. Books signed by the author will be available for sale after the presentation.

About the Author: Charles Miller, an American by birth, read Classics and received his doctorate in theology from Oxford University. He has taught theology, church history and spirituality in the UK and Russia. Ecumenical interests have shaped his intellectual world and guided his life-long interest in the plastic arts and the theology of beauty. He currently serves as Team Rector of the Parish of Abingdon-on-Thames in England. Charles is the brother of Laura Lee Miller, a Saint Ann’s parishioner. 

To purchase the book in advance of the lecture, Henri Matisse: A Spiritual Adventure

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