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Capital Building Projects

Phase II Progress 2021


Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Lift Up Campaign to make our campus accessible to everyone! The lift is finished and ready to use.

New plants and shrubs are here. Last week Ballecks Garden Center finished our landscaping from the Capital Campaign Project and also replaced a shrub at the Nearly New. The majority of plants chosen are native species to support our ecosystem and promote our participation as a pollinator pathway site. 

Saint Ann's Parish Completes the Capital Campaign and Capital Projects: 

Saint Ann’s Parish continues to Reflect, Restore, Renew and give thanks to God, our donors and the many hands that worked diligently since 2017 on the Capital Campaign and the execution of the Phase I and Phase II projects. 


For many years, Saint Ann's has been working towards making our church handicapped accessible, so that all may access our building and worship together.  We started by adding a handicapped accessible ramp to the Griswold Room and followed in 2018, as promised in Phase I of our Capital Projects, with a fully accessible and stately entrance into the new Narthex and our refurbished Sanctuary.  The church interior and exterior has been painted, the windows replaced in the Sanctuary and new ADA compliant exterior doors added to our front entrance.

Phase II added two fully accessible bathrooms on the first floor. In addition, we removed the steps that separate the Griswold Room and kitchen from the new Rector’s office, the Parish Administrator’s office and Rear Entrance, allowing all first-floor spaces to share the same floor level as the Sanctuary. Our new Rear Entrance now has improved visibility and security doors to align with safe church practices.  A passenger lift now connects the first floor with the lower level completing our goal of providing access for all. 

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Construction of Phase II began in November 2020 and was completed in March 2021. We carefully worked on the renovation of our interior with our contractors and staff through COVID-19. We are pleased to share the renderings of the first floor and the new Rear Entrance to our church offices. The Phase II work also allowed us the opportunity to restore the Phase I exterior work caused by the storm damage of Hurricane Isaias.

Finally, to fulfill our goal to make the entire church accessible, the lower level of our church is now accessible to all with the addition of an automatic passenger lift that connects the Nursery, Godly Play, the Sewing Room, and other meeting spaces to the first floor. 

The successful completion of our Capital Campaign and the building projects ensures Saint Ann’s accessibility today and for generations to follow. Now, our parishioners and guests from the community can attend all services and events at the church and can easily access the facilities on our lower level.

We thank you so very much for your generosity and continued support of Saint Ann's Parish. 

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Phase II Progress

Exterior Renovations

Making the old new again at St. Ann's in Old Lyme

From The Day

by Carol Carlson

“On Oct. 8, 1883, was established a Mission at the village of Black Hall in Old Lyme,” as recorded in the Journal of the Diocese of Connecticut. That mission has grown to become Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church, now located at 82 Shore Road.

On Nov. 17, 1955, ground for the church was broken, a new beginning for the Episcopal Church in Old Lyme. The building was dedicated on Aug. 12, 1956.

In 1959, the Mission became fully self-supporting and was commissioned a parish. In 1963, additional space was added to house 11 classrooms, a library/meeting room, kitchen and small offices.

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Interior Renovations