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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

Swords to Plowshares Northeast

April 14 at Saint Ann's


We are pleased to host a presentation by the Right Revered James E. Curry about Swords to Plowshares on Sunday April 14 at 9:30 in the Griswold Room. Bishop Curry will also be presiding and preaching at both the 8:30 and the 10:30 services on April 14 at Saint Ann’s.

Sword to Plowshares Northeast is a non-profit organization based in New Haven, CT, that invites people to give in their guns to GiveBacks and BuyBacks and then in partnership with local police departments destroys the guns and transforms them into gardening tools and jewelry using traditional blacksmithing and woodturning skills.


Demonstration at noon! At noon that day, Bishop Curry will set up his forge in the parking lot of Saint Ann’s for a demonstration of how weapons are transformed into tools of life.


All are welcome to attend the talk, as well as the demonstration.


Bishop Curry was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1985, retiring in 2014 as Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, a position he held for 14 years. He is a founding member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence. He is convener for the Swords to Plowshares Ministry Network of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and is a co-founder and Chief Blacksmith of Swords to Plowshares Northeast in New Haven. He works with faith communities and secular organizations throughout the Northeast to create public witness to challenge violence through the transformation of guns into garden tools, the expansion of community gardens, educational programs with youth empowerment programs, creative liturgy, the arts, and legislative advocacy.

Soup & Cinema is Back


Your Becoming Beloved Community committee is pleased to announce the return of our Soup & Cinema series this April!! The discussions will be April 10th and 24th from 6:00-7:30. We invite parishioners to watch the selected movies ahead of time, at home, and gather on those two Wednesday evenings for conversation. This year we feature films that focus on the themes of transformation and justice. Watch these, see what you think; then join in fellowship to talk about them!


A sign-up sheet is in the Griswold Room—please sign up if you’re interested so we know how much soup and sustenance to provide!!


Stream the movies at home, or we have DVD’s of the movies available at Saint Ann’s to sign out. DVD’s of the movies are available at most local libraries.

April 24, Hidden Figures


This great historical film shines a light on black excellence during one of the most important times in US history. It presents the untold true story of three brilliant black women, employed by NASA as aerospace technologists, who are finally given a chance to do their jobs—and excel at them. The film speaks eloquently to the simple respect due to each and every person because he or she is human. Hidden Figures is a story of greatness and achievement demanding acknowledgment.


Join in the Walk to End Homelessness

Sunday, April 28


12:00pm gather at Parade Plaza, New London

1:00pm walk begins

Join with your fellow parishioners—and invite other friends—in the 17th Annual Walk to End Homelessness!! Sponsored by the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, this important—and fun!!—event will help provide myriad resources for those facing homelessness, such as connecting people with services and federal programs; promoting job readiness; running a housing resource center; and even providing some permanent housing.


The battle against homelessness is ongoing—YOU can help in any of the following ways:


Buy a Ticket: And join in the walk! You can join Saint Ann’s team by registering and paying a participant fee online, or by registering and paying in person the morning of the event.


Support a Walker: By making a donation. You can go online and find the name of a Saint Ann's participant—or participants!!—and support them with a monetary donation! Alternately you can support Saint Ann's walkers by making a personal donation on April 14 (after 10:30 service) and 21 (after 8:30 and 10:30 service) in the Griswold Room. In-person donations are easy!!


There will be live music at the event with opening remarks at Parade Plaza starting at noon—THESE ARE FUN! Do plan to join in the festivities. Other local non-profits will also be present to inform you about their work. Come see for yourself the strength of our community as we come together for a common cause.


There is no cost for children under 12 (no T-shirt). In the event of rain, an alternative venue will be announced.


See Carolyn Kilroy or Kathy Rowe for questions.

Event Calendar

Click on an individual event for more details.

Caring For This Fragile Earth,
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