Shoreline and Essex Soup Kitchens: Members of the parish contribute their time and effort at two local soup kitchens, cooking, serving, and cleaning up. Saint Ann's volunteers every six weeks in Essex at St. John's Episcopal Church, and four times a year at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, as scheduled by Shoreline Soup Kitchens, Inc.
The Sewing Ministry: Offering our gifts and the work of our hands, volunteers can be found working at sewing machines, cutting fabric, counting out notions, and sewing by hand. There is wonderful fellowship and spirit in the shared sense of ministry and mission. No super skills required, just a desire to be part of something which serves others. Volunteers give as much time as is comfortable for them, either in communion in the sewing room or at home.
Caribbean Connection: Saint Ann's has had a relationship with the Island of Hispaniola for years. We are involved via scholarships, missionary support, layette ministry, and have hosted Dominican clergy and nuns. Saint Ann’s has sent intergenerational work teams to the Dominican Republic to join in mission work with the churches there. Our interest also includes supporting needs such as schools, wells and food in the bateys (Haitian communities around sugar cane fields), and supporting the Vacation Bible School.
If you have a passion about guiding these ministries and helping to discover new ways of bringing Jesus' love into the wider community, consider becoming involved. Broad parish involvement is highly encouraged.
Community Garden: The purpose of our garden is to provide healthy, organically-grown vegetables to local soup pantries, community groups, and our own members; to teach our members, especially our children, how food grows, how we are all linked to the earth, and how our bodies, souls, and community are nourished by a garden; to build a sense of community among our members; and to teach us all essential lessons about God’s abundant provision for our needs, the unity of the created order, and Christian hospitality. The enthusiastic crew of gardeners, The Hot Tomatoes and Spice Peppers, always welcome new members, either with or without gardening experience. Follow the progress of the last year's garden here.
The Saint Ann's Nearly New Shop is a consignment shop for the resale of clothing and an array of other items like furniture, jewelry, household items, collectibles and linens. Goods are accepted on consignment and as donations. The Nearly New Shop is supervised by a full-time manager and part-time assistant managers. Currently there are 30 volunteers who perform varying duties at the shop.
Live@Saint Ann’s is an outreach program of Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church created to cultivate fellowship opportunities, encourage creativity and enrich the cultural life of our Shoreline community through the presentation of a broad array of musical programs. This committee is always open to new members with fresh ideas on the musical landscape of our area. Read more on our Musical Performances page.