Becoming a Member Saint Ann’s Parish and the Episcopal Church

ConfirmationVisitors and newcomers are always welcome to participate in our worship, ministries and programs. The church is welcoming of people from all traditions, and our calling is to be hospitable to all people, regardless of creed.

If you who would like to make a formal association with the parish please contact the Parish Administrator by email (office@saintannsoldlyme.org) or by telephone at 860-434-1621.

We attempt to nurture a strong sense of community which embraces a willingness not only to tolerate, but to celebrate differences. The worldwide Anglican (Episcopal) Communion encompasses a multitude of ethnic and cultural traditions. Our unity is in Christ, not in conformity of opinion.

We hold to a heritage that takes the Bible seriously, but is not bound by literalism. The Bible is a collection of books written over many centuries, which must be seen in their historical, literary, and cultural context. The Bible is taken as the Word of God; it speaks with a rich, complex, and varied tone. To pull verses out of the comprehensive context of the Scriptural canon is to do the texts a disservice.

We are devoted to the Biblical sacraments instituted by Jesus, which evoke awe and mystery. We believe that God is at work in these sacraments, Baptism, and Holy Communion, being primary.  Our worship has a ceremonial, formal and aesthetic quality that contributes to the sense of the presence of God, and honors the gathered community as the people of God.

We believe that all persons have a role in ministry. Ministry is rightfully the obligation and privilege of every baptized person. We are all ministers, not just the clergy. The Church declares that every person has a ministry in his or her vocation. It is the role of the Church to prepare persons spiritually for these tasks and for a life:  rooted in the Christian faith and in God’s purpose.

Chapel on the Green Feeding the homeless

Why ?

Here are some reasons why many people have chosen to become members of the Episcopal Church:

  • Our worship is not passive
  • We worship God as a community that is gathered both physically, and spiritually, in prayer.
  • Our worship is our liturgy, which means (literally) it is “the work of the people”.
  • We strive to believe that every human being is a whole person on a journey becoming who God calls them to be.
  • We worship with our minds, hearts, and bodies – hence the postures of sitting, kneeling and standing.  We hope to allow you to depart our worship experience with a renewed spirit and purpose, in your service to Jesus Christ, in our world.

photoOur theology demands our intelligence, not our submission.

God gives us minds to think.

Our theology is never static, as it is always informed as we open our ears and hearts to the Scripture, honoring our evolving traditions, and informed by our God-given ability to openly discuss and reason. We are called to be Christians in our own time, as a people who are attentive to the Word of God, as it is given in the present time, to us.  We believe that through the power of the Holy Spirit God continues to speak to us, the people of God.

 

Liturgy:

The term “liturgy” is a transliteration of the Greek word “liturgos” meaning “the work of the people.” While a priest presides at the Table for the Eucharistic feast, performs baptisms, and dismisses the congregation’s services, we strongly encourage the involvement of lay leaders.

 Lay Leaders

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Acolytes

Acolytes assist the priest, leading the movement of the Liturgy of the Word and serving at the altar during the Eucharist.

Adult Acolytes are appointed for the 8:30 service.
Youth Acolytes (5th through 12th grade) assist at the 10:30 service.

Contact: The Office (860-434-1621)

Lectors

Lectors are designated to read the Old Testament and Epistle lessons within the Sunday services.
Lectors are scheduled on a rotational basis throughout the year.

Contact: The Office (860-434-1621)

Element Bearers

Element Bearers are appointed to present the gifts of bread and wine for use at communion. They are carried forward during the offertory hymn.
Element Bearers are scheduled on a rotational basis throughout the year.

Contact: The Office (860-434-1621)

Ushers

Ushers look after many of the details of Sunday worship. They greet parishioners and help seat them, take the offertory and present it, direct parishioners to the altar rail, and prepare the nave for future services, turning off all the lights.
Ushers are scheduled on a rotational basis through the year.

Contact: Ted Mundy (860-434-5674)

Chalicists

Two designated roles within worship require licensing by the Bishop of the Diocese. They are Chalicists and Lay Eucharistic Ministers. Persons seeking to be licensed must be presented by the Rector and approved by the Vestry. Licenses are issued annually.

Chalicists assist the priest with the distribution of the elements of communion for all Sunday services.
Chalicists serve on a rotational basis throughout the church year.

Contact: The Rev. Canon Mark K. J. Robinson (860-434-1621)

Lay Eucharistic Ministers

Two designated roles within worship require licensing by the Bishop of the Diocese. They are Chalicists and Lay Eucharistic Ministers. Persons seeking to be licensed must be presented by the Rector and approved by the Vestry. Licenses are issued annually.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers take communion to persons who are shut in immediately after Sunday services. They make home visits and lead a short service of communion for those who are unable to be present at the church.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers serve as needed, generally on a bi-weekly schedule.

Contact: The Rev. Canon Mark K. J. Robinson (434-1621)

Choir

The choir leads the music ministry at the 10:30 Sunday service from September-June. Special works are scheduled for Christmas, Holy Week and Easter.
The Choir rehearses on Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:00, and on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:00.

Contact: Violeta Chan-Scott (739-6069)

Altar Guild

Altar Guild members dress the altar, set the table for all services including weddings and funerals, remove and clean linens and vessels after services, arrange flowers for the altar, and order all supplies such as wine, linens, and candles.

Altar Guild Members are scheduled according to the service needs of the church by the Altar Guild Director.

Contact: Diane Rogers (434-0780)