Worship Services

Worship Services

St. Ann’s offers opportunities for worship throughout the week, including a service especially friendly for children.

Early Church, Sundays at 9:30 am – Early Church offers an opportunity for folks and families on the go to worship early on Sunday morning at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity. The service is kid-friendly and just a half-hour long, including Holy Eucharist.  Early Church makes it easier for us to welcome people of all ages to become part of our community. Members and friends of St. Ann’s can help support this effort to grow by spreading the word among the earlier risers you know!. (Sunday School follows Early Church, from 10:15 am to 11:00 am.)

Holy Eucharist, Sundays at 11:15 am – St. Ann’s main service with Communion takes place every Sunday. When a second priest is present, this service includes the laying on of hands and anointing for those who desire prayers for healing.

Weekday Services – A service of Evening Prayer is said the first Wednesday of the month, and a service of the Holy Eucharist is offered on all other Wednesdays at 6:00 pm.

 

Enhancing Your Faith

This fall, St. Ann’s Associate for Parish Life, Matthew T. Leaycraft, will lead two new faith formation opportunities for Bible Studies and Contemplative Prayer. We will also continue to offer Lectio Divina on Wednesdays. These gatherings offer us new ways to explore and enhance our faith as well as to participate more deeply in our rich parish life. Everyone is welcome.

Bible Study – Letters to the Early Church: Epistles of James, Peter and John
Sundays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, following the 11:15 service coffee hour.

The letters of James, Peter and John were written at the dawn of the Christian church. In exploring these testaments of faith and spirituality, we become companions, witnesses and co-creators with the earliest members of the Christian community. In the years following the resurrection, believers and lovers of Christ struggled, as we do, to understand better what it might mean to be a Christian. These letters to early communities help inform our own understanding. What does it mean to live life following Christ? What is Christian identity? How do we relate to the world and others around us? How do we find God through Christ at the center of all things? Together we will read and explore the texts over four Sunday in October following the 11:15 am service coffee hour.

Wednesday Contemplation Group
Wednesdays from 1:00 to 1:30 pm in the church

The world is too much with us late and soon. William Wordsworth

As true as these words must have been for Wordsworth writing in 1802, how much more so for us now with the constant sensory and informational overload that characterizes our experience today. The irony is the more connected we become, the more we tend to be disconnected from the deeper reality of our inner selves and life in and with Christ. Our psychic and spiritual health is at risk, perhaps even more than we know.

A simple, but challenging spiritual practice will help us feel more centered and grounded. Regularly spending time in contemplation can draw us closer to God. Using contemplative prayer, we are able to acknowledge the internal and external noise of life as it arises and let it go so as to discover a deeper inner silence and stillness. We enter this practice without a specific objective or expectation, except to let the silence inform our hearts, unfolding over time.

Join us for twenty minutes of contemplation this fall. We’ll gather in the church for our first meeting on Wednesday, September 17. All are welcome. No prior experience or particular skill is needed. Just bring yourself.

Wednesday Lectio Divina
Wednesdays, 10:30 am to 11:30 am in the church

Join us for a special form of Bible study that incorporates meditation and reflection on a particular passage of scripture.

 

Baptisms

Baptism
Before seeking baptism for oneself or for family members, you should attend St. Ann’s as a regular member, because those baptized are part of the parish family that continues to nurture and expand the Christian experience.

For the infant or child to be baptized, both, or at least one, parent must themselves be baptized. Godparents should definitely be Christian, or if not, at least one should be Episcopalian. Adult candidates must acknowledge a genuine desire to become a Christian and attend a series of pre-baptism instruction. Parents, godparents, and sponsors undertake this preparation on behalf of infants and children to be baptized. Baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil (the night before Easter Sunday) or during a Sunday service on a few prescribed days during the year. The service of baptism can be found in The Book of Common Prayer. To discuss baptism, contact the Rector.

 

Weddings

Wedding
Couples wishing to be married at St. Ann’s, including same-sex couples, should attend St. Ann’s regularly, and then contact the Priest-in-Charge, to discuss their intentions, possible dates, and the costs involved. (This should take place before making any arrangements with photographers or others.) It is preferred that the couple be active members of the parish, but it is not a requirement. At least one of the couple must be a baptized Christian. If there has been a previous divorce for one or both individuals, the priest must obtain permission from the Bishop of the Diocese of Long Island in order to perform the ceremony. This process can take several months. Several pre-marital counseling sessions with the priest are required. These meetings permit the couple to examine their own relationship more deeply and to confirm their understanding of the commitment of marriage. The ceremony itself conforms to “The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage” in The Book of Common Prayer. To discuss a wedding, contact the Rector.
 

Funerals

Parishioners are encouraged to include funeral plans and other final arrangements in their wills. The deceased need not have been a member of St. Ann’s. For all arrangements, contact the Rector.