Worship and Study

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, now on summer hiatus until September 2017, 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 the Holy Eucharist is offered on all Wednesdays at 6:00 pm.

Enhancing Your Faith

Faith Formation
St. Ann’s offers faith formation opportunities including Bible studies, book discussions and contemplative prayer. These gatherings offer us new ways to explore and enhance our faith as well as to participate more deeply in our rich parish life.

We Are Pilgrims: An Adult Formation Series
Led by the Rev. Craig Townsend, Associate for Faith Formation
Sundays at 10:25 am and 12:45 pm

To say that life is a pilgrimage is not to suggest that we are journeying towards God, for God in Christ accompanies us always, every step of the way. It is instead to argue that attending to this companionship in faith is what allows is to see the holiness of our everyday life journeys. Sometimes it helps, though, to step outside our lives to undertake a physical journey with a holy goal to remember that we are constant pilgrims. The Rev. Craig Townsend, Associate for Faith Formation, invites us to contemplate the idea, the history, and the specificity of pilgrimage(s). This adult formation series is open to all.

September 24 ― We are Pilgrims: Overview of Pilgrimage
October 22 ― Pilgrimage in the Old Testament
November 12 ― St. Paul as Pilgrim
December 17 ― Pilgrimage in the Gospels

Wednesday Bible Study
All are welcome at our weekly Bible Study. We gather on Wednesdays at 12:15 pm in the Parish House for a 45-minute exploration of a selected passage of scripture. All who can are welcome and encouraged to join us.

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 Rector 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.