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 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

Book Study
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.

Summer Book Study
Sundays, August 9, 16 and 30

Join Pastoral Associate, Matthew Leaycraft, for a three-session exploration of The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind, by Cynthia Bourgeault, following the 11:15 am service and coffee hour.

Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal priest and well-known retreat leader. Her influential book The Wisdom Jesus offers a fresh exploration of the life and teaching of Jesus. Rather than an approach based on a belief system or specific behaviors, Bourgeault invites us to consider Jesus and Christian practice as an eternal force for the transformation of consciousness at the deepest level of our interior being. Our spiritual path is not so much one of knowledge, though it is that too, as it is one of union with the divine, an ongoing process characterized as wisdom in which we live more and more in and with Christ. The book is divided into three parts. We will discuss each part in succession, one per session. This material deserves a considered engagement, so it will be helpful to have read the material in advance. However, all are welcome to join the discussion.

Wednesday Bible Study
All are welcome at our weekly Bible Study. We gather on Wednesdays at 12:15 pm in the church 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 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.