St. Ann’s began the program year with an original arts-based curriculum entitled Instruments of Peace, funded by a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. The four-week series was designed for adults and children. Photos of the Sunday School children’s participation can be seen here.
Instruments of Peace focused on the life and legacy of St. Francis and his concern for peace-making and included a variety of opportunities for adult participation. Three exceptional guest preachers at the 11:15 am Holy Eucharist service connected St. Francis’ message to our life today. A group created an original peace song honoring the medieval troubadour tradition of Francis’ time. Parishioner and expert birder Donna Evans headed a bird-watching walk to identify local birds. The north garden along Clinton Street was transformed into a Peace Garden. The culmination of Instruments of Peace on October 6, 2019, was a Festival Holy Eucharist service preceded by the dedication of the Peace Garden. The annual Blessing of the Animals, a favorite of the community took place followed. Click on image for slideshow.