Welcome to St. Ann’s Episcopal Church!

COVID-19 UPDATE
 
St. Ann’s Vestry has made some decisions about how the parish can open as scheduled on June 21. The decisions are based on the following objectives:
 
  • To maintain the health and safety of the congregation, staff, and visitors.
  • To comply with all directives and guidelines of the State of Maine and Episcopal Diocese of Maine (including future changes).
  • To return as soon as possible to being a place where worship services and other liturgical ceremonies may be celebrated safely in person.
  • To provide alternative ways to participate in worship, meetings and programs.
  • To maintain an active ministry in the local community.
Based on the Governor’s and Bishop of Maine’s guidelines and requirements, we will adhere to the following:
 

In-Person Worship Services

  • Beginning on June 21 as scheduled, we will worship in person solely at the Seaside Chapel on Sundays at 8am and 10am. A Vespers service may be added in the late afternoon on Wednesdays.

  • If weather prevents worship outside, the in-person services will be canceled.

  • Anyone whose health might be compromised because of age and/or pre-existing conditions is strongly advised to attend our on-line worship service (see below).

  • All in-person worship services, including weddings, baptisms and memorial services will have 50 or fewer participants.

  • We will manage attendance via on-line and/or telephone sign up. (Details to follow in a separate email.)

  • Morning Prayer will be celebrated in lieu of the Eucharist.

  • We will not use hymnals or prayer books.

  • Printed copies of worship services will be provided for one-time use, and collected and destroyed following each service. We will also make the printed copies available online by Friday each week so they can be printed at home and brought to church. We highly recommend this practice.

  • Collection plates will not be passed. We will have stationary plates at the entrance and also invite you to make donations via our website.

  • As the safety of outdoor singing remains under review, we will suspend it pending further information. Our organist Ian Watson will offer music via the electronic keyboard, instrumentalists, and one or two vocalists.

  • All participants must wear masks or face coverings. We will make extra masks and hand sanitizer available at all gatherings.

  • A minimum of six feet of space must be maintained between individuals or family/household units. There is to be no physical contact (except among household members sitting together) or congregating at the Peace, before and following ceremonies, etc.

  • Prior to and following ceremonies, the chapels will be thoroughly disinfected/sanitized.

Online Worship Service

We will create a recorded weekly Sunday worship service that will include music and lay participation. The service will be available each Sunday via the church’s website and Facebook account.

Other Online Offerings

Vestry and committee meetings, Bible study, Centering Prayer and other offerings will meet via Zoom.
 

Access to St. Ann’s Property

We will make the property available to the public if we can securely rope off the Seaside Chapel and the Rectory. The Stone Chapel and public bathroom will remain closed and locked.
 

General Plans

We will continue to review best health practices, along with State and Diocesan guidelines, to be certain that all in-person worship services and other ceremonies at St. Ann’s can be safely attended at any given time as the summer unfolds.
 
We note that the foundation of all decisions is our God-given responsibility to protect everyone’s health and well-being while continuing to offer worship and spiritual sustenance as best we can in this challenging period.
 
 

We are a summer chapel that opens the middle of June and closes on the last Sunday in September. While we are a place of worship, we are pleased to welcome an estimated 20,000 visitors to the property each year. We hope you will enjoy the beautiful setting and find refuge in the quiet of our reflection garden, inspiration in the architecture and historical chapel, and rejuvenation while seated on the lawn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Kennebunk River.

Worship

St. Ann’s is an active, vibrant parish where people from all faiths are welcome to participate in Sunday services. Please click here for information about worshiping with us. 

Hours

Generally speaking, visitors are welcome to visit the property Monday – Saturday from 9 AM to sunset and Sunday (if not attending worship services) from 11:30 AM to sunset. The Stone Chapel opens when the property does but usually closes around 5:30 PM.

However, there are days and times each week, when the property and church are not open to the public because of wedding rehearsals and ceremonies, baptisms, and memorial services. If you are planning to visit on a particular day, please contact us to learn if there are any events planned that would limit your access to the church and/or property.

Protocol

Visitors are asked to wear shirts and shoes and refrain from smoking. You are welcome to picnic and we ask that you help maintain the property by taking all refuse with you. Our sexton, Reggie Sargent, is a wonderful ambassador and will be delighted to answer questions and share history about St. Ann’s.

Parking

Limited parking is available while you are on the property. Please do not park your car and take a walk along Ocean Avenue. You might return to find the gates locked and we would hate to have you wait until the next morning to retrieve it.

Pets

We welcome your well-behaved and leashed pets. Please be sure to take with you any “deposits” your pet might make on the grounds. Don’t be surprised if you encounter Josie, the church’s ambassador, during your visit. She patrols her domain regularly!