|Date Posted||September 14, 2021|
Long Island (Claire Woodley)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Housing||Housing for 5|
|Communicants in Good Standing||372|
|Average Sunday Attendance||102|
|Child Population in Church School||20|
|Teacher Population in Church School||10|
St. Anselm's is a dynamic can-do congregation. They are willing to explore new avenues of church growth in depth and size. They have discovered a resilience and commitment to the future through the experience if the pandemic that they did not know they had and are feeling a new surge of energy as a result. They have a pre-school, St. Anselm's Academy, built as a primary community outreach, attached to the church which has been engaged to assist the town in providing universal pre-k that is bringing some financial stability back to see them through the pandemic. It is a town filled with possibilities and the location on the North Shore of Long Island beings potential for both Winter and Summer congregations. St. Anselm's is also adjacent to institutions of higher learning and scientific exploration that adds to the richness of community intellectual life. This community welcomes families of all kinds.
The congregation experienced financial difficulties in the pandemic but are on the rebound. The congregation reflects the surrounding community that has people across the political spectrum. Despite there being a growing Latinx community in the town there has been no move yet to reach out to these neighbors.
The Rev. Canon Claire Woodley, Canon for transitions at firstname.lastname@example.org