St. Anne's Episcopal Church (Middletown, Delaware)

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Old St. Anne's Church
Old St Anne's Church Middletown DE1.jpg
Front of the church
St. Anne's Episcopal Church (Middletown, Delaware) is located in Delaware
St. Anne's Episcopal Church (Middletown, Delaware)
St. Anne's Episcopal Church (Middletown, Delaware) is located in the US
St. Anne's Episcopal Church (Middletown, Delaware)
Location 105 St Annes Church Road
Nearest city Middletown, Delaware
Coordinates 39°26′09″N 75°42′47″W / 39.435900°N 75.713110°W / 39.435900; -75.713110Coordinates: 39°26′09″N 75°42′47″W / 39.435900°N 75.713110°W / 39.435900; -75.713110
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built 1768
NRHP Reference # 73000519[1]
Added to NRHP March 7, 1973

St. Anne's Episcopal Church is a historic parish in Middletown, Delaware, that was created in 1704 as a mission of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts[2] The present parish church is located at 15 East Green Street, while Old St. Anne's Church and its graveyard are located at 105 St Annes Church Road, about a mile south of Middletown. On March 7, 1973, Old St. Anne's was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Rector: The Rev. Russ Bohner, TSSF[3]

Rector Emeritus: The Rev. Carl N. Kunz, Jr.

Christian Education[edit]

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Preschool- 4th grade)- Our Sunday school program provides a nurturing and loving environment for our children to experience and be engaged while developing a personal relationship with Jesus, The Good Shepherd. The Level 1 Atrium is for Preschool and Kindergarten and Level 2 Atrium is for those in grades 1 to 4.

Journey to Adulthood - This program develops the spiritual journeys of our middle school and high school students and is divided into 4 age specific groups:

  • Club 56 - After completing our Sunday school program, our youth, grades 5 and 6, participate in a two-year program using curriculum created for preteens called FLYTE, from LifeWay Christian Resources. This curriculum teaches our preteens about church as a community through service and inquiry and prepares them for life in and out of their faith.
  • Rite 13 - This is a program for grades 6-7 or 7-8. The first 2 years celebrate the individuality of each young teen and their creative potential, while exploring Biblical stories of God and God’s people. The Rite 13 liturgy, celebration of manhood and womanhood, is the community expression of this and serves as a rite of passage from childhood towards adulthood.
  • J2A - This is a program for grades 8-9 or 9-10. The youth meet each Sunday morning for developmentally based lessons that focus on self, community, sexuality and spirituality. Activities include: lock-ins, an urban adventure, hunger simulation, outreach ministries and fundraising - ultimately leading to their pilgrimage and following in the footsteps of Christians before them.

Young Episcopalians in Service (YES) - YES is a mentor-based program that helps older teens, grades 11 and 12, discern and carry out a ministry within their church or in the larger community. Vocation and development of a personal credo are also emphasized. They become ambassadors of Christ.

Adult Education - Adult Christian Education immediately follows the 9:30 Sunday service and is clergy organized and both clergy and lay-led. The education committee oversees all Christian education activities, responds to varying needs and explores new possibilities so that fulfilling, educational opportunities are available for all ages.

Old St. Anne's Church[edit]

The pews again face this pulpit, as they did in the earliest days of the church.
1778 gravestone of the Reverend Philip Reading, who was sent to St. Anne's by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in 1746.

Old St. Anne's Church was built in 1768 on the site of an earlier wooden church built about 1705. Queen Anne presented the church with a "covering for the communion table."[4] The old church is currently used as a chapel for weddings, funerals, and occasional services.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Heite, Edward F. (1972). "Nomination form for Old St. Anne's Episcopal Church" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ ""
  4. ^ Scharf, J. Thomas (1888). History of Delaware, 1609-1888. Philadelphia: L. J. Richards & Co. p. 1020.  Cited in Rogers, L. R. "St. Anne's Episcopal Church" (PDF). Historic American Buildings Survey. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. p. 1. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 

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