If experiencing a local church is part of your vacation schedule, you are well served on Anna Maria Island and should be able to find a congregation and service most closely matched what you are used to. There are five churches on the island itself, all offering a warm welcome to visiting worshipers and locals alike.
Here is a brief guide to the churches on Anna Maria and hours of worship, for more detailed information of services and directions please follow the links to their own sites.
Church of the Annunciation
Situated in Holmes Beach, the Church of the Annunciation has come a long way since its first service was held on the island on May 4, 1952. A congregation of just 12 attended those first evening prayers, which has grown somewhat in the years since. Sunday services begin at 7:30am after which there is a Rector’s Class at 8.45am. The 10:00am Eucharist also includes a children’s Sunday School. Also there is a Holy Eucharist with Healing Service on Thursdays at 9.30am. There are many active groups and societies within the church, including a vestry group, choir, Episcopal Church Women group, Moses Basket Ministry, Shawl Ministry and involvement in other special interest groups. The church also places great value on parish dinners, coffee hours, holiday bazaars, card parties and other events sure to attract members new and old. annunciationami.org
Formerly known as the Island Baptist Church, Crosspointe Fellowship was renamed in 2007 to reflect the church’s efforts in forming a second campus on the mainland, in Parrish, and the possibility of others in the future. Again situated in Holmes Beach, the Island Campus Worship Service is held every Sunday from 9am, and, despite the name change, theologically the church still adheres to the Baptist faith. The Fellowship is a church without committees, instead encouraging its members to get involved in ministry teams. The church’s motto is ‘Maturing, Multiplying and Magnifying’ and visitors are sure of a warm welcome. crosspointefellowship.com
Gloria Dei Lutheran
A member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Florida-Bahamas Synod, worship at Gloria Dei Lutherian is led in Holmes Beach by Pastor Rosemary Backer. The weekend kicks off with Saturday contemporary worship at 5pm, with summer Sunday worship starting at 9.30am, and fellowship following the service. During the season the doors open at 8am and 10.30am each Sunday morning. Children of all ages are always most welcome at worship, with activity bags provided and children’s sermons delivered at the Sunday morning service. Nursery care is also available on Sunday. Various special services and gatherings are held throughout the year, for the seasons of Advent and Lent, Thanksgiving and Christmas. In 2008 Gloria Dei celebrated 50 years of ministry on Anna Maria Island, although it formally became a congregation of the Florida Synod on February 1, 1959. gloriadeilutheran.com
Roser Memorial Community Church
The first house of worship on the island, Roser Memorial Community Church was built by George Roser in memory of his mother. Roser created the Fig Newton in 1891, which he eventually sold to Nabisco, but Roser Memorial Community Church still stands on the same site in Anna Maria. Pastor Gary Batey leads Sunday’s worship service at 10am, which incorporates a children’s church school and youth church school. The chapel is also open for prayer during the week from 8am to 2pm and on Sundays from 9am to noon. The church also runs an All Island Youth group, a weekly fellowship group for those in grades seven to 12, which meets Wednesdays 6-8pm. Adult bible study takes place on Tuesday evenings at 7pm and Wednesday mornings at 10am (November to March) in Fellowship Hall. There is also a Joyful Noise Choir, for second, third, fourth and fifth-graders, which practices every Wednesday from 3-4pm, with an adult choir meeting every Thursday at 7pm in the Roser Church Colman Building. roserchurch.com
Saint Bernard Catholic Church is in the Diocese of Venice in Florida, and is located in Holmes Beach. Mass is held Monday to Saturday at 8.30am, and at 8am and 10am every Sunday. Saturday confessions run from 3-3.45pm, with Saturday Vigil at 4pm. Family Mass is held on the fourth Sunday (occasionally the fifth) at 10.30am with a liturgy especially geared to children and enjoyed by all ages. Masses are led by Rev. Robert J Mongiello, Pastor, and Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph. Saint Bernard Church also has a Parish School of Religion, studying curriculum grades K through 5, Faith First texts from Resources for Christian Living (RCL) which meets on Tuesdays from 4-5.30pm. The church’s youth group for grades 6, 7, and 8 meets on Wednesdays from 7-8.30pm. dioceseofvenice.org