St. Anne's Episcopal Church

Welcoming | Diverse | Progressive

On February 23, 1969, the Reverend Embry Rucker, the parish’s first rector, celebrated Holy Communion with 42 people in a storefront building at Lake Anne Village Center. Parishioners came from diverse backgrounds, united by their commitment to social action. The congregation supported innovative ministry and outreach to the new community of Reston, which was only five years old when the church was founded. Through the Common Ground Foundation and Coffee House in Lake Anne, we were instrumental in starting a number of needed programs in the community including the Common Ground Child Care Center, Reston Interfaith, the Reston Internal Bus System (RIBS bus) and the Greater Reston Arts Center. The Common Ground Coffee House was an important center of community life for many years and a point of contact for people who needed help. In the early days of Reston, the Diocese of Virginia had the foresight to purchase a plot of land on a hill overlooking Baron Cameron Drive and Reston Parkway. The church building that now sits on this site was dedicated in 1989 and expanded in 1995 to its current 23,000 square feet. Five rectors followed Embry Rucker: Jim Miles, Paula Woods (the first woman rector in the Diocese of Virginia), John Hatcher, Jim Papile and our current Rector John C. N. Hall. Each rector made his/her mark on the parish throughout its forty year history. Today, we worship in a beautiful contemporary church that offers a broad spectrum of inreach, outreach, educational and fellowship programs. Under the spiritual guidance of Rector John C. N. Hall, and Associate Rector Laura Cochran, St. Anne’s has grown to some 1500 active members with four services each Sunday, including a 5 p.m. contemporary service. The church building is in constant use by parishioners, other religious groups and neighborhood organizations as a center for worship, community service, education and social events. St. Anne’s remains faithful to involvement in the greater Reston community, to welcoming all to our church family, and to being a progressive congregation of seekers who rely on scripture, tradition and reason to discern God’s will.

Mission: As the people of St. Anne’s, we believe that we are called into a special relationship with God, with each other, and with all of God’s children in our own community and throughout the world. We work to respond to God’s call wherever it may lead us. We are actively engaged in our community, taking our sense of mission from the needs and hopes of those whom God has given us as friends and neighbors. In faithful and joyous response to that call, we seek: In our PARISH LIFE together: • To assume responsibility for one another as fellow members of our family of faith; • To minister to all of God’s people by embracing the rich diversity of our congregation, and to recognize and celebrate the insights and gifts brought to our common life by children, youth, and adults and by those who are married, single, and in committed relationships, as well as by persons of different races, ethnicities, and sexual orientation; and • To continue to find ways to express our gratitude for God’s gifts to us and our willingness to share those gifts. In our WORSHIP: • To be a Eucharistic-centered parish that is open to exploring and celebrating the rich liturgical tradition of the Church as reflected in the Book of Common Prayer; • To recognize and support the vital ministry of the laity in our liturgical practices and to encourage maximum participation of lay ministers and of the congregation as a whole in our worship experience; • To encourage and support individual parishioners in their own paths of spiritual development, recognizing that there are many paths to God; and • To recognize and support the important role of music in our worship service and to encourage maximum congregational participation in this form of ministry. In our EDUCATION PROGRAMS: • To recognize that growth in the Christian faith is a lifelong process and that it is a special responsibility of our parish to assist and nurture parishioners of all conditions and at all stages of life through education programs, retreats, and other opportunities for spiritual growth; • To provide a place where parishioners can safely raise honest questions and explore new ideas and where there is a genuine openness to a multiplicity of faith understandings, spiritual experiences, and theological viewpoints; and • To recognize that the ultimate truth of God is beyond our knowing and that we must therefore live in a creative tension between our own experience and understanding of God’s love and our inability to get our minds around God through any particular theological doctrine or teaching. In our OUTREACH to others: • To identify and make available to our parishioners opportunities to become personally involved in hands-on projects of ministry to others; • To focus our outreach effort primarily on needs that are not currently being met by others and among those for whom our ministry can make a significant difference; • To recognize that our call to ministry extends beyond our local community and to seek opportunities for active involvement by our parishioners in the work of the Church throughout our own country and throughout the world; and • To share the challenge of the Gospel with others through prayer and action.

St. Anne's Episcopal Church

St Anne's: Changing Lives in the Community

Every summer St. Anne's 6th through 8th graders participate in "Mission Possible" our four-day mission experience that involves traveling beyond the walls of our congregation to share their gifts for ministry in service to our area neighbors.

Sometimes, this sparks an interest and desire to keep giving! This is what happened for our very own Nate Murphy (age 11), who was recently the "Featured Volunteer" at Bikes for the World, a local non-profit whose mission is "to make affordable, good quality used bicycles available to low-income people in developing countries."

Read about Nate's volunteer work with Bikes for the World.

Thank you, Nate, for doing God's work in the world!

To be a missioner or adult or teen volunteer in 2019 Mission Possible (July 8-11) contact Mother Laura at [email protected].

St Anne's: Changing Lives in the Community

Every summer St. Anne's 6th through 8th graders participate in "Mission Possible" our four-day mission experience that involves traveling beyond the walls of our congregation to share their gifts for ministry in service to our area neighbors.

Sometimes, this sparks an interest and desire to keep giving! This is what happened for our very own Nate Murphy (age 11), who was recently the "Featured Volunteer" at Bikes for the World, a local non-profit whose mission is "to make affordable, good quality used bicycles available to low-income people in developing countries."

Read about Nate's volunteer work with Bikes for the World.

Thank you, Nate, for doing God's work in the world!

To be a missioner or adult or teen volunteer in 2019 Mission Possible (July 8-11) contact Mother Laura at [email protected].

Appropriations for Foreign Assistance and Refugee Resettlement

Advocate for Foreign Assistance and Refugee Resettlement

Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31: 8-9

Congress is working to appropriate funds for fiscal year 2020 determining how much funding critical human needs programs receive. Please advocate to ensure that the government allocates robust funding for programs that support the most vulnerable, uplifting and empowering all people to live healthy and productive lives. Urge Congress to include funding for refugee protection, assistance, and resettlement, providing services and care for survivors of torture and trafficking and for unaccompanied children. Another crucial piece in the federal budget is foreign assistance. This is an obvious and critical mechanism for addressing some of the root causes of migration.

As members of Congress make tough decisions about how to spend resources, remind them that this funding make a difference in the lives of millions.
Write your member of Congress at Appropriations for Foreign Assistance and Refugee Resettlement Throughout this spring and summer, Congress will be working to appropriate funds for fiscal year 2020. This important process happens each year, and determines how much funding critical human needs programs receive. We advocate to ensure...

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St. Anne’s mission in action.

Since 1996 our friends at Just Neighbors have been offering hope and help to United States immigrants. Their work helps to unite families that have been separated. Their work helps to allow victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes to live in the U.S. safely and securely. Their work helps to obtain employment authorization for eligible immigrants so they can support themselves and their loved ones. “Just Neighbors team arrives at the border to start our work. Thank you St. Anne’s Episcopal Church for allowing us to do this work!”

Our Chimes Choir performs "Yes Jesus Loves Me."

A visit from Rev. Mary Thorpe and the chimes choir performs. What a great day.

Our Chimes Choir performs "Yes Jesus Loves Me."

A New Reality • Rev. Dr. Mary Thorpe • April 28. 2019

The Rev. Dr. Mary Thorpe, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Virginia, joined us this week and shared her sermon: A New Reality.

Our Flower Guild prepares for a wedding in the newly renovated Sacristy.

Photos: Martha Furniss and Tim Barwick

[04/26/19]   We are looking forward to our children's chime performance this Sunday.

Remember to bring your child 15 minutes early to practice before the 10 a.m. service. Children will then go back to their parents and we will collect them a few minutes prior to the actual performance.

See you Sunday.

Thank you!

-The Chimes Crew-

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News from St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Reston

"How come I never know what's going on at St. Anne's?"

We hope we never give you the opportunity to say this, however, to discover even more about what's going on in our faith community check out this week's e-news!

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Many thanks to our outstanding clergy, Mother Laura and Father Vance!

Let's not forget all the hard work done by the clergy that made those Holy Week and Easter services possible! (Cartoon by the Rev. Jay Sidebotham and the Church Pension Group:

An Easter Message from Bishop Susan Goff An Easter Message from Bishop Susan Goff

St Anne's Easter Music Selections 2019

The Lord has risen indeed, Alleluia.

Music from Easter Sunday with photos and a wonderful video at the end.

"The Lord has risen indeed, Alleluia." Our wonderful music from Easter Sunday, along with some photos and a great video at the end.

Easter Sunday • Rev. Laura Cochran • April 21, 2019

Listen to Mother Laura's Easter sermon.

The Lord Has Risen Indeed

Hear mother Laura announce the start of Easter. Listen to The Lord Has Risen Indeed by St. Anne's Episcopal #np on #SoundCloud

The Great Easter Vigil • Rev. H. Vance Johnson • April 20, 2019

Father Vance's Great Easter Vigil Sermon.

The Great Vigil.

Good Friday • Rev. Laura Cochran • April 19, 2019

Mother Laura's Good Friday sermon.

Good Friday at St. Anne's.

Maundy Thursday • Rev. Laura Cochran • April 18, 2019

Mother Laura's Maundy Thursday Sermon

Join us for an Agape Dinner at 6:00 p.m. and Maundy Thursday services at 7:30 p.m.

Today is Maundy Thursday, the day on which we remember the Last Supper when Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment: To love one another just as he had loved them. It was also at the Last Supper that Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of his disciples, saying: “servants are not greater than their masters, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.”

In the Diocese of Virginia, we celebrate Maundy Thursday with services for the renewal of ordination vows. In these services, our bishops wash the feet of the clergy who have come to renew their vows, recalling the moment at the Last Supper when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples.

When Food Pantry distribution meets return from renovation meets Holy Week its guaranteed to be an interesting time. We were delighted to emerge from our cramped temporary corridor location into our renovated worship space.

Today we served over 80 people, mostly elderly with: fresh veggies, their choice of meat plus Honey Baked Ham, rice, baked goods, and shelf-stable products.

[04/18/19]   We have such a wonderful group of volunteers at St. Anne's. In fact, the word "volunteers" doesn't feel broad enough to match the commitment, hard work, good nature, team spirit, and positive attitude they bring to everything they do both inside and outside the walls of our church community.

Thank you!


Preparing ourselves for the arrival of Easter.

A statement on the cathedral of Notre Dame from the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, The American Cathedral in Paris, and The Episcopal Church:

The cathedral of Notre Dame is more than an icon of the city of Paris; it is an ancient place of worship at which Christians have gathered for nearly a thousand years. In this most sacred of weeks in the Christian year, all Christians mourn the damage caused by the ravages of a terrible and destructive fire in that holy place.

The Episcopal Church throughout Europe, with its seat in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris, expresses its sympathy to the people of Paris and to all who sense the immense loss of this priceless and historic house of worship. We extend to Archbishop Aupetit and to all his people our sincere condolences and our readiness to offer any hospitality that would be of help to the community and congregation of Notre Dame in this most holy season of the faith we share. And we send our prayers in this week that ends in what we know to be the sure and certain promise of resurrection for the future life and restoration of this monument of Christian faith.

The Right Reverend Mark D.W. Edington
Bishop in Charge, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe

The Very Reverend Lucinda Laird
Dean, American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Paris

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry
27th Primate and Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church

#amcathparis #episcopalchurch #paris #notredame

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Renovations at St. Anne's - Spring 2019

Our renovations from beginning to a beautiful end.

Many thanks to everyone who made this happen!

Renovations at St. Anne's - Spring 2019

Palm Sunday at St. Anne's - 2019

Enjoy our Palm Sunday service.

The Second Trial in Jerusalem • Rev. H. Vance Johnson • April, 14, 2019

Father Vance's sermon this Palm Sunday is "The Second Trial in Jerusalem."

The Altar Guild moves back into our worship space and prepares for Palm Sunday. Behind the scenes in the Sacristy.

Photos: Emily

Your home is ready (and renovated) and the table is set. See you tomorrow! #palmsunday #prepareyetheway

Photo: Martha Furniss

A Holy Week message from Bishop Susan.

100% of the sales from the soft opening donated to Cornerstones.

Our multi-talented Associate Rector in action. BTW, the gray is the primer color. To see the final color visit us on Palm Sunday when we return to our renovated worship space.

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Coming to Our Senses in Love • Rev. Laura Cochran • April 7, 2019

Mother Laura on "Coming to Our Senses in Love."

Cool Green Bags are everywhere...including South Lakes High School. :-)

Happy 2-year Anniversary to the SLHS Food Pantry! Over the last 2 years our amazing community has helped to fill 6,200 orders for our Pyramid students. That's roughly 12,000 bags of food! You've donated more than 105,000 items of food and toiletries. We have so many generous partners in the community. Today we had a HUGE drop-off from 3 organizations: A Simple Gesture, Weichert Realty, and a local Girl Scout Troop. Some before and after pictures so you can see what it looks like every week after 125 students do their shopping . . . All this + cooking classes monthly. As they say, we've come a long way!

Seen around St. Anne's

Renovations: projects almost finished and tours. Mother Laura in a hardhat!

More renovation details. We're getting close to the finish line.

Worship at St. Anne's.

Justice and Reconciliation • Rev. H. Vance Johnson • March 30, 2019

Father Vance uses the parable of the prodigal son as the basis for this sermon.

Renovations: Sometimes it's the big picture: new carpet, flooring, lighting, paint. However, sometimes it's the smaller details.

Lee Glenn, who's spent a lot of time the past few months working to make our worship space look so good, noticed that the new floor was thinner than the old floor leaving a gap around the bottom of the baseboard. He could have done nothing, he could have bought standard shoe molding, but Lee's eye for detail let informed him that there is no rounded shoe molding anywhere in our worship space. So he cut, milled, painted, and installed a more squared off version...and it looks fantastic! Well done Lee!!!

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1700 Wainwright Dr
Reston, VA

General information

An Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia located in Reston, VA. Sunday services are held at 8:00 am and 10:00am.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 15:00
Thursday 09:00 - 15:00
Friday 09:00 - 15:00
Sunday 07:45 - 12:00
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