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's cover photo

A Simple Gesture Reston

Hi, If you want to drive and pick-up food for A Simple Gesture on our next collection day, Saturday February 1, please contact our wonderful Volunteer Coordinator, Rachel, at [email protected] by tomorrow Monday January 6.

It is great fun, particularly if you take a child, partner or friend. It's like a road rally. The prize at the end is that you deliver food to those who need it.

Epiphany is with us!

January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany. If you need help in taking down your Christmas tree, these three visitors may be willing to assist.

Journeying With a Light, Not a Map • Rev. Laura Cochran • January 5, 2020

Mother Laura's last sermon before going on sabbatical.

Mother Laura is taking a 10-week sabbatical. Our Sunday School students sent her their good wishes for her well-earned break.

Photo: Martha Furniss

RIse Up, Shepherd, and Follow

St. Anne's Choir, led by Lisa Tyler, sings "Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow" (Traditional.)

St. Anne's Choir sings Sleep Holy Babe by Robert G. Farrell

St. Anne's Choir, led by Lisa Tyler, sings "Sleep Holy Babe" by Robert G. Farrell.


St. Anne's Choir sings the Sussex Carol by June Nixon

St Anne's Choir, led by Lisa Tyler, sings the "Sussex Carol" by June Nixon.


Episcopal Church Memes

Getting closer all the time! ETA: January 6th!

An Epiphany Message from Bishop Susan Goff - Notice the Light An Epiphany Message from Bishop Susan Goff - Notice the Light

Ready for Christmas • Rev. John Stonesifer • Christmas Eve

Father John's Christmas Eve Sermon

Christmas Love • Rev. H. Vance Johnson • December 22, 2019

If you attended our 10 a.m. Christmas Pageant service last Sunday you missed Father Vance's sermon from the 8 a.m. service. Here it is:

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

Our stellar Christmas Pageant team from Tuesday night.

St. Anne's clergy, staff, and wardens wish you a Merry Christmas. Photo: Dorry Kee.

Lessons and Carols, 7:30. Join us at 10:15 for our last Christmas Eve service.

Another wonderful piece from this year's Christmas Pageant

St. Anne's Bells

[12/25/19]   St. Anne's bells from our 4 p.m. service.

From this evening’s Christmas Pageant. More to come.

St. Anne's Episcopal Church's cover photo

[12/24/19]   Every day in Advent we are sharing faith-life meditations from

This is the meditation for Dec. 24. #Beloved

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This is the meditation for Dec. 23. #Message

A small taste of what you’ll be hearing at our Christmas Concert with Friends and Family at 10:15 p.m.on the 24th.

Join us today at 10 a.m. for our Christmas Pageant. If you can't make it there will be an additional performance at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. If your child hasn't been part of the rehearsals, turn up anyway, we WILL find a part for them!!!

Here are some photos from rehearsals.

[12/22/19]   Every day in Advent we are sharing faith-life meditations from

This is the meditation for Dec. 22. #Restore

Do you have a little time to spare this Christmas week?

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Epiphany Episcopal Church, along with FACETS, will host the Hypothermia Prevention Shelter Dec 22 - Dec 29. As the church on the corner we will once again provide "a room at the inn" for our neighbors who are homeless, hungry and chilled by the inclement weather. It will truly be the best Christmas ever as we host the Hypothermia Shelter at Epiphany.

Give the "gift of warmth!" Visit our Sign-Up Genius for volunteer and donation opportunities at (position descriptions included):

Over 45 positions still available!!!

Volunteer Training:
There will be a one-hour volunteer training held for all NEW shelter volunteers (food prep/serving and children are excluded from the training). Please plan to join us on ONE of these dates:

Trainings at Epiphany Episcopal Church:
Saturday, Dec 21 at 10 a.m.
Sunday, Dec 22 at 11:30 a.m.

For questions, or if you would like to volunteer but cannot come to the training, please contact Susan Forbes at [email protected].

[12/21/19]   Every day in Advent we are sharing faith-life meditations from

This is the meditation for Dec. 21. #Rest

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This is the meditation for Dec. 20. #Go

Shelter House Gifts of Giving at St. Anne's

A photo review of Gifts of Giving, Shelter House's program that allows children and adults in their shelter to select gifts for each other. This year we hosted the event at St. Anne's. Shelter House

[12/19/19]   Welcoming • Diverse • Progressive

So what goes on at St. Anne's on weekdays? Last night we quickly filled our parking lot. Choir rehearsals, 2 12-step programs, a Vestry meeting (they're like our board of directors), and hundreds of gifts given to families who really need some good news...oh and today our monthly food pantry will be giving 20+ pounds of groceries to 100+ families.

We're a 7-day-a-week-faith community.

[12/19/19]   Every day in Advent we are sharing faith-life meditations from

This is the meditation for Dec. 19. #Bless

Day 2 of Gifts of Giving, he Shelter House gifting event for their families that we're hosting at St. Anne's.

Hypothermia Shelter: December 22nd – 29th – Epiphany Episcopal Church

We still need a lot more volunteers to help run the hypothermia shelter next week at Epiphany Episcopal Church! There are still 75 volunteer slots available from Christmas Day until the shelter closes on 12/28. We especially need van drivers (you must have driven for the shelter before), and driver assistants. Don't want to drive? There are plenty of other volunteer opportunities available!

Visit and click on the "volunteer" button. Can't volunteer? The shelter still needs $30 WalMart gift cards to give to guests on Christmas Day.

Questions? Contact David Safford at 202-494-3041 or [email protected] Hypothermia Prevention Program 2019 Volunteer Donate Goods On December 22nd – 29th Epiphany will once again welcome those in need of shelter as part of Fairfax County’s Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program. We will welcome more than 70 guests this year. Program Facts: Over 30 faith commun...

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This is the meditation for Dec. 18. #Worship

The fun has begun!

We can't show photos of the shoppers but Shelter House's Gifts of Giving has started. Shelter House

Families have just started arriving and Santa is here!!!

St. Anne's folks will see some familiar faces. :-)

[12/17/19]   Every day in Advent we are sharing faith-life meditations from

This is the meditation for Dec. 17. #Pray

[12/16/19]   Weather Policy/Updates

We’re heading into snow season and wanted to remind you of our weather policy and how to stay updated on whether St. Anne’s events are impacted by bad weather.

Sunday Services: Decisions will be made based on our assessment of the weather. We will keep you updated via texts (see below for how to signup to receive these), on our webpage and on our page.

Office and Events: We follow Fairfax County Public Schools policy to guide whether the office will be open or if events will take place. Some events, like our food pantry distribution, are more challenging to cancel, confirm with your event/ministry leader if you’re unsure.

HOWEVER the most important thing is that we want you to keep safe. If the cold, the road and sidewalk surfaces give you concern, please stay home.

Text Messages: If you would like to receive text messages to keep you updated about closings for services please send an email to [email protected]

[12/16/19]   Every day in Advent we are sharing faith-life meditations from

This is the meditation for Dec. 16. #Learn

Seen at St. Anne's today.

Peace Light - 2019

Today the Peace Light arrived at St. Anne's, the end of its annual voyage.

Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in two blast proof miners lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv Israel to Vienna Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of peace, to their own countries. Austrian Airlines then flies the miners' lamps containing the Peace Light from Bethlehem to New York City and then transported around the country to locations including St. Anne's.

Check out the video at:

Made With Boinx FotoMagico Photos by Tim Barwick Music Credits:

[12/15/19]   Every day in Advent we are sharing faith-life meditations from

This is the meditation for Dec. 15. #Turn

Next week we're working with Shelter House on their Gifts of Giving event. This will allow residents to shop for presents for family members, kids and adults, hosted at St. Anne's. Here are some volunteers sorting the incoming gifts.

If you're interested in volunteering for this program and would like to view some of the opportunities visit

[12/14/19]   Every day in Advent we are sharing faith-life meditations from

This is the meditation for Dec. 14. #Gather

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Another wonderful piece from this year's Christmas Pageant
St. Anne's Bells
March 24, 2019 - The Great Litany
Bee Update
Clayton Bostic
St. Anne's Communion Anthem
World Refugee Day



1700 Wainwright Dr
Reston, VA

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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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