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.

[06/24/19]   Congressional Action - Support Maternal and Child Nutrition

On Sunday, July 21, everyone is invited to participate in St. Anne's annual Offering of Letters, asking our members of Congress to co-sponsor and pass the Global Nutrition Resolution (H. Res. 189/Collins-Coons Resolution). This bipartisan resolution recognizes not only that progress against malnutrition has been made through strong U.S. leadership, but also that more needs to be done, including support for the U.S. global nutrition strategy and increased efforts to scale up maternal and child nutrition.

Before and after both services, we will have materials for you to send write letters or postcards urging our representatives and senators to increase our nation’s commitment and investment in efforts to advance global nutrition and to protect key programs that will reduce hunger and poverty worldwide. Information will also be available on how to contact your member by email. The Offering of Letters is part of St. Anne's commitment as a covenant church member of Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice working to end hunger at home and abroad.

[06/24/19]   Books Open Doors! – Help Immigrants at the Border

St. Anne’s is organizing a community book sale, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to supporting immigrants in the crisis at the border.

In order to make the sale a success, we need as many books as possible. If you're doing summer cleaning (think Marie Kondo!) and you have gently used books to give away, we would welcome your donations. Books can be for children or adults, fiction or nonfiction. No media, textbooks, or professional guides. Adult books would be especially appreciated.

The sale will take place on Sunday, July 21 from 8am - 2pm in the Great Hall. More details to come.

If you are interested in donating books, there is a drop-off bin in the Narthex.

If you have any questions please contact Carly Shaffer at [email protected] or Dorcas Domenico at [email protected].

[06/21/19]   1 Samuel 3:11. Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears it tingle.”

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.

I have a friend, who, when involved in a conversation, always listens first. He waits, listens, observes—and when he does speak, it is almost always something worth saying. This ability to listen is a beautiful attribute and one I need to cultivate more in my own life.

The Holy Spirit calls us constantly, however, we tend to be too occupied with the sounds of our own voices to hear such a gentled whisper. Eli’s instruction to Samuel is to simply come to terms with the fact that God is calling him. The kind old print tells Samuel to just listen. Most of us spend so much time and energy trying to control the conversation when what we really need to do is follow Eli’s advice to listen to what the Lord is saying.

Forward Day by Day - Daily Devotions for Disciples - June 21, 2019

[06/21/19]   Do you know someone who works for Amazon? helped put the issue of affordable housing and homelessness front and center in the news this week, by announcing multi-million dollar community investments in their Seattle and Arlington HQ regions. St. Anne's serves on the Board of Cornerstones, one of 20 nonprofits (10 in Arlington and 10 in Seattle) to benefit from Amazon’s new employee match campaign. For every employee dollar donated to Cornerstones, Amazon will match one-for-one, up to $5 million collectively, through September 30.

Please help us spread the word about Cornerstones to your friends, family, colleagues, and business networks – anyone who works locally or worldwide with Amazon. Every charitable gift, no matter the amount, can help ensure our region remains an extraordinary place to live and work.

Thank you!

[06/21/19]   Sacred Threads

Visit Sacred Threads with some of your St. Anne's friends on Tuesday, July 16 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Held at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, the bi-annual quilt exhibit is celebrating its 20th year with the theme "Eye Contact: creating a connection." Group tickets are $8 per person (a $2 savings).

For more information on the exhibit, visit

If you are interested in going or have questions, please contact Martha Furniss at [email protected].

[06/21/19]   The Gospel of Revolution, Preaching, Politics and the Birth of the Episcopal Church

Most Americans, whatever their politics, agree: The United States of America should be independent of the United Kingdom. But this was a difficult and deadly debate within what would eventually become the Episcopal Church. What place did faith have in our revolution? What place did rebellion have in our Christianity? What might this mean for Episcopalians today?

Presenter Kevin Laskowski will examine the history and theology of American independence through fiery Patriot and Loyalist sermons. In an interactive tavern session, we'll decide for independence or loyalty before enjoying a Colonial-inspired dinner. Finally, we'll worship, according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Join the revolution!

This event is Saturday, June 29, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m., Presentation, Dinner, and Worship on Saturday, June 29, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, Dunn Loring, 2455 Gallows Rd, Dunn Loring, VA 22027 Register now at

[06/21/19]   New Ministry Leaders!

St. Anne's ministries depend on strong leaders. These are the folks that bring everything together and make it work, the glue, the connective tissue. We have a couple of new leaders to announce:

Glen Corso is our new Food Pantry coordinator. Glen joins our strong team of volunteers and leaders who together provide meals for over 100 people a month at an amazing cost of only $2 per person. Food comes from multiple sources including your donations, the Capital Area Food Bank, and... Cool Green Bags

Anne Cissel is our new Cool Green Bags coordinator. Anne will be organizing the receipt of the donations we get from Cool Green Bags. Every other month Cool Green Bags provides up to 100 bags of groceries collected from people's doorsteps.

Thank you, Glen and Anne!

Just Neighbors

It's #WorldRefugeeDay, what are your questions about refugees?

Bagging veggies from our community garden for distribution at today’s food pantry.

Thank you Lisa!

With much appreciation for the parish organists and all the other musicians in The Episcopal Church. (Shared from

Grill night starts a new summer. @ St. Anne's Episcopal Church

Grill night awaits YOU! Join us tonight at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine!!! :-) Join our grillmeisters for fun, food, and fellowship.

The Trinity and the Slow Reveal • Rev. Laura Cochran • June 16, 2019

What is "The Trinity and the Slow Reveal?" Listen to Mother Laura's sermon and find out!

Honey from St. Anne’s beehive

Bible stories interpreted thru LEGO.

Sunday at St. Anne’s. First day of Children’s Chapel. @ St. Anne's Episcopal Church

[06/14/19]   Abide

You all: “abide in love.” These are very strong words. And because we must be reminded so many times “to abide,” we know that this is not always easy. Necessary, exceedingly challenging, possible. Only made possible by Jesus who calls us to this high mark. Our living into Jesus’ command “to abide in love,” requires practice. And it requires prayer:

Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

What is the Way of Love? Way of Love Podcast with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

St. Anne's has a great partner in Cornerstones! recently selected Cornerstones as one of only ten local non-profits to participate in a major employee matching gift program. Many thanks in advance to Amazon and their employees for their generous support of our mission.

Did you know? 16,000+ individuals, including 3,000+ families with 6,000+ children, suffered from crippling poverty resulting in food instability, lack of medical care, and unhealthy living conditions in our community this past year. For almost 50 years, Cornerstones has been at the forefront of disrupting the root causes of homelessness, poverty, and inequality that currently affect our regions most vulnerable families.

To learn more about how you can make a change, please visit

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry today offered the following statement:

Jesus said: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

In my years of ministry, I have personally seen and been blessed by countless LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings. Dear friends, the church has in like manner been blessed by you. Together with many others you are faithful followers of Jesus of Nazareth and his way of love. You have helped the church to be truly catholic, universal, a house of prayer for all people. You have helped the church to truly be a reflection of the beloved community of God. You have helped the church to authentically be a branch of the Jesus movement in our time.

Your ministries to and with this church are innumerable. I could speak of how you often lead our vestries, and other leadership bodies in the church. I could speak of how many of you organize our liturgies of worship, lift our voices in song, manage church funds, teach and form our children as followers of Jesus, lead congregations, ministries and dioceses. But through it all and above it all, you faithfully follow Jesus and his way of love. And in so doing you help the church, not to build a bigger church for church’s sake, but to build a better world for God’s sake.

During June, Americans and people around the world observe Pride. Today, as we mourn the 49 people who were murdered at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando three years ago, I am mindful that Pride is both a celebration and a testament to sorrow and struggle that has not yet ended. Especially this month, I offer special thanks to God for the strength of the LGBTQ community and for all that you share with your spouses, partners and children, with your faith communities, and indeed with our entire nation.

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[06/10/19]   Grill Night Returns for Summer!

Starting June 19 join us every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Anne's parking lot. Bring something to grill for yourself and something (side dish? dessert? strange-flavor chip you want to try but don't want to commit to the whole bag yourself?) to share and come ready to relax and unwind as we kick off the Wednesday night grilling.

Grill Night is a great midweek, casual gathering to get to know fellow members of our community in a very informal setting. Kids run around the playground as grownups converse and share an evening outdoors.

It's great fun and we look forward to seeing you there!

Grill Facilitator: Mike Ball

No rain is keeping St. Anne’s folks away from their food trucks and bounce house!!! @ St. Anne's Episcopal Church

Where will the spirit take St. Anne's next? Listen to Mother Laura's sermon.

Pentecost and Baptism at St. Anne’s. @ St. Anne's Episcopal Church

[06/07/19]   Luke 10:41. But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things.”

When given the choice between an encounter with the living, breathing, and loving Word of God and anything else, there really is no choice. Jesus reminds Martha—and all of us reading this story—that she doesn’t have to worry or be distracted by anything else while he is with her, Mary, and Lazarus. He has come to see her—not to judge how clean her house is or how well organized her kitchen might be.

Martha keeps herself busy with things that keep her from enjoying Jesus’ presence. She’s a lot like me, and maybe she’s a lot like you. How often do we say to ourselves, “Let me just get this one thing done…” That one little thing can keep us from sitting at Jesus' feet with our whole hearts, minds, and souls, open to the gift he offers us of himself.

Forward Day by Day - Daily Devotions for Disciples - June 7, 2019

A Simple Gesture

Best of Reston Honoree 2019 video

Prayers For You • Rev. Laura Cochran • June 2, 2019

Jesus prayed for you. Listen to Mother's Laura's sermon.

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

At St. Anne’s we join with the Diocese of Virginia and the Diocese of Southern Virginia to prayerfully bring an end to the senseless deaths of the people of our country.

Brothers and Sisters in the Diocese of Virginia,

The scourge of gun violence that has infected our land has come very close to home. Along with our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, we grieve for those who were brutally and senselessly murdered in the city of Virginia Beach on Friday, and we pray for those who loved them. We join with the Psalmist who cried, “How long, O Lord?” How long until we as a nation find ways, as other nations have, to make gun violence unimaginable? God give us the strength, the love of our neighbors, and the commitment to be vessels of your peace, your justice, your hope.

I commend to you this message and prayer from Bishop Jay Magness of the Diocese of Southern Virginia:

Reston Pride 2019

photo highlights from Reston Pride...


PHOTOS: Reston Pride Second annual event held at Lake Anne Plaza

St. Anne's Episcopal Church

Presiding Bishop Curry and Bob Simon are waiting for you at Lake Anne Plaza!

[05/31/19]   Perhaps your proclamation of the good news might be one of action rather than of word. St. Francis of Assisi is remembered for having said: Preach always, if necessary, use words.

Br. Jim Woodrum
Society of St. John the Evangelist

God loves everyone, no exceptions.

St. Anne's embraces Pride Month with our support of the 2nd Annual Reston Pride celebration.

Reston Pride

Check out our entertainment for Reston Pride! Only 3 more days!!

Reston Pride, Saturday, June 1, 2:00-7:00 p.m., Lake Anne Plaza

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, St. Anne's Episcopal Church, United Christian Parish - UCP, Washington Plaza Baptist Church, Reston Community Players, Restoration Church: Reston, Laura Tsaggaris, Kenneth R. Plum, Danica Roem - Virginia Delegate, NVHC - Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Senator Janet Howell

The Sermon at the Supper • Rev. H. Vance Johnson • May 26, 2019

This week's sermon was from Father Vance, titled "The Sermon at the Supper."

Reston Pride

Did you know the 2nd Annual Reston Pride on June 1 from 2:00 to 7:00 at Lake Anne Plaza is totally child-friendly. Thanks to the Lake Anne Merchants and Professionals there will be even be a kids' play area. Moon bounce! Bubbles! Face painters! Crafts! Interactive snow cone making! (Curious about this one? Come check it out!) And a unicorn! Thank you to Reston Art Gallery, Nordic Knot, Lake Anne Brew House, Chesapeake Chocolates, Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar, Kalypso's Sports Tavern, Reston's Used Book Shop, Small Change Consignment, New Trail Cycling Studio, and Reston Museum for sponsoring this fun addition to Reston Pride!

[05/24/19]   Luke 8:46. But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me."

In an age when electronic communication dominates, we are challenged to remember the benefits of human touch. A simple touch is so powerful that it can reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, and reduce hormone levels. Research shows that touch can make a significant difference in child development and helps reduce anxiety in Alzheimer's patients. Touch provides comfort and support to the dying.

When I pulled up to the accident where my daughter had just survived a serious car crash, we held each other, letting the gratitude set in and the healing begin.

Jesus often heals by touch. The woman with the issue of blood is healed from simply touching Jesus' clothes. Both feel the ebb and flow of healing between them.

We are Jesus' body - his hands and feet on the earth. We have the touch the world needs for healing.

- Forward Day by Day - Daily Devotions for Disciples - May 24, 2019

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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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