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.

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!!!

Spring has sprung at St. Anne's!

Photo: Ray Copson

Rita and Alice test drove the first reupholstered pew; it received their seal of approval!

Today: Carpets are being finished, upholstery is being started (check out the extra thick foam pew padding!), and IKEA has a delivery for the Sacristy... new rack to hold the altar appointments (a Lee Glenn original) is installed...and the choir seating area is completed.

Yes, yes we did.

St. Francis of a cc. (Shared from unKNOWN PUNster)

Joe Bellman and Mark Tokarski were received into the Episcopal Church today at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross by the Rt. Rev. James Mathes.

March 24, 2019 - The Great Litany

March 24, 2019 - The Great Litany

Knowing God's Fierce Love • Rev. Laura Cochran • March 17, 2019

We're catching up on sermons. "Knowing God's Fierce Love" from March 17.

Suffering and Repentance • Rev. Laura Cochran • March 24, 2019

This week's sermon is "Suffering and Repentance."

Renovations: The carpeting is almost completed.

Renovation changes are rolling in this week. This is the area around the altar, the choir seating and the Sacristy (which is behind the wall behind the altar. You might have never seen it!)

...and the floor goes down.

A new way to celebrate the green of St. Patrick's Day.

Some of our most fun and productive ministries at St. Anne's are multi-generational. Yesterday St. Anne's Youth Group and our Community Garden team added a new raised bed and prepared our garden for the Spring! There was also an informational session about our beehive.

Renovation Photos: The new floor is starting to go down, and Lee Glenn has created a wonderful storage system for our altar hangings.

Bee Update

A report from Eileen, one of our beekeepers: "I stopped by the St. Anne’s beehive yesterday to see how they were doing on a 70-degree day. We put a piece of tinfoil in the entrance to prevent mice and moisture coming in during the winter. They had moved the tinfoil out of the way. You can’t keep bees from their desire to find pollen! Thankful to be learning about and supporting these amazing beings."

St. Anne's is honored to be a co-chair/co-sponsor of this important event.

St. Anne's this morning. :-)

Let the sunshine in!

Just Neighbors at the Southern Border

Just Neighbors joined us last night for an informative presentation on the current refugee crisis in Tijuana. It was so helpful to hear witness from Dominique Poirier who spent time there six weeks ago providing legal services to refugees aspiring to gain legal access to the USA.

Several attendees expressed interest in joining her on the next trip from April 28 to May 3 providing support for the important work there, for more information about this trip or other ways you can help contact Peggy Hobler at [email protected]. Time is limited so contact Peggy soon.

Brass of Peace Ensemble with Sylvia Alimena, Director and our very own Lisa Mitchell Galoci, Organist.

Sundays at St. Anne's.

A packed house for "Adult Forum: How the Bible Came to Be" our Lent and beyond series presented by Bruce Boston. Every Sunday at 9:05 a.m. through May 12.

7:55am at St. Anne's. (Services start at 8.)

Just Neighbors

Thank you to all of the women of Just Neighbors for sharing all of your talents, hard work, and compassion with our clients. No collage could truly capture how many women keep Just Neighbors going but here are a few pictures of some of the ladies that make our work happen. Happy #InternationalWomensDay!

News from St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Reston

Its never boring at St. Anne's. Check out what's happened, what's coming, and watch the slideshow from our fantastic Shrove Tuesday celebration at Ted's Bulletin. #newtraditions

St. Anne's Celebrates Shrove Tuesday at Ted's Bulletin

Check out the video slideshow of our Shrove Tuesday celebration at Ted's Bulletin. Pancakes and more!!!

Shrove Tuesday at Ted's Bulletin. We’re filling up the place!

We love it when two organizations that we believe in and support align! :-) In our opinion Cornerstones AND Cool Greens Bags are both Best of Reston.

Best of Reston Honoree Highlight: A Simple Gesture is COOL! All you do is sign up to get a “Cool Green Bag;” you fill it with non-perishable food and essentials; then volunteers pick it up. Since its introduction in 2015, area food pantries have received over 200,000 pounds of food. Thank you Bob Schnapp for bringing “The Cool Green Bag” to our kind community and to everyone involved for making a VERY BIG difference to people who are hungry. #BestofReston #HopeforTomorrowToday

The Best of Reston Awards are presented in partnership by Cornerstones and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

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Episcopal Church Memes

"Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." --BCP, p.265 (Cartoon by Joe Heller)

Thin Places II - The Rev. H. Vance Johnson • March 3, 2019

Listen to Father Vance's sermon "Thin Places II":

St. Anne's Today: Song and Celebration and Children!

Join us on March 6 at 7:30 p.m. for Ash Wednesday as we begin our observance of a holy Lent.

Lee Glenn at work.

Renovations: removing the old floor.

[02/28/19]   Bishop Susan's opening remarks at the Intercultural Summit on January 26.

Important ideas that had an impact on all present!

Ash Wednesday, education, reflection, social justice and so much more in this week's e-news.

Last Sunday Forrest Johnston joined us and, accompanied by Lisa Mitchell, played several pieces including Prelude #5 by J.S. Bach.. Here's a small piece of that performance.

Pro Bono Legal Clinic

If there’s a situation where you, a friend or acquaintance needs legal help with civil matters and you’re not sure what the next step is Cornerstones is co-sponsoring a Pro Bono Legal Clinic at Southgate in Reston on Tuesday, March 19 from 6:30 to 8:30.

They can handle consumer issues, housing, immigration, public benefits and family issues (no contested divorce or complex child custody.)

Registration is required: call 571-323-1431 or email [email protected]

[02/21/19]   Our partners at Cool Green Bags (A Simple Gesture) win “Best of Reston” for 2019. Congratulations to Bob Schnapp for all his hard work and y’all for your support.

Our talented Jen Edgerton. Just Neighbors volunteer, member of our Vestry, and Outreach Committee lead.

#Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Edgerton
Attracted by the passion and respect that fellow volunteers and staff at Just Neighbors show their clients, Jennifer Edgerton utilizes her Spanish skills to translate for clients at clinics. Jen shares that she is inspired by clients’ determination and perseverance to reunite their #families. Thank you Jen for volunteering to help Just Neighbor’s clients overcome one of the challenges encountered as they strive to reunite their family. #justneighborsvolunteers

News from St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Reston

Check out this week's 50th Anniversary edition of our enews. You may be surprised at everything that's going on at St. Anne's. Engaging worship, enriching education, exciting music, and enlightening community outreach.

Take a look at what else our organist Lisa is up to!

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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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