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.

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Ash Wednesday services today at 12 noon and 7:30 p.m.

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We had a fabulous Shrove Tuesday pancake celebration at The Famous Toastery in Reston. St. Anne's reserved and filled up the entire restaurant. We had a wonderful time and folks left with ashes from Father John.

Many thanks to @FamousToasteryRestonVA #famoustoasteryreston

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Faith On the High Diving Board • Rev. John Stonesifer • February 23, 2020

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This week's sermon.

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The cross on the abandoned lot that became St. Anne's.

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A Lenten message from Bishop Susan E. Goff: Enter the Wilderness of Your Heart

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,and rejoice with joy and singing. -Isaiah 35:1-2a

Life abundant is springing up all around us. The crocuses and daffodils are in full bloom. The Lenten rose, humble in its rank of first blossom, is far from alone this year. Winter is making way, quickly, fully and earlier than usual, for spring.

In the season of Lent, we intentionally enter the winter wilderness of our own hearts to look for the blossoms there. And they are present:
- in the gift of forgiveness that feels like quenching water on a sin-parched soul,
- in the simple yet extraordinary healing of wounds that happens little by little, day by day,
- in the bubble of laughter that escapes our lips in the most trying of times,
- in the kindness of a stranger,
- in the reconciliation that comes when we dare to listen without judgment and speak without reproach.

The wilderness of Lent overflows with life. As we give up old practices and take on new ones, we can see life as surely as we notice blossoms on the once-dormant earth. The wilderness of Lent is a training ground for life, shaping us to see it all around us, preparing us to receive the gift of abundant life from God who created us and loves us fiercely.

Don't be afraid to go to the inner wilderness you have long been trying to avoid. Don't be afraid to enter the places of fear or longing or pain that you've long been trying to ignore. Signs of life and promises of hope are already there, just waiting for you to find them. God is already there, too. And God, the author and giver of life, will never abandon you.

Faithfully yours,

The Right Rev. Susan E. Goff
Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority

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PB Fasting for Lent

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Presiding Bishop Curry talks about his practice of Fasting for Lent.

We thanked Jim Vollman, who has served as Treasurer and in many other roles at St. Anne's, and Cecilia Ohanian who had been our youth representative on the Vestry. Cecila has graduated High School and is going to spend a gap year working with AmeriCorps.

Father John and our children "Buried the Alleluia." This is a visual way to communicate to the Sunday School that we won’t say “Alleluia” (Greek for “Praise the Lord”) during Lent. We will find it/take it out of the box at Easter!

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Seek Ye First • Karen Lafferty, arr. Peggy BettcherYouth Handbell Choir, Juliana Cox, Director

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Creation Care: Fairfax to Zero

After services today St. Anne's parishioners have the opportunity to sign the Fairfax to Zero petition being circulated by the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions.The petition aims at zero net carbon emissions in Fairfax County by 2050, and zero net emissions from schools and public buildings by 2030. Pick up a handout in the Narthex to learn about this opportunity to help bring Fairfax County into accord with the Paris Climate Agreement and the We Are Still In goals of the Episcopal Church.

For more information about our Creation Care work contact Ray Copson at [email protected].

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Everyone--no exceptions!

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The Impossibility of Being Good • Rev. Winston Welby • February 16, 2020

Sunday's sermon from the Rev. Winston Welty.

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Come Follow Me • arr. John Leavitt.Rick Melrose, soloist, St. Anne's Choir Led by Lisa Tyler

Our talented choir and soloist Rick Melrose led by Lisa Tyler perform Come Follow Me, arranged by John Leavitt.

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

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Photos by Tim Barwick

The Episcopal Church has no feast day for Saint Valentine.
Instead, we observe February 14 as the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, two brothers who were Byzantine Christian theologians and Christian missionaries.

The Episcopal Church has no feast day for Saint Valentine.
Instead, we observe February 14 as the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, two brothers who were Byzantine Christian theologians and Christian missionaries.

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Thermometers, Thermostats, Transformers, and Transmission Lines • Rev. H. Vance Johnson • February 9, 2020

Sunday's sermon was from Father Vance.

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This week our confirmation class visited the National Cathedral.

Some diverse photo highlights from yesterday: our confirmation class visited the Anglo-Catholic community at Church of The Ascension & St. Agnes and we had a very successful Super Bowl party.

Our confirmation class is made up of 16 people, youth and adults. We'll be visited by the Bishop at Pentecost, May 31.

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The Next 50 Years • Rev. John Stonesifer • February 2, 2020

Father John's sermon this week.

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Be sure to join us tomorrow night at 6 p.m. for the Super Bowl, chili, and maybe a crochet lesson.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace! As if the Feast of the Presentation, Candlemas, and Groundhog Day weren't enough, February 2nd is also Super Bowl Sunday.

Seen at St. Anne’s today: Cool Green Bags donations being sorted and shelved, Karen and Lydia bring in a new Chimes banner, and the church has all our banners, more than we've ever had before, on display. Each banner represents a different ministry of St. Anne's.

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Adventures with Jesus • Meredith Maple • January 26, 2020

This week's sermon is from Meredith Maple, MDiv., a recent graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary.

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Come and See • Rev. H. Vance Johnson • January 19, 2020

Sunday's sermon from Father Vance.

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Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Today we'll provide food for between 80 and 100 people. The bags, pictured here, form the base of the food, however there'll also be a choice of meats, baked goods, rice, fresh veggies, plus other miscellaneous items that can be equal or greater than the contents of the bags. Our customers are mostly elderly.

Every month we receive generous food donations. This month we got a large contribution from Herndon-Reston FISH.

We are grateful for our large pool of volunteers: a well-coordinated team that brings all the pieces together and makes this work for our community.

First Sunday After Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord

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Being Transformed Through Baptism • Rev. Anne Cooper • January 12, 2020

This week's sermon is by The Rev. Anne Cooper.

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Habitat - Looking for a project to fulfill your New Year’s Resolution - we have just the thing for you. We need you for a Habitat for Humanity Dramatic Rehab Project

On January 15 at 8:30 a.m. we are continuing the rehab of small single level home 30 minutes from St. Anne’s and we need you. No experience necessary!! Just come and have an awesome day with a group of really special volunteers (all at different levels of experience). There is something for everyone. Bring a bag lunch, water is provided. Book your spot at http://tinyurl.com/Habitat-IC

Together we can build a strong and caring community - please join us!!

If you have any questions contact Lynn Carsten at 301-221-8334 or [email protected]

The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, Bishop Suffragan of Virginia, visited Buckingham County last month to meet with residents affected by the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. At Union Grove Baptist Church in Union Hill, a historically black community, she listened for more than two hours as residents expressed their fears over water and air pollution as well as noise that might be caused by pipeline operations. Dominion Energy plans to build a natural gas compressor station at Union Hill. The Bishop, who has also met with Dominion representatives, expects further conversations on this issue as part of a process of deep listening and civil dialogue. Where the process will lead cannot yet be discerned, but it’s all part of the church being church, trying to bring peace and conciliation during troubled times.

If you have more questions about St. Anne’s work on Creation Care please contact Ray Copson at [email protected].

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Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation 2020 Registration

Confirmation Class: Youth 8th Grade and Older and Adults
First Class, THIS Sunday, January 12, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

The Rt. Rev. Ted Gulick will visit St. Anne's on Pentecost, May 31, 2020. Youth in the 8th grade or older and adults who participate in the confirmation class are eligible to be confirmed, received, or reaffirmed in the Episcopal Church. The confirmation class will be led by Mtr. Laura and Martha Furniss, along with some guest speakers, and will consist of meetings, field trips, a retreat, and other experiences once or twice a month beginning in January 12 and running through May 2020.

If you or your child plan to be part of the 2020 confirmation class, please make every effort to attend this January 12 session.

To register for confirmation, please complete this form https://stannesreston.breezechms.com/form/confirmation20.

If you have any questions, please contact Martha Furniss at [email protected]

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[01/08/20]   Weather Update:

We follow Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) policy to guide whether the office will be open or if events will take place.

FCPS has closed schools for the day. Our offices will be closed and we've canceled our noon Holy Eucharist service.

Some events are more challenging to change, 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.

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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.

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

Mother Laura's last sermon before going on sabbatical.

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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

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RIse Up, Shepherd, and Follow

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

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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.

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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.

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

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An Epiphany Message from Bishop Susan Goff - Notice the Light

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Ready for Christmas • Rev. John Stonesifer • Christmas Eve

Father John's Christmas Eve Sermon

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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:

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Our Story

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: The Rev. Jim Miles, The Rev. Paula Woods (the first woman rector in the Diocese of Virginia), The Rev. John Hatcher, The Rev. Jim Papile and The Rev. Dr. John C. N. Hall. Each rector made his/her mark on the parish throughout its fifty 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 our Interim Rector, The Rev. Dr. John D. Stonesifer, and the Associate Rector, The Rev. Laura Cochran, St. Anne’s s serves some 1000 active members with two services each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. 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.

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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
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St. Anne's Communion Anthem
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1700 Wainwright Dr
Reston, VA
20190

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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