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Welcome

Welcome to St. Alban’s Church! Every Sunday, and most days in between, people gather in this place to worship, to learn, to grow, to share the joys and struggles of our lives, and to seek God’s grace in the midst of our lives. We do not come because we have it all figured out, but because we are seeking light on the way. We come as we are and welcome one another.

On this website, you can find information about our worship, our classes for people of all ages, membership at St. Alban's, and about how we seek to make a difference in this world. We warmly encourage you to join us for a Sunday service or for some of the many other events that happen here. You belong at St. Alban’s.

Contact us with any questions. Call (202) 363-8286 or email the church office.

Service Times

SUNDAY SERVICES (after Labor Day through May)
8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite I (spoken)

9:00  a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II

                        Children's Chapel

11:15 a.m.      Misa in Español (Little Sanctuary)

11:15 a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II (Rite I during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter)

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 9:00 a.m.  Daily Morning Prayer

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.                                    Holy Eucharist: Rite II

Directions

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church is located next to the Washington National Cathedral at the corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest section of the District of Columbia.

From either direction on the north loop of the Capital Beltway/I-495 follow signs for Route 355/Wisconsin Ave south toward DC. St. Alban’s is located on the left just before the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a left onto Lych Gate Rd before you reach Massachusetts Ave. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

From any Virginia main in-bound thoroughfare (George Washington Memorial Parkway, I-395, Route 50, I-66), follow signs to Rosslyn and take the Key Bridge from Rosslyn north across the Potomac River into Georgetown. Go right on M St, left on Wisconsin Ave. St. Alban’s is located on the right just after the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a right onto Lych Gate Rd after passing Massachusetts. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

Parking is available on Pilgrim Road Monday-Friday after 3:30 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. Parking is also available in the Cathedral’s underground garage for a fee Monday- Saturday and for free on Sunday.  You may also park on neighborhood streets according to DC parking signs.

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For Your Kids

Children’s Ministry

At St. Alban’s Parish the formation of our children is a high priority.  While we know that a significant amount of a child’s faith comes from the home, we aim to provide excellent children’s formation throughout the year to complement the formation that is ongoing in a child’s life.  Our goal is to help children easily point to the love of God in their lives.

Worship: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service in Nourse Hall. Children join the congregation in "big church" at the Peace, in time for Eucharist.

Education: All church school classes resume the Sunday after Labor Day with our annual Open House. Instruction starts the following Sunday. 

Nursery care: Child care is available from 9:00 to 11:05 a.m. during the program year (September to May) for infants and children under 3 who aren’t quite ready for our 2s & 3s class.

Learn more about Children's Ministries


Youth Ministry

Four teen groups participate in formation classes at St. Alban’s on Sunday mornings.  We use the nationally recognized Episcopal curriculum “Journey to Adulthood," or J2A.  J2A has two guiding principles: 1) Manhood and womanhood are gifts of God; and 2) Adulthood must be earned. This is a strong program with over 50 youth participating, many of whom engage in a wide variety of ministries at St. Alban’s. Two or three adults mentor each of the groups for two years, sharing their own faith journeys and forming strong bonds of fellowship with the participants. 

Worship:  St. Alban’s Teen Service Fellowship starts at 9:00 a.m. and is a separate service just for our teens held in the Little Sanctuary at St. Albans School. This interactive service offers teens time to talk about life, the Gospel, and to celebrate Eucharist together.  The teens return to "big church," before heading to their classes at the conclusion of the 9:00 a.m. worship service.  Friends are always welcome.

Learn more about Youth Ministries

The Episcopal Church

As Episcopalians, we follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe God is active in our everyday lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.  

The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and with each other in Christ. The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the gospel, and promotes justice, peace and love. The Church carries out its mission through the ministry of all of its members.

We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. We believe the Holy Scriptures are the revealed Word of God. In worship we unite ourselves with one another to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God's Word, to offer prayer and praise, and to celebrate the Sacraments. The Celebration of Holy Eucharist is the central act of worship in accordance with Jesus' command to His disciples. Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion with 70 million members in 165 countries.  The word "Episcopal" refers to government by bishops. The historic episcopate continues the work of the first apostles in the Church, guarding the faith, unity and discipline of the Church. Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. 

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. We welcome all to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

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Alban Life - Mission to Kentucky

Mission to Kentucky

Posted by Deborah Potter on with 1 Comments

Mission trips are all about doing good for others while deepening your own faith. This year’s mission to Kentucky involved the expected home repairs, morning devotions, and a nightly service of Compline, but it also held some surprises for the St. Alban’s team.

The trip inaugurated a partnership between our church and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Outreach Center in Estill County, one of the poorest parts of Appalachia. The team’s first task was not roofing or flooring but carpentry. And what they built was a pine casket for a man who was terminally ill and couldn’t afford a coffin.

“It was uncomfortable building a box for someone who is going to die,” said Ruthie, one of the youth participants. “It wasn’t just carpentry. It was a moving moment for me. I saw God in that moment, helping someone have an honorable burial.”

Casket-building also made an impression on Charles Porter, one of the adult leaders. “It was for me a powerful message about the challenges of life and even of death for those who struggle to make ends meet,” he said.

The group learned first-hand about rural poverty and its consequences. When they fixed the leaks in a boy’s bedroom so he could move back in and stop sleeping on the couch, they learned that the boy can’t read. He’s 10 years old.

St. Tim’s is well equipped for groups like ours. Participants stay in bunk rooms and cook their own meals. No sleeping on the floor or eating the cafeteria food many St. Albanites remember from years of Appalachia Service Project trips.

The center has a barbecue grill made from the fuel tank of a truck, which adult leader Rich Jensen called “an example of Appalachian ingenuity.” It was also an eye-opener when center director Bryant Kibler warned, “Open it carefully, there was a copperhead in there one time.”

“We ate well, played well and worked hard,” said the Rev’d Geoffrey Hoare.

At the Thursday night community dinner, Sage Hoare talked to some older women who’ve lived in the area their whole lives. Many are bringing up grandchildren whose parents are out of the picture due to drugs or illness.

“I was struck by those women being willing to share their stories so forthrightly,” Sage said. To her, the trip was a chance to live out the Baptismal covenant promise to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being."  

Everyone learned something on the trip. Ruthie and Henry discovered a love for power tools. Charles brought his guitar and taught the group new songs. And Allison, one of the youth participants, discovered that differences don't have to divide us.

“I was sort of uncomfortable at first. These people live differently, speak differently,” she said of her first trip to Appalachia. “I gained a deeper understanding that just because they're different from me doesn't mean we can't connect. It doesn’t mean you can’t have relationships and understand a community just because it’s different from yours.”

St. Alban’s will send another group of youth and adults to St. Tim’s the week of June 17, 2019. Contact Geoffrey to learn more.

Comments

Eileen Davis July 16, 2018 10:52am

Another beautiful chapter in this story of renewal. Thanks and congratulations to all of you who do this work, year after year.

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