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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

                        Teen Fellowship Service (Little Sanctuary)

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.

What to Expect

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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 10:15 to 11:05 a.m. for children under 3 who aren't quite ready for our 2s and 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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Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is a gift from God when we are in crises or difficult life transitions. At St. Alban’s, the clergy are the primary pastoral caregivers, but every parishioner is a caregiver to those in need. St. Alban’s also has several dedicated caring ministries that serve as extensions of the pastoral care offered by the priests.

Please call the church office at (202) 363-8286 if you need pastoral care. In the event of illness or death outside of regular office hours, a member of the clergy can be reached at (202) 815-8398. 

St. Alban’s Care Team

The St. Alban’s care team is comprised of volunteers wishing to meet the needs of others in the church family. These needs may include transportation to church or medical appointments, errands, meals, visits in the home or hospital, notes and calls, child or pet care during a crisis … just about anything that poses a challenge. Care team volunteers can be available for a single task or teamed for an ongoing commitment to one parishioner. If you need help from the care team, or would like to be part of this comprehensive caring effort, contact Jo Turner, the lay pastoral care coordinator.

Communion for Homebound

Communionwafers (600x600)We are the people of God outside our church as well as inside. Supplementing home Communion offered by clergy, Eucharistic visitors (EVs) are trained and licensed by the diocese to bring Holy Communion to people in their homes, hospitals and nursing homes. If you are interested in this ministry or would like to have Communion in your home, contact the Rev. Jim Quigley or Jo Turner.

Stephen Ministry

StephenMinistryLogoStephen Ministry, a nation-wide program, is an integral part of St. Alban’s pastoral care. Stephen Ministers are carefully selected, spiritually mature parishioners who receive extensive training and supervision. They meet with their care receivers to listen and comfort, providing one-on-one support for those facing difficult life changes such as loss, illness, divorce or unemployment; the relationships are strictly confidential. If you would like to know more or think you might benefit from supportive home visits,contact Jo Turner or Sandy Loether.

Healing Ministry

God’s hope for the world is healing and wholeness. At most services, parishioners who are part of St. Alban’s healing ministry offer prayers and laying-on-of-hands for healing during worship services provide an “outward and visible sign” of how we care for one another as a parish. If you want to learn more, contact Elizabeth Fisher (202) 223-3493. Parishioners interested in becoming a healing minister may contact the Rev. Jim Quigley.

Prayer List

St. Alban’s maintains two prayer lists for use during Sunday worship, and both lists are published in our weekly service bulletin’s yellow pages. Names added to the Sunday intercessory prayer list are read aloud during worship for a period of three weeks. Those with longer term struggles or illnesses are added to an additional yellow pages prayer list for three months; parishioners are encouraged to use the intercessory prayer list in their personal devotions during the week. To add friends or loved ones to either list contact the Rev. Jim Quigley.

Pastoral Emergencies

If you need to reach a member of the clergy in an emergency outside of regular office hours--in the event of illness or death--please call (202) 815-8398.