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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
8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite I (spoken)

9:15  a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite II

                        Children's Chapel

                        Teen Fellowship Service (Little Sanctuary)

11:00 a.m.      Misa in Español (Little Sanctuary)

11:30 a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite I

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Weekdays, except Tuesday, 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

Visiting a church for the first time can be a bit daunting. So we have tried to put together the answers to some of the questions you’re likely to have and to ensure that you find a warm welcome here. Click on the questions to learn more.)

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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 9:15 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 10:30 to 11:30 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 9:15 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 9:15 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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This Week at St. Alban's

Fill the Backpacks: July/August Mustard Seed for Harriet Tubman Elementary School
Ingathering this Sunday, August 20

Amanda Delebar, Principle of Tubman Elementary School will join us at the 10:00 service this Sunday morning. 
Three miles away from St. Alban’s, Tubman serves children from three homeless shelters and two housing projects. Most students receive free breakfast and lunch on school days, but may not get anything to eat on weekends. Our Food Backpack Program sends food home on weekends with 5 students from the neediest families who otherwise would not have any. Our Mustard Seed offering covers the cost of the food needed to fill the backpacks. Contact: Tom Jansen

Return Prepared SOME Casserole this Sunday, August 20

Don't forget to return your prepared casseroles to Satterlee Hall Sunday, August 20, by 10:45 a.m., for delivery to SOME’s dining room. If you cannot prepare a casserole, please consider purchasing a large lasagna casserole at your local super market. Donations of large cans of vegetables, fruit or peanut butter are also welcome. Contact: Marty Kerns

Food and Faith Forum Series
Sundays, 11:15 a.m., Nourse Hall

This Sunday morning we conclude our series on faith traditions involving food. Guest speaker Harpreet Kaur from the DC Sikh Gurdwara will introduce us to foods from her faith tradition.

 

Join in a St. Alban’s Umuganda Day on Aug. 26

Please join the St. Joseph’s Guild and Garden Guild on Saturday, August 26, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., to help paint, repair, prune, plant, and clean in and around our buildings and grounds in preparation for the new program year.  In Rwanda, such a community work day is called Umuganda – meaning “coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome.”  We have a list of tasks, from super-simple to challenging, and we’ll supply tools and materials.  Any skill level or physical ability is welcome.  This is a joyous way to “tithe your time and talent” and build our community spirit.  If you can spare an hour or two, the morning, the afternoon (or all day!), sign up in the Narthex or contact Bob Witten (St. Joe's), or Lucy Fraser (Garden), or Laura Ingersoll – or just show up, rain or shine.

Vestry Meeting Highlights – August 16, 2017
By Laura Ingersoll, Senior Warden

We welcomed Arrien Davison, our new parish Program Assistant, who told us about her work updating the parish records of members and “friends”.  Departing Vestry member Andrea Fraser-Reid (moving to North Carolina) shared reflections on her Vestry service, speaking of her deep optimism for the parish and the directions in which it is currently headed. 
Read more here.
 

Click here to see all of the news in the latest issue of This Week at St. Alban's, our weekly eNewsletter.