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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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This Week at St. Alban's

September 17 is Mustard Seed Sunday

Our Mustard Seed Collection this month will be given to Episcopal Relief and Development for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort in West Texas.  Please give generously.  Use the Mustard Seed Envelopes located in the pew racks on Sunday and please write HARVEY in the memo line when using checks.

Return SOME Casseroles Sunday, 
September 17

Remember to return your prepared casseroles to Satterlee Hall Sunday, September 17, by 11:45 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

Sunday School and Youth Group Resume Sunday, September 17
10:15 to 11:05 a.m.

Room Locations: 

  • Nursery - 1st Floor, Rectory
  • 2s&3s – Upstairs Satterlee Hall, Room 312
  • PreK to K - Upstairs Satterlee Hall, Room 307
  • 1st to 3rd Grade - Upstairs Satterlee Hall, Room 308/9
  • 4th to 5th Grade - Upstairs Satterlee Hall, Room 306
  • Rite 13 (6th to 7th Grade) – Phoebe Nourse Room, Rectory
  • J2A (8th to 9th Grade) – St. Patrick Room, Rectory
  • Sr. Youth (10th to 11th Grade) – St. Columba Room, Rectory
  • Sr. Sr. Youth (12th Grade) – St. David Room, Rectory

Opportunity Sunday, September 17
8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Satterlee Hall

What's up at St. Alban's?--amazing ministries that welcome your help.  What are your plans this year for serving others, building community, exploring and celebrating faith?  Come to Satterlee Hall September 17 to discover over 30 opportunities.  Festive food and fellowship enhance the day.  Come anytime 8:45-12:30 to learn about and support our ministries, explore your options and take a chance on making a difference. The OpShop will be open from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Come shop, bring donations (especially housewares!) and enjoy the newly refurbished, bright and beautiful OpShop and this wonderful ministry. Your purchases and your donations improve lives! Contact: Barbara Manard

Adult Enquirers’ Class Begins Monday, September 18

The clergy will lead a series of eight classes on Monday evenings September 18-November 6, 2017, 6:30-8:00 p.m. for anyone who would like to re-examine their own Christian Faith. The classes will also serve as preparation for anyone wishing to be Confirmed or received into The Episcopal Church. The fee for the class is $25:00, which includes the cost of all materials. We will arrange childcare if there is anyone who requests it when registering. Confirmation is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 11, 2017 or May 12, 2018. To register or if you have questions, please email Geoffrey.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study Begins on Wednesday, September 20

We meet weekly throughout the program year from 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. in the Satterlee Hall Library.  This fall we'll focus (in parallel with what the lectionary texts will be bringing us from the Old Testament on Sundays) on Exodus and move into the foundational texts of the Old Testament known as the Deuteronomistic history.  

 

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