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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

Summer Schedule Begins Sunday, May 28

Please note that beginning this Sunday, May 28, we change to our summer worship schedule.  Through Labor Day weekend, we will observe the following schedule:
  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I (English)
  • 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II (English, with music)
  • 10:00 a.m. Children's Chapel, Nourse Hall
  • 11:30 a.m. Santa Eucaristia (Spanish, with music and bilingual bulletin)
All services will take place in the Church, except Children's Chapel, which will continue to meet in Nourse Hall.

 

Seasonal Choir Change

Opportunities to be part of “summer choir” begin this Sunday, May 28, the same Sunday we move to the 10 a.m. service. Summer choir will provide leadership for the hymns and service music each Sunday, and will present simple anthems on the Sundays when there are no special music offerings by soloists. You are invited to the Scribner choir room at 9:15 a.m. Sunday mornings to make a joyful noise at St. Alban’s.  Questions?  Contact Justin Boyer.

 

“Sing We and Chant It: Music for Chamber Voices”
Friday, June 2, 7:30 p.m., Church

Choral Arts Society presents an evening filled with chamber music in a variety of styles featuring the Chambers Singers and the Youth Choir. From madrigals, to classics, to works by living composers, there is something for every ear. This concert is a thank-you to St. Alban’s for being the rehearsal venue for Choral Arts and tickets are free of charge. Click here to learn more and/or reserve your tickets.

 

Supporting Refugees -- Eastertide Water into Wine
Ingathering Extended through June 4

Afghans and Iraqis serving as US military interpreters and their families find their lives, threatened when the US pulls out. No One Left Behind helps bring them to safety and supports them in setting up a new life in the US. Through June 4 we are collecting supplies for NOLB’s diaper bank. Please bring diapers (any size), baby wipes, baby lotion, and baby powder to place in the bins in the nave.  Contact: Sandy Kolb

 

Parish Elections and Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 4

ELECTIONS – Polls will be open in Nourse Hall from 8:30 a.m. to noon, to fill four open Vestry positions (three-year terms) and one Diocesan Delegate position (a two-year term).  Candidates for Vestry are (in the random order they’ll appear on the ballot):  Lucy Fraser, Brett West, Emily DiBari, Jane Schubert, Adrienne Allison, Michele Bond, Heather Sondel, and Anton Vanterpool.  Candidates for Diocesan Delegate are Tedd Swett and Alex Todd.  Their photos and written statements are in the narthex this morning, and the statements and videos of their Candidate Forum presentations are available here.  Election results will be announced on Monday, June 5.

Qualified voters unable to vote in person on June 4 may obtain an absentee ballot from the Parish Office, which must be returned before June 4.
ANNUAL MEETING – The Parish annual meeting will convene at 11:30 am in Nourse Hall.  Annual reports will be posted on the website two days in advance; copies will be available at the meeting, and highlights will be summarized orally with an opportunity for Q and A.  There is no business to be conducted at the meeting this year. 

 

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