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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.

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

Pick Up SOME Casserole Tins this Sunday

Pick up empty casserole tins for SOME this Sunday morning in the Narthex. Return your prepared casseroles to Satterlee Hall Sunday, December 17, by 11:45 a.m., for delivery to SOME. If you cannot prepare a casserole, consider purchasing a large lasagna casserole at your local super market. If you make one casserole please consider making two. If you make two casseroles consider making three. Donations of large cans of vegetables, fruit or peanut butter are also welcome. Contact: Marty Kerns

Stewardship Campaign — 75% to goal with 100 families left to give!

We need YOU! All members of the St. Alban's family are needed to reach our goals. While we see strong growth in dollars, our participation lags. Have you made your commitment to St. Alban's yet?  With a spirit of generosity, please make a pledge for 2018. Pledge materials are in the Narthex or you can pledge online or with the materials mailed to your home.
Please Note: 2018 pledges may be paid in 2017 for next year's budget. Contact Doug Dykstra for more information. St. Alban's is grateful to all who have already pledged to St. Alban's!
Parishioners interested in helping with the Stewardship Campaign are welcome to join volunteers for a Pledge Phonathon on November 20 at 6-9pm at St. Alban's. Just email Ashley so she can bring enough food and wine!

Incarnation: An Advent Forum Series
Sundays through December 17, after the 9:00 a.m. service, Nourse Hall

Jim, Emily and Geoffrey are leading a three-part series that focuses on one of the central faith claims of the Christian Church: God becoming human in the person of Jesus Christ.  The series continues this Sunday with an exploration of some of the characters within the infancy narratives through the lens of W.H Auden’s For the Time Being, and concludes next Sunday with a bit of practical theology:  What does belief in the Incarnation mean for us today?

Advent Olive Oil Sale
Sunday, December 10, after services, in the Wade Room

The Advent Olive Oil sale to benefit the Tent of Nations is back.  We will be selling Palestinian olive oil products after all of the services on December 10.  If you missed the Christmas Bazaar, this is your chance to get some wonderful Fair Trade and Organic products and also to support peace-building efforts in the Holy Land.  Contact: Lisa Sams

From Loss to Christmas Light: An Advent Healing Eucharist
Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Church

The Advent and Christmas seasons are full of anticipation and joy for many, but for those who have known a devastating loss or deep disappointment, sadness may also emerge. This service offers a place to honor our memories and accept healing and renewal. Come for love, courage, and hope; the light of Christ awaits.

Voices for a Second Chance:  The December Mustard Seed

For those of you that don't know, St. Alban's has an active relationship with a prison ministry called Voices for a Second Chance, which strives to give inmates and returning citizens a second chance to be productive members of our community.  The Worker's of St. Alban's (WSA) and The Opportunity Shop support the VSC with a clothing voucher program for those recently released from the DC jail.  Our Mustard Seed for the month of December will be a collection for the purchase of steel-toed work boots required for former inmates seeking employment in the construction industry.  The cost of these boots ranges from as little as $25 a pair for men to in excess of $100 for women.  For more information on St. Alban's Prison Ministry or how to get involved contact: John Daniel ReavesChristian Miles, or Rufus King.

 

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