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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 9:00 to 11:05 a.m. during the program year (September to May) for infants and children under 3 who aren’t quite ready for our 2s & 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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Faith Talk - The Birth of a Prophet

The Birth of a Prophet

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on with 1 Comments

Is a prophet born or made? What does it take to speak truth to power or to discern where God is leading us? Are these skills that can be taught - and if so, where do we sign up?

Such are the questions I find myself asking today on the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24). Typically in the church we celebrate someone on the anniversary of their death. The only other person whose birth we officially celebrate in the Episcopal Church is Jesus. What makes John so special?

Well, there are the circumstances of his birth. He was the long-prayed for child born to the priest Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth in their old age. When he encountered Jesus in utero, we’re told that he leaped in his mother’s womb for joy. The angel Gabriel told Zechariah that John would be filled with the Holy Spirit. It sounds like nature and nurture were working together on this one.  

He may have been “to the temple born,” but he didn’t stay there. We find him as an adult as far from the religious establishment as he can get – baptizing people not in a shiny font but in the Jordan River. He’s out on the far edges of the faith – reminding anyone who’ll listen that we’re all in need of forgiveness. He doesn’t worry so much about being gentle and pastoral. He’s there to point out what’s wrong – to pull off our self-protective blinders and name all the elephants in the room.

Given Mary and Elizabeth’s close connection, John must have known Jesus growing up. Yet when Jesus comes to him to be baptized, it’s as if John is seeing him truly for the first time. From that point on, he’s as confident as anyone in announcing Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Like any real prophet, he points away from himself to the larger truth.  

We hear about John’s arrest and beheading in all the Gospels, but it’s Matthew who gives us his questions about Jesus. John’s in prison for speaking out again, this time for calling out Herod on his unseemly marriage to Herodias. He could have left it alone, but it’s not really in the nature of prophets to let things be. Sitting in jail for doing what he thought was right and wondering if it was all worth it, he sends word to Jesus: “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” (Matthew 11:2) It’s not a polite question, but it’s an honest one.

Back in Numbers (11:29), Moses once said: “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!” I wonder about that sometimes. Sure, we need truth tellers, but sometimes we need it told in a way that it can be heard. We need to be challenged, yes, but in such a way that we’re supported to rise to it. We need the voices on the edges, but we also need those in the center to hold a bigger circle than the prophet might prefer. It’s not always enough to be right.

But that doesn’t make what’s right irrelevant. Thank God for those who push us to ask harder questions, who dare to find God outside of the “approved” channels of grace, and who make us stretch from who we are to who we could be. Happy Birthday, John the Baptist.

Peace,

Emily+

Comments

JIM TATE June 29, 2016 8:32am

If the nativity of John the Baptist can bring up such deep thought, and all-encompassing questions in your mind, what is left for the nativity of Jesus? Thank you for an interesting and thoughtful CUP. -TATE

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