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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.

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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 last time

The last time

Posted by Ron Hicks on with 4 Comments

We have a new firehouse now in our neighborhood in Arlington. In the old one, there were monthly bingo nights. At one such night I noticed a young woman, still a girl, really, who was tending to several small children. What I noticed was that she was still able to roll and tumble on the floor with joyous youthful abandon with her smaller charges. And the thought came to me as I watched her, “You might be doing this for the last time, and you don’t even know it.” For she seemed to me to be right on the cusp of that transition to one of the slightly older but still young other women sitting at tables, conversing.

We often, maybe, always know when we are doing something for the first time. But we seldom know when we are doing something for the last time. I used to run track in high school and college, 880’s mainly. One day I ran an 880, but never did again. I didn’t know that that last time was the last time. I still have a road bike that I bought in 1974 and put many miles on, leading rides for the Potomac Pedalers and commuting to work at the Senate from home in Arlington to Capitol Hill. I haven’t ridden in a few years now, mainly because my sense of balance has become a sometime thing. But I don’t remember the last time I rode, and I sure didn’t realize at the time that it was the last time.

The past few months have been special in the sense that I have been able to recognize and appreciate some ‘last times,’ such as the last time on a Palm Sunday to teach some acolytes about lighting incense and handling a thurible; the last time setting up the seven foot cross in the narthex on Good Friday; the last time to be at the top of a 32 foot ladder changing light bulbs high in the transepts and chancel; the last time to order pizza for the monthly vestry meeting.; the last lighting of the new fire at Easter Vigil; and the last time to write a Daily Cup It’s not as if these awarenesses were bitter sweet, not at all, just heightened awareness and appreciation.

As I look forward to growing older still, I can foresee some specific “last time,” such as the last time to drive a car, should I be so lucky as to give it up gracefully before I lose control some day and hurt someone. I’ll be paying attention, trying to recognize them as they occur.

It’s been a wonderful 16 years at St. Albans. Thanks for inviting me; I had a wonderful time, and I will miss you all.

Peace, Ron

Comments

Jo June 14, 2016 10:53am

Each of these acts -- be they the first or last time you did them -- has been a blessing to all of us at St. Alban's. May you be wrapped in the blessings you have sowed as you travel on to new joys. You will always be part of our story.

Mary- Louise O'Day June 14, 2016 11:23am

Ron,
I have always enjoyed your reflections. You have a wonderful way of writing about your life experiences that always seem to give me something to think about. I will miss your posts. Are you leaving St. Alban's or just leaving your position? 'Mel'

Peter June 15, 2016 8:23am

Thanks Ron for all you did to help our homeless shelter. You did so much behind the scenes to make the shelter comfortable for our homeless friends over the 12 years I served as the shelter coordinator. Many Parishioners did not notice, but the residents, me, and God took notice.
Enjoy retirement.

Suzanne Toro June 15, 2016 6:12pm

Dear Ron, you will be missed but always remembered with great fondness and respect!
Blessings and love, Suzanne Toro+

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