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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)

Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 9:00 a.m.  Daily Morning Prayer

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.                                    Holy Eucharist: Rite II


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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2016 St. Alban's Gala

03.04.16 | Serve, Connect

2016 St. Alban

    Sign up now to participate in St. Alban’s 2016 Gala Dinner and Auction

    Saturday evening, April 16, 2016

    Silent Auction and Reception at 6:00 in Nourse Hall , followed by Dinner in Satterlee Hall

    Tickets and sign-ups to volunteer and donate to the auction will take place on Sundays (except Easter) in the Narthex.

    Tickets will be available ($75 for dinner and auction, $35 for auction only) until the Gala sells out and are payable by cash or check before Sunday, April 10, 2016. Reserved seats that are not paid for by April 10 will be given to those on the waiting list. Angel tickets are available.

    Child care for ages 3+ will be available with advance sign-up



    The 2016 Gala and Auction will benefit four organizations working to support children and youth in some of the most troubled parts of our city and the world.  We are excited to work with these four organizations which are doing so much to secure the future of our children and youth.


    Harriet Tubman Elementary School
    in Washington, DC: Tubman serves 575 prekindergarten through 5th grade students, many from homeless shelters and low-income housing. 99% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch, and the majority speak English as a second language. Your gift would help support intervention programs for struggling students and start a food pantry.


    Hope and Resurrection School
    in South Sudan: In the world’s newest nation, torn by civil war and with an 80% illiteracy rate, Hope & Resurrection provides a safe haven and secondary education to 231 students. Your donation will support the salary of the girls’ dorm matron and English teacher and full scholarships for two girls.


    t. Philip’s Child Development Center
    in Washington, DCIn the heart of DC’s poorest ward, St. Philip’s offers infant and toddler care and preschool to some of DC’s most disadvantaged children. You can help us provide uniforms for the preschool. 



    St. Saviour’s School
    in Jordan: An academically rigorous K-12 school serving 350 sighted and blind students, St. Saviour’s is located in a gritty industrial city whose economy has been eavily impacted by the Syrian refugee crisis. With your help, we will provide full scholarships for up to six students who would otherwise have to drop out because of their families’ loss of income and inability to pay school fees.


    Thanks to the generosity endemic at St. Alban’s, you can count on a panoply of wonderful items available at the Silent Auction, many of which go for amazing prices!  In addition, we are well on our way to offering a number of other opportunities for you to contribute to the Greater Good and perchance be awarded with fantastic prizes.  So far you can anticipate:

    Coming Soon --  Raffle

    The Gala raffle is back by popular demand. Buying tickets will boost St. Alban’s support of our four designated organizations and will give you a chance to win one of two enticing prizes:

    Brush Up Your Shakespeare: A gift certificate good for tickets to any play at The Shakespeare Theatre and another for dinner at any of Jose Andres’ near-by restaurants (Jaleo, Oyamel, Zaytinya). 

    A Jug of Wine, A Loaf of Bread . . You Supply the Thou:
    Gourmet Picnic Basket with all you’ll need for a special outdoor feast for two including a bottle of wine and a gift card to Wagshal’s deli. 

    Raffle tickets cost $5 apiece and will be sold in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.

    Live Auction 

    Stayed tuned for additions, but we already have the following crowd pleaser for an after-dinner live auction:

    Your own evening with The Silver Strings:
      You get to arrange a night  of original, contemporary, and traditional folk, country, gospel, bluegrass, and swing music at a mutually agreed upon date and time at a venue of your choice. Up to 1.5 hours with Silver Strings: parishioner Paul Loether – guitar, bass, banjo, vocals; Pepper Watkins – guitar, bass, mandolin, vocals; Tom Carroll – guitar, vocals; Blount Stewart – harmonica, vocals; Richard Weil – guitar, vocals.  


    Help Needed

    Your participation is needed to make the Gala a fun and fruitful event. There are opportunities for all, even if you can’t attend:

    Donate an auction item* (Print out the Auction Donation form, attached here)

    • Vacation homes
    • Event and performance tickets
    • Tours and adventures
    • Works of art, especially by parishioners
    • Personal and professional services
    • Edible creations or premium wines

    Approach merchants who may be happy to support our great cause. (A letter to use for this effort is attached here

    Lend a hand

    • Sell tickets and sign up volunteers
    • Greet and check in guests
    • Set up for the event
    • Tend bar during the auction or during the dinner
    • Help in the kitchen
    • Clean up afterward
    • Donate canapés for the auction reception

    Buy an angel ticket

    • These enable the participation of parishioners unable to buy a ticket.
    • They also cover the cost of hosting a leader from each beneficiary organization.

    Contribute financially

    • Underwrite the cost of wine served at the auction and the dinner (several levels available)
    • Make a donation toward event costs and maximize funds for our beneficiary organizations


    *Auction donation forms must be submitted by March 27 (Easter Sunday) in order for items to be included in the auction catalogue.

    Gala co-chairs:

         Emily DiBari  (615)631-4266;

         Ken Patterson (202) 425-9005;

    Auction co-chairs:

         Katie Wilson (202) 244-0490;

         Dudley Winthrop (202) 337-7548;

    Gala committee members:

         Sandy Kolb (202) 337-8635;

         Abby Davis (202) 716-9545;