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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 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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ASP Mission 2016

10.23.16 | Serve, Youth

    St. Alban's youth make a mission trip each summer in partnership with the Appalachia Service Project. Our teams travel to some of the poorest counties in our country to make homes warmer, safer and drier. Each year, our participants find that they are the ones who have been renewed.

    In 2016, St. Alban’s team of 23 served their ASP mission in Wyoming County, West Virginia along with 50 other youth and adults from the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Here are the reflections of a few of our youth missioners.

    Clara B. (1st year on ASP)

    The most important lesson I took away from the experience was the power of prayer in communities. Praying together with the ASP participants from different churches brought a sense of unity to the program and let me get to know people in ways I wouldn't have otherwise. Our family that we served also cooked us amazing homemade lunches everyday, and each day before we ate , we would pray together. This prayer brought us closer together and connected us in a more meaningful way.

    Colleen M. (3rd year)

    During the week, I really grew close to the group I was working with. Our team brought so many different talents, experiences and stories to the table and it made everyday at the work site all the more fun. Unfortunately, our homeowner was very ill, but the community around him showed the passion and care that they have for each other. After my third year, the blend of all the different churches around the Diocese was an amazing experience that made this trip all the better. We were able to bond not only as a church but as a diocese as a whole. This experience, once again, reshaped who I am and has given me a broader depth of what my faith means to me today. 

    Edward B. (1st year)

    I wanted to go because I felt that I had been living my life disconnected with the real world, and so I wanted to reconnect to things such as communities that weren't as wealthy or well off as the ones in my life, so that I wouldn't lose sight of real world issues such as those. The most important thing I probably took away from my experience there was how money is really just a token, and doesn't translate into happiness. Many of the houses we worked on had kids living in them, and even though we were strangers ripping up their house, they still were friendly to us and made amazing memories. That experience, seeing kids so happy and playful without being well off and comfortable, changed my perspective on life, and definitely will be contributing to me going back next year.

    Emma M. (3rd year)

    Every year, I am astounded by the power of basic human connections. This year, the family that hosted our group invited us into their home for lunch everyday. So, each day, we shuffled into the house, muddy boots, dirty overalls and all, sat around their kitchen table and shared a simple meal. Every day, when we shared this meal and discussed random things like our favorite movies or school, I saw the basic similarities in our lives despite the vast and glaring differences that were at the surface. Through these connections, I saw God.

    Katie F. (3rd year)

    I was excited to go back because of the community that always develops on ASP, especially between the individual work groups and because of the opportunity to personally help people in a very lasting way. We always get great work done, I always have a great time, and I always have a great story to tell when I get home at the end of the week. This year I had a few great stories, but this one was probably my favorite; on our second day of work a kitten wandered onto our worksite. Her eyes were crusted over with something; whatever it was had completely blinded her and she was having trouble finding her way around. We decided that we couldn’t just leave her like that so we cleaned out her eyes with lukewarm water and a towel that one of the homeowners gave us. She started blinking really quickly to get the water and the rest of the stuff out of her eyes; for this reason, we affectionately called the kitten “Blink.” Blink followed us around the worksite for the rest of the day, drank from our water bottles and ate some of our food. She was gone by the next morning though; I hope she made it home okay. Cleaning off a kitten’s eyes with a wet cloth wasn’t a difficult task for us but it made a world of difference for Blink. I was reminded of how much little things can make a difference to people, or kittens in this case.

    Woodfen M. (1st year)

    I made connections with the people I worked with and the family I helped. Every day something new and exciting happened. I remember one day, the family’s dog was already outside waiting for us. When we rolled up in the van, he started jumping on us and licking and barking. It was great! I think the only downside to ASP is how smelly you get after a day of work. But in the same way that is a positive. It shows that you worked hard and did a good job. I saw God in all of these people we met because of their will to do good in the world and how hard they have persevered through the tough times. ASP was an amazing experience and I am already looking forward to it next year!