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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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Latest News

01.23.17 | News

    What's new at St. Alban's? Read on for Vestry updates and other news from the St. Alban's community.

    MAY VESTRY NEWS FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN

    By Laura Ingersoll

    Parish Gala co-chair Abby Davis joyfully reported to the Vestry that the Gala raised nearly $37,000 for the schools we support in South Sudan, in Jordan, and in DC’s Columbia Heights, and she invited the Vestry to help re-think the purpose and format of future fundraising galas. Vestry member Walker Carter updated the Vestry on early plans for next Fall’s annual appeal campaign, which he and Suzy Mink will work on together with co-chairs Ashley and Dominic Bianchi in order to help parishioners commit to support the ongoing mission and ministries of our faith community.

    Senior Warden Laura Ingersoll reported on the Governance committee’s bylaws revision project, explaining that the proposed revised bylaws will be vetted by the Vestry over the summer and presented to the parish for comment, and then for approval, in the fall. She noted Geoffrey Hoare’s observation that the purpose of bylaws is not to address or resolve relational issues through legalistic means, but simply to set forth some procedures for managing certain canonically-required activities relating to parish governance. Geoffrey noted that the recent Diocesan Clergy Conference keynote speaker, Tony Morgan, authored a book entitled “The Unstuck Church” that offers interesting ideas for future consideration by the Vestry.

    The Vestry approved funds to repair an aged failed compressor in the Satterlee Hall air conditioning system. 

    The Vestry expressed dismay at the resignation of Emily DiBari, who has moved with her family to Clinton NY, for a new job and to be closer to the DiBari clan; the entire parish misses Emily, Chester, and their two boys! The Vestry elected Ted Swett to fill Emily’s seat, with the proviso that he continue his able service as Secretary. The Vestry appointed parishioner Abel Smith to the Standing Committee on Personnel. It was noted that parishioner Diana Gustafson will be
    ordained to the priesthood on June 16.

    The next regular Vestry meeting will be on June 20.

    Previous Vestry meeting summaries can be found here.

    MUSIC NEWS

    Justin Boyer, who has been our music director for two years, will be leaving St. Alban's this summer. Rector Geoffrey Hoare announced the change in a letter to the parish. "Justin has led our music with grace,
    good humor, exquisite keyboard skills, and wonderful compositions through a challenging period," Geoffrey wrote, "and I hope you will join me in expressing appreciation to him over the next few months." Our new music director, Jeremy Filsell, arrives in mid-August. In addition to serving as organist and leading our choirs, he will launch a music program for children and youth beginning this fall.

    CONGRATULATIONS, GORDON AVERY

    Celebrating the service of a longtime St. Albanite, Seabury Resources for Aging honored our own Gordon Avery at its annual "Celebration of Service" event at the National Cathedral. Each year, Seabury recognizes the contributions of older adults for extraordinary service in their church and the broader community. Dr. Avery’s years as a vestry member, junior and senior warden, choir member, lay reader, and musician at our Washington Home Sunday services are extraordinary indeed. A neonatologist, his many years at Children’s Hospital resulted in countless healthy babies. Lunch in Satterlee Hall followed the festive service at the Cathedral. Congratulate Gordon when you see him!

     

    LIGHTING ALERT

    To accommodate parishioners who need more light to comfortably see/read in the sanctuary, some experimentation is underway. Technology is evolving and changing, and we, with the help of an electrician, are testing new LED light bulbs in the sanctuary fixtures to find the combination that is compatible with our current dimmer system and will provide us with the best light. As we experiment, you may notice a mix of intensity and color in the lighting. Please bear with us as we work toward a successful solution. Change is afoot - for efficiency and added illumination. Questions? Talk to Director of Operations Charles Porter or Junior Warden Diane Adams.

    WELCOME, RENEE

    Renée Patrick has joined our staff as Parish and Youth Ministry Administrator. Renée comes to us with five years of experience in Episcopal Church administration. She was born and raised in Neptune, NJ (a mere 14 blocks from the beach). After completing her Bachelor’s in Business at Stockton State College, Renée relocated to the D.C. Metro area to continue her career. In her spare time Renée enjoys traveling, the beach, and amusement rides. She and her husband Ernest live in Columbia, MD, along with their two children and two dogs.

    Renée will take on most of communications at St. Alban’s and will manage the church office, in addition to providing administrative support to the rector for our youth program.

    With Renée joining the staff, Charles Porter has become our Director of Operations and will focus more of his time and energy on our property and facilities. 

     

    YOUTH MISSION TRIP 

    This summer, St. Alban's youth will have a new destination for their mission trip. They'll be working with the people of Irvine, Kentucky through St. Timothy’s Episcopal Outreach Center. Youth who are rising 9th graders and above, and any interested adults, will depart from the St Alban’s Day Picnic on June 24 and return the following Saturday, June 30. The cost per participant is $225.00. Scholarship assistance is available on request. Contact Rev'd Geoffrey for more information.

    Looking for something you once found on this page? Want to take a look back at previous events or announcements? Check the news archive page.