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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

8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite I (spoken)

9:15  a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite II

                        Children's Chapel

                        Teen Fellowship Service (Little Sanctuary)

11:00 a.m.      Misa in Español (Little Sanctuary)

11:30 a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite I

Weekdays, except Tuesday, 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

Visiting a church for the first time can be a bit daunting. So we have tried to put together the answers to some of the questions you’re likely to have and to ensure that you find a warm welcome here. Click on the questions to learn more.)

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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 9:15 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 10:30 to 11:30 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 9:15 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 9:15 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.


    Our schedule for Holy Week this year is a little different than in recent years.

    Maundy Thursday will feature a family service with foot washing before dinner, with services in English and Spanish to follow.

    The three hours on Good Friday will be structured as six 30-minute services, so those who wish to can come and go.

    There will be no Saturday evening service.

    Instead, our worship on Easter Sunday will begin with the new fire in the darkness at 6 a.m., with the Easter Vigil and Festal Eucharists to follow. More details.


    The final Sunday forum in the series on worship conducted by the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare will be on April 3. We've discussed what we expect from worship, how scripture and sermon fit into worship, and what we actually mean when we say the creed and confession. The final two forums focus on the Eucharist: how to approach it in a spirit of generosity and how to be nourished by it for service to others. 

    If you've missed any of the forums, a brief introduction and the audio of each session are posted online


    After previous discussion, we approved a $45,000 Reserve Fund draw for major repair and refurbishment of our organ (which hasn’t been overhauled since it was built nearly 20 years ago, and has gone badly out of tune).  The work will be done by Michael Hart, the organ’s builder, during Spring/Summer, and isn’t expected to disrupt worship services.  Governance Committee Chair Ken Patterson reported that a Vestry vote on proposed bylaws changes would be deferred until our new Priest-in-Charge, Geoffrey Hoare, has a chance to consider and weigh in on them, giving us the benefit of his substantial experience.  
    Emily DiBari reported briefly on the City’s proposed Ward 3 short-term housing project for families (sited next to the 2nd District Police Station near McLean Gardens), and we agreed that the God’s Work in the World team would track the project and recommend support as appropriate. 

    The Vestry engaged in robust discussion of a Global Missions team proposal to provide certain support for the still-evolving “sanctuary movement” forming among religious institutions.  Geoffrey Hoare stressed that for St. Alban’s the issue of how to respond to concerns around current immigration policies is pastoral, not political.  The Adult Forum Committee will sponsor a related 3-part series after Easter Sunday.  Our pastoral and social service ministries will continue to address immigration-related issues in the context of ongoing work.  And the clergy and Global Missions team will monitor the “sanctuary movement” and the Episcopal Church response to it, and propose St. Alban’s participation or action if and as appropriate. 

    Upcoming events include an Earth Day event on April 22 (with a related OWLS Luncheon speaker on 4/20), and the Parish Gala on May 13. 

    This was the first Vestry meeting presided over by Geoffrey Hoare, and he and the Vestry expressed mutual appreciation for the opportunity to work together to build a strong future for St. Alban’s.  The next regularly-scheduled Vestry meeting will be April 19.
    Summaries of previous Vestry meetings and meeting minutes are available in the archive.


    During this season of Lent, instead of asking, "What are you giving up for Lent?" we're asking, "What are you doing for Lent?" and providing a host of options. A five-part Sunday forum series, led by Priest-in-Charge Geoffrey Hoare; Lenten reading groups, discussing one of four books selected for the season; Lenten practices for you to follow at home; and a Stations of the Cross art exhibit to visit across the city. Read more about Lent at St. Alban's, and contact The Rev'd Jim Quigley if you have questions. 


    Thanks to our Rite 13 youth and leaders for a fantastic feast on Shrove Tuesday. Trenbath was packed with parishioners and guests, including about 40 students from Paul Public Charter School in DC, who found out about our annual celebration on the church website. The crowd enjoyed three kinds of pancakes--plain, blueberry and chocolate chip--plus sausages and fruit salad. There were beads, masks and other traditional Mardi Gras decorations aplenty. More photos of the event are online here


    St. Alban's welcomed our new Priest-in-charge, Rev. Geoffrey Hoare, with a festive celebration after Evensong on Sunday, February 26. Geoffrey is in the office as of Wednesday, March 1, and will lead a five-part forum series on Sundays beginning March 5. Nourse Hall was beautifully decorated (thanks, Flower Guild) and bursting with good cheer and great food. Thanks to all who helped with set up, greeting, serving, bar tending, clean up and delivery to Joseph's House, and especially to Susan Morris, who organized it all. More photos are online here. St. Alban's parishioners and Welcome Team members are hosting a number of smaller social events during March and April  to help welcome Geoffrey and his family into our community. Find a date that suits you here.


    Our February forum series on the conflict between morality and war kicked off with a talk by journalist and parishioner David Wood. He's the author of "What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars." Our second speaker was Matt Zeller, founder of the nonprofit No One Left Behind, which works to bring Iraqi and Afghan translators who worked with the U.S. military to the United States. Read more about the series and listen to Wood's talk and Zeller's presentation.


    Congratulations to all who pitched in to help our Opportunity Shop set a sales record in 2016. The shop raised $298,000 for charitable donations. Thanks to Op Shop manager Laura Ferrara and the many volunteers who accept and price donations, staff the shop floor and ring up the sales. Thanks to the many members of St. Alban's who donate amazing clothes, housewares, books and other goods to make the Op Shop THE place to shop in Northwest DC. And thanks to everyone who shopped at the Op Shop in 2016. Come on back as often as you like. They're open Tuesday through Saturday!