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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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07.10.18 | News

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

    2018 YOUTH MISSION TRIP 

    Seven St. Albanites spent a week in Kentucky in June, repairing homes and getting to know some of the people of Estill County. If that area sounds familiar, it's because the county is named for the Estill family; native son Bob was our Rector at one time.

    The trip was our first to that area but it won't be our last. St. Alban's has a new partnership with St. Timothy's Episcopal Outreach Center and will send another team there in 2019.

    Read more about the trip and what the participants say they learned on the Alban Life blog

    JUNE VESTRY NEWS FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN

    By Laura Ingersoll

    The Vestry took an hour-long guided tour of the parish buildings, led by Director of Operations Charles Porter and Junior Warden Diane Adams, to develop a common understanding of the range and condition of our spaces. Charles is winding up a comprehensive space-use assessment, and he and Diane are working to complete a list of long-deferred-maintenance projects (developed in part by parishioner Marc Fetterman; thank you, Marc!). Rector Geoffrey Hoare described the importance of making decisions about our extraordinary but complicated, spaces based on the evolving programmatic needs and ministry visions of the community, and the need to prioritize our spending on refurbishing and repurposing spaces. Myriad significant potential projects were identified.

    The Vestry applauded the leadership of Vestry member Lucy Fraser in continuing to beautify our landscape, working in concert with the Cathedral grounds staff.

    The Vestry approved funds for a specific plan to upgrade the parish's telecommunications and internet connection infrastructure. This is a long-studied and extremely important step that will give us the capability to support improved;phone service, a better website, and significantly enhanced cloud-based record-keeping and communications. The Vestry also approved funds to install upgraded audio-visual equipment and capability in Nourse Hall, and expressed gratitude to Ed Roslof and Warren Clark for their work on this, with Charles Porter. Both projects should be operational near the start of the program year in September.

    Senior Warden Laura Ingersoll presented a plan for a new online parish
    pictorial directory (also to be available in printed form), that will be enabled by the imminent internet connection upgrade. The directory project will be led by parishioners Marcy Fisher and Barbara Manard, and implemented in the fall.

    The next regular Vestry meeting will be on July 18.

    Previous Vestry meeting summaries can be found here.

    MUSIC UPDATE

    Great news! St. Alban's is reviving our chorister program for children age 7 through 12th grade under our new music director, Jeremy Filsell, who arrives later this summer. All children in the area are welcome to join, so please spread the word. Registration will open in August; the program will start on September 13 with rehearsals on Thursdays after school. Read more about the program.

    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. 

    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.