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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

                        Teen Fellowship Service (Little Sanctuary)

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

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 9:00 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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Membership at St. Alban's

03.01.16 | Connect, Formation

    All are welcome at St. Alban's. If you're not already a member, at some point, we hope you will choose to become one.

    The St. Alban’s community is made up of people who come from a wide variety of spiritual traditions and who are at many points in their own spiritual development. For this reason, we offer a number of ways to participate in our worship and ministries. We welcome the faithful, the seeker, and the doubter for God’s embrace is wide and God’s good news is for all. From the time of your first visit here, we welcome you to enter fully into worship, to receive Holy Communion, and to be part of our parish family. 

    Newcomers 

    For many people, it takes a while to assess a spiritual community and decide whether they wish to make it their spiritual home. For us, the key question is whether this is a community that challenges you to grow. We encourage newcomers to attend services, engage with our opportunities to serve and to learn, meet the people who are here, and look for a sense of belonging. We will work with you in this time of discernment, helping you meet to people and figure out what’s here and how to participate in it.  We understand that there can be many doors into a community of faith and we are committed to helping you find the door that works for you. 

    Church Membership 

    Once you have decided that you wish to pitch your tent here for a while, you are ready to become a member of the parish by registering your baptism with the church office and stating that you wish to be a member here. If you come from a non-Christian faith tradition or from no faith tradition at all, the clergy would love to speak with you about baptism when you are ready for it. Members are eligible to be married here and to vote in elections for our parish leadership.

    While visitors are mostly people whom we serve, we hope that members will take their place in the life of this community, as active engagement is the foundation for spiritual growth. We expect that our members will:

    • attend worship frequently
    • participate in ministry outside of Sunday worship. We have a wide array of ministries that range from weekly commitments to monthly ones, and even to occasional service, so you can pick not only your interests but also work with the time you have to give. We also know that there are times in every person’s life (such as caring for a newborn or a sick relative, or after a bereavement) in which what you may most need from this community is a place of prayer and support.
    • enroll your children or teenagers in our formation programs and support them in participating.
    • try to nourish your own spiritual growth, either by making use of the classes and resources that we provide, or by reading or prayer on your own.
    • support the parish financially, either by making an annual pledge or by making a regular non-pledge contribution. 

    If you wish to take this step, and if you were previously a member of another church, you only need to ask us to initiate a Letter of Transfer. If you come from another faith tradition, that’s fine. We welcome you. 

    Membership in the Episcopal Church 

    While our community includes people who were raised in other traditions, many people do eventually decide that they wish to become Episcopalian. If you wish to learn more about the Episcopal Church, we offer an adult confirmation class twice a year that explores our spirituality, history, and traditions. Many people take it simply to explore and deepen their spirituality. If you have been baptized in another tradition and wish to become Episcopalian, we will present you to be confirmed or received by the Bishop of Washington, Mariann Budde. (And we’ll even explain the difference as part of the class.) At that point, you would be able to participate in parish leadership at the highest level, the Vestry (our governing board). Contact the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare to learn more.