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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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06.05.17 | Connect

    Missed something on the latest news page? Here's an archive of St. Alban's happenings.

    ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

    by Laura Ingersoll, Senior Warden

    At the 2018 Annual Meeting on January 28, Geoffrey Hoare reported on the state of the parish, noting that after a vigorous “scrub” of the parish rolls we have 1,316 baptized members (including children) who have expressed a commitment to St. Alban’s. He observed that only 450 are “confirmed members” and encouraged those who are not to join an Enquirers’ Class in preparation for confirmation or, if confirmed in another denomination, reception into the Episcopal Church. Geoffrey spoke of his vision for the parish’s near future, including the music and children/youth programs and the San Albano community. 

    Laura Ingersoll presented the Wardens’ Report, noting particularly that a first priority of the new Vestry would be discernment – together with Geoffrey and Bishop Mariann Budde – of a potential call to Geoffrey to serve as our Rector. She invited parishioners to convey to Vestry members their views on the matter. Treasurer Hollis McLoughlin reported on the solid state of the parish financial system, the strong performance of pledges for 2018 and our investments, and the balanced budget recently passed by the Vestry. These written annual reports are available on the parish website. Parishioner Paul Brewster, a Diocesan Council member, reported on the previous day’s Diocesan Convention, noting that its main features were diversity and unity.  He joyfully announced that the Convention elected our parishioner Anton Vanterpool to serve on the Diocesan Standing Committee. 

    Geoffrey and Laura both expressed deep appreciation to the out-going elected leaders, and to the parishioners who had stood for election this year.  Election results were announced the next day:  Junior Warden: Diane Adams; Vestry: Walker Carter, Leo Coco, Glenn Davis, and Lucy Fraser (three-year terms), and Lara McCoy Roslof (one-year term); Diocesan Delegates:  Barbara Manard and Heather Sondel; Amie Vandersluis (alternate). 

    Click here to read the Annual Reports.

    There will be a called meeting of the new Vestry on February 7 at 7:15 p.m. for the purpose of meeting with Bishop Marianne regarding discernment of a potential Rector call to Geoffrey; it is expected that the meeting will largely be in Executive Session.  The Vestry's first regular meeting will be on February 28.

    NEW STEPHEN MINISTERS

    Margie Delaney, Mary Beth Evans, Mercy Lightsey, Carol Aschenbrener, and Marcy Fisher have completed extensive training and are ready to serve. Our Stephen Ministers offer confidential one-on-one support to parishioners in life transitions such as illness, bereavement, divorce, unemployment, aging, relocation, caregiver stress and challenges within families. They are caring people of mature faith who can listen, pray and provide encouragement. Also commissioned as a Stephen Leader today is Ann Nix, joining Jo Turner in that role. Ann completed leadership training last summer. If you or someone you know might benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, contact Jo.

    CHRISTMAS THANKS

    Children's pageant. Candlelit services. Community dinner. St. Alban's celebrated Christmas 2017 with great joy. Some 200 neighbors joined us at noon on Christmas day to enjoy a delicious feast of roast turkey, mashed potatoes and other vegetables and—always a crowd favorite--many homemade pies. The guests include elderly or homeless neighbors, celebrating together as a community of friends. Dozens of St Alban’s parishioners, members of the Washington Hebrew Congregation, and some local residents volunteered their time and talents to make this a bountiful, joyful occasion. Sincere thanks to each of you. Watch for a story about our Christmas season celebrations in the next issue of Alban Life. Subscribe to receive blog updates by email.

     

    ADVENT RETREAT

    A large contingent of St. Albanites (19!) gathered at Memorial House in Rehoboth Beach on December 1 for the annual Advent retreat. The weekend, spent largely in silence, was centered around meditations on T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, led by The Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare. The retreat was nourishing and centering, providing respite from the daily barrage of news and the press of our individual agendas--a chance to worship, reflect and prepare for the coming of Christ. If you've never attended, consider going next year. Read more about it on our new blog, Alban Life.

    COMBINED CHOIRS FOR ALL SAINTS SUNDAY

    St. Alban's choirs sang excerpts from Gabriel Fauré's Requiem at the 9:00 and 11:15 services on November 5, marking All Saints Day. It was glorious. We'll be posting more videos soon on our YouTube channel. Please subscribe!

    BISHOP BUDDE VISITATION

    Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Diocese of Washington made her annual visit to St. Alban's in October. She preached about prayer, and then led a forum and discussion about spiritual traditions and change in the church. 

    NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN

    The nominating committee is accepting suggestions for candidates for junior warden, five vestry slots and one diocesan delegate position. The members of the committee are:

    Rich Turner (outgoing junior warden) – Chair
    Eliot Edgar (outgoing diocesan delegate)
    Ivan Fermin (outgoing vestry member)
    Kristie Hassett (outgoing vestry member)
    Hollis McLoughin (parishioner & current parish treasurer)
    Kate McNamara (parishioner)
    Ken Patterson (outgoing vestry member)
    Virginia Schofield (parishioner)     

    A slate of at least two qualified and willing candidates for each open position will be presented to the Vestry on November 15 for acceptance. Voting occurs at St. Alban’s annual meeting in January.

    SOUTH SUDAN STUDENTS SEND THANKS

    St. Alban’s scholarship students at Hope and Resurrection School in South Sudan have sent thank-you notes to the parish. Deborah Athiei Malith (pictured) writes, “for the support you gave me (I) am glad and I pray that the Lord will help you in whatever you are doing, so that you help others who are in need.”

    Mary Aweil Maker says, “I . . . appreciate you for the tremendous work you are doing, particularly for the big finger of generosity you have lifted to me.”

    Both girls add that their parents are grateful for the financial aid provided their daughters. Click here to see their letters.

    St. Alban's also pays the salary of assistant headmaster Dovico Kyabanawandi, who sent this thank you video by way of Hope for Humanity, the nonprofit that launched the school.

    SECRETS OF ST. ALBAN'S ORGAN

    Organ builder Michael Hart spoke at the fall OWLs luncheon and described the challenges of designing and installing the instrument we're lucky enough to listen to every Sunday. Did you know the organ is suspended from the roof of the church? And that it weighs about as much as two Honda Accords?

    Learn more "secrets" of our unique instrument after Lacey Gude's introduction:

    FIRST WEDNESDAYS ARE BACK

    The Altar Guild hosted the first First Wednesday dinner of the fall, providing delicious food for one and all. These gatherings give us a chance to relax in fellowship with parishioners of all ages. A free-will offering is gratefully accepted. Mark your calendar to join us for an upcoming First Wednesday in Satterlee Hall.

    WELCOME THE NEWLY BAPTIZED

    The 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday, September 24, was a festival of baptisms as we welcomed six new brothers and sisters in Christ. Rev'd Geoffrey and Rev'd Emily took turns as the families and godparents of three infants and three young children being baptized gathered around the font. 

    We've added a gallery of wonderful photos (thanks to photographer extraordinaire John Thorne). 

    ST. ALBAN'S GETS AROUND

    Our new St. Alban's t-shirts are popping up all over thanks to summer travel. For those not following us on Instagram, you can see collected photos in a new gallery.

    If you're out and about in your St. Alban's t, send a photo to Deborah Potter and she'll add you to the gallery. No names are mentioned in these posts but we do like to know the location.

    This photo was taken at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY, on a visit to April the giraffe who held the internet enthralled all during Lent.

    NEWS ABOUT THE REV'D DEBBIE KIRK

    You might have heard by now that we have secured the pastoral leadership for our Spanish liturgy community of San Albano for the next two years. We have been able to do this by funding the previously unfunded ‘leg’ of our vision for Global Mission. You might know that we have undertaken to support work in relationship with schools in Africa and the Middle East (continuing our commitment to transforming the lives of children). The third part of that vision was to work with people from Mexico, Central American and South America but to do that in the greater DC area. The Rev’d Debbie Kirk, now Associate Rector, will spend half her time effecting our Global Mission in this area by working at, in, and through CASA de Maryland. This is an outstanding organization with opportunities for many of us (Spanish-speaking and not) to engage the work. Debbie has already begun that work and will be reporting regularly and inviting us to work with her.

    This creative decision was driven by both a practical challenge (how to provide pastoral and liturgical leadership for San Albano) and ministry opportunity (the third leg of our vision for Global Mission) and is done with support of the leadership of God’s Work in the World and our Wardens and Vestry.
     
    Please congratulate Debbie as she begins this new phase of her ministry among us.
     
    Sincerely,
    Geoffrey

    PROPERTY UPDATE

    A contractor has installed a French drain in the raised flowerbed on the Wisconsin Ave. side of Nourse Hall to try to eliminate the water that has been seeping through the wall and damaging the plaster inside. On a related note – doesn’t that flowerbed (as well as others around the church and Satterlee Hall) look wonderful! Many thanks to Lucy Fraser and all of the volunteers who continue to offer their time and TLC to beautify our grounds.

    A major cleaning and refurbishment is underway on our organ. The builders, DiGenaro-Hart, are removing, cleaning, and repairing all of the thousands of pipes, replacing some of the electronic and mechanical controls, and moving some pieces around to provide more flexibility in range and tone for Justin’s inspired performances. But don’t worry – the work is being done in phases and we have been assured that we will always have sufficient organ for services. The work is scheduled to finish by the end of August so the organ will be ready in all its glory for the beginning of the program year.

    SOME SENDS THANKS

    So Others Might Eat has sent a letter thanking St. Alban's for our 33 years of service to this ministry. Many of us provide casseroles and fresh fruit to SOME one Sunday each month and it all adds up. "We could not address the hunger crisis in our city without your support," the letter says. "The lunch we receive monthly from Saint Alban's for the men, womeand children who come to SOME enabled us to provide 230,741 meals in our dining room and 51,645 meals in our housing programs last year." 

    Special thanks to Marty and Faye Kerns, the coordinators of this ministry! 

    ASP MISSION TRIP

    St. Alban's sent a team of 13--eight youth and five adults--on the annual mission trip to work with the Appalachia Service Project in June, 2017. We traveled as a group with other churches in the Diocese of Washington to St. Paul in Southwest Virginia, and worked on a variety of projects. At a forum on July 16, our missioners shared a video about their trip.

    GLOBAL MISSION REPORT

    St. Alban's works with people in need around the world and with people from around the world who face problems in our community. These efforts are coordinated by the Global Mission Committee, which has just issued its annual report. Their work focused on helping our partner schools in Jordan and South Sudan, assisting refugees and immigrants here at home, and maintaining interfaith contacts and dialogue. 

    ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTIONS

    The annual meeting was held on Sunday, June 4, in Nourse Hall. A quorum was present. No votes were taken. The Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare, Priest-in-Charge, reported on the state of the parish and discussed challenges and opportunities on the horizon. Read more.

    Our new Vestry members, elected to three-year terms, are Jane Schubert, Michele Bond, Emily DiBari and Adrienne Allison. Our new Diocesan Delegate is Ted Swett. The Vestry expresses gratitude to these parishioners and to all who stood for election.

    WE'RE SOCIAL AT ST. ALBAN'S

    St. Alban’s loves sharing and we’re doing it in lots of new ways. You can now find us on Instagram and YouTube. We have an active, public Facebook page, where you can find out what’s happening at St. Alban’s. There’s also a Facebook group you can join to have conversations with fellow parishioners. Sermons are available on our website and mobile site, and as a podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, GooglePlay or wherever you get your podcasts. Please follow or subscribe to all of our channels so you’ll know when new content is posted.

    STRAWBERRY SUNDAY

    Our first ever Strawberry Sunday on Memorial Day weekend 2017 was a huge hit. Thanks to all the volunteer berry slicers, whipped cream bringers, pie bakers and ice cream scoopers.

    The weather couldn't have been better, so we all gathered on the columbarium patio. What a great way to celebrate our first-of-the-season 10 a.m. service.

    Strawberry Sunday may just have to become an annual event!

    THANKS, GARDEN GUILD

    Thanks to all the volunteers who came out on Saturday, May 20, to help weed and add new plantings to the many gardens around our church buildings. Everything looks beautiful. If you weren't able to join us, here's a video glimpse of what you missed.

    GALA SUCCESS

    Our annual gala and auction dedicated to our Transforming the Lives of Children initiative was a smashing success. We raised more than last year for our three beneficiaries: Harriet Tubman School, Hope and Resurrection School (South Sudan) and St. Saviour's School (Jordan). Here are the details on how the money was used. Photos from the evening are posted here.

    Thanks to everyone who attended, donated and bid on 2017 auction items, assisted with set-up, tending bar, serving and clean-up, and special thanks to the organizers: Julie Clements-Smith, Abby Davis, Dudley Winthrop, the auction guru, and Donna Palmer, who made the raffle possible. 

    ORGAN REPAIRS

    Don’t be surprised if you see organ pipes in unexpected places over the summer of 2017. It has been nearly 20 years since St. Alban’s organ was rebuilt and installed into its current location. A major cleaning and refurbishment is beginning this month on this marvelous musical asset (the replacement value is north of $1M). DiGenaro-Hart, the builders of this latest incarnation, will be removing, cleaning, and repairing all of the thousands of pipes, replacing some of the electronic and mechanical controls, and moving some pieces around to provide more flexibility in range and tone for Justin’s inspired performances. But don’t worry – the work will be done in phases and we have been assured we will always have sufficient organ for services of any type. The work is scheduled to finish by the end of August so the organ will be ready in all its glory for the beginning of the program year.  Questions? Just ask Junior Warden Rich Turner or interim music director Justin Boyer.

    SPECTACULAR SHROVE TUESDAY 

    Thanks to our Rite 13 youth and leaders for a fantastic feast on Shrove Tuesday 2017. 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

    WELCOME OUR NEW PRIEST-IN-CHARGE

    St. Alban's welcomed the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare with an Evensong service and reception on February 26, 2017. Under the priest-in-charge model, he and the Vestry have agreed to a three-year commitment.  At about the halfway point – in 18 months – we will mutually discern whether he should become our rector. Read more about Geoffrey here. More photos of the event are online here

    MUSIC ADVISORY GROUP REPORT

    A Music Advisory Group, formed during the interim period and tasked with seeking a comprehensive understanding of the music at St. Alban's, presented their final report to the Vestry on February 15. The report may be viewed here

    A CHRISTMAS TO CELEBRATE 2016

    St. Alban's sanctuary was packed on Christmas Eve, especially for the 4 p.m. service featuring the children's pageant. This year's program, The World Sings Noel, was produced by Amie Vandersluis, with the help of angels, shepherds and friendly beasts of all shapes and sizes. Special thanks to our narrators, Annie and Matthew! More photos are available here

     

    On Christmas Day, Satterlee Hall was filled with joy as we served a delectable dinner to our neighbors. More than 175 guests, friends and parishioners feasted on turkey with all the trimmings and pies galore. An impromptu chorus joined our guest pianist in song. Santa came too! Many thanks to all who helped, including the Mattheis, who organized, and kitchen captain Phoebe Jane Winthrop. It was fabulous all around! View more photos here.

    OP SHOP SETS A RECORD IN 2016

    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!