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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
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

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Weekdays, except Tuesday, 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 9:15 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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St. Alban's Gala 2017

03.27.17 | Serve, Connect

    Sign up now to participate in St. Alban's annual gala and auction!

    Lift Up The Children

    Our annual gala will be held on Saturday, May 13. The silent auction and reception begin at 6:00 p.m. in Nourse Hall, followed by dinner in Satterlee Hall. 

    Proceeds from the gala and silent auction will benefit Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, DC, Hope and Resurrection School in South Sudan, and St. Saviour's School in Zarka, Jordan. Learn more about our beneficiaires.

    Come bid on amazing auction items: framed art, hand-made ceramics, excursions, adventures and much more. Or place your bid in advance.

    Tickets to attend the gala dinner and auction sell for $75 each; tickets to attend the reception and silent auction only sell for $40. If you'd like to help a representative from one of the three beneficiary organizations or a fellow parishioner attend the gala, Angel tickets are available for $75 each. 

    Volunteers will be selling gala tickets in the narthex on Sundays, following each of the services. If you plan to purchase a gala ticket and will need childcare, please indicate this when you purchase your ticket. Checks should be made out to St. Alban's Church with "Gala 2017" in the memo line.

    The popular Gala Raffle is back! Enter to win a subscription for two to The Washington Chorus’ 2017-2018 season or a basket of “Made in California” wines and other Golden State items. Tickets are $5 each, and proceeds benefit our three schools. What a great way to support the Gala and join the fun even if you can’t join us on May 13. You need not be present to win. Contact: Donna Palmer

    Many hands are needed to make the gala a success. Sign up now to volunteer at the auction or dinner, or to make a donation for the dinner or auction. Popular auction items include 

    • Vacation homes
    • Event and performance tickets
    • Tours and adventures
    • Works of art, especially by parishioners
    • Personal and professional services
    • Edible creations or premium wines

    Gala Signup

    Choose one or more of these opportunities:

    Name of item or service being donated with brief description or terms.

    Value of the item should not exceed price paid by donor for item unless verified by an independent appraisal.  If claiming this donation as a charitable gift, donor should claim no more than the value indicated on this form and may want to consult with his or her own tax professional about the valuation of charitable gifts in general. If unsure, leave blank or enter "priceless."

    * Minimum bids are set at the discretion of the Auction Co‐chairs and generally are 50% of the item’s value.  However, if you would like, please feel free to include a suggested minimum.

     

    2017 Gala Beneficiaries

    Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, DC

    Tubman serves 575 prekindergarten through 5th grade students, many from homeless shelters and low-income housing. 99% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch, and the majority speak English as a second language. Your gift would help support intervention programs for struggling students and start a food pantry. 

    Hope and Resurrection School in South Sudan:

    In the world’s newest nation, torn by civil war and with an 80% illiteracy rate, Hope & Resurrection provides a safe haven and secondary education to 231 students. Your donation will support the salary of the girls’ dorm matron and English teacher and full scholarships for two girls.

    St. Saviour’s School in Jordan:

    An academically rigorous K-12 school serving 350 sighted and blind students, St. Saviour’s is located in a gritty industrial city whose economy has been eavily impacted by the Syrian refugee crisis. With your help, we will provide full scholarships for up to six students who would otherwise have to drop out because of their families’ loss of income and inability to pay school fees.