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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

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.)

How do you worship?

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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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  Recently I acted upon the urging of a friend.  The admonition was simply put as we passed one another outside the church: "Jim, I've just come from the Textile Museum... you must go."  Oh My.  Dear Friends, I’ve just come from the Textile Museum at The George Washington ...

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The Birth of a Prophet

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Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

Is a prophet born or made? What does it take to speak truth to power or to discern where God is leading us? Are these skills that can be taught - and if so, where do we sign up? Such are the questions I find myself asking today on the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24). Typically ...

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The "Daily" Cup?

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Posted by Charles Porter on

You have no doubt noticed that delivery of “The Daily Cup” has been somewhat of an adventure since we moved to our new format. I have read your emails to me asking why you haven’t received one every day or why you have received the same one more than once. Indeed, as ...

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Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on

     Those of you who read this blog regularly may have noticed that our postings were a bit ..."unusual"... last week. Ron Hicks posted a wonderful post about never knowing the last time you would do something, and then it went out again, and again. By Thursday, the church ...

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Go Forth In The Name of Ron

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Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

Yesterday we said our farewells to beloved members of our parish, Ron and Jonnie Sue. While we may see them again we won't see Jonnie Sue grooming our grounds or Ron vested as a Verger, or standing like a sentinel during the prayer of consecration.  We won't see him moving Columbarium stones ...

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Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

So many truths of our lives don’t lend themselves well to words – especially when those words are in another tongue. As some of you know, I spent the last couple of weeks taking a Spanish immersion class in Antigua, Guatemala. There’s only so much one can learn in two ...

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We have a new firehouse now in our neighborhood in Arlington. In the old one, there were monthly bingo nights. At one such night I noticed a young woman, still a girl, really, who was tending to several small children. What I noticed was that she was still able to roll and tumble on the floor with ...

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In the past few weeks I've gone on site visits with parishioners to some of the organizations that we are supporting under the rubric of a major mission initiative at St. Alban's that we call TLC (Transforming the Lives of Children).  Each visit has revealed something wonderful about ...

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Seek the "Light Within"

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Posted by Charles Porter on

I attended an adult formation conference once led by religion and spirituality author Phyllis Tickle. Her topic for us was the different ways that generations view the world and navigate within it. One little tidbit that has stuck with me is the fact that baby boomers, of which I am one, struggle ...

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Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on

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