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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.

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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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The Daily Cup - Breaking Silence, Holding Still and Enlarging our World

Breaking Silence, Holding Still and Enlarging our World

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on with 0 Comments

The Lenten book group that I joined has been reading Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles our Judgment, by Rowan Williams.  It's a spectacular little book and in comparison with much of Williams' writing it's eminently readable!  We'll finish the book over the next two weeks and our final discussion will take place during Holy Week.  Thus far we've pondered Jesus' varied responses to the authorities bent on condemning him in the synoptic gospels - Mark, Matthew and Luke.  Each of the three chapters we have discussed as a group have left me with unforgettable "takeaways."

The first is about breaking silence.  From Williams' reading of The Gospel According to Mark (that's the one where for most the narrative Jesus tells people to "tell no one" about his work) it is at his trial when Jesus finally "breaks his silence," revealing his true identity, and does so for a specific reason: only then did people have the capacity to hear him.   We know what that's like, right?  We know what it's like to be so convinced of one reality that we cannot hear another?  The takeaway for me here is twofold:  On one hand, when God seems silent maybe its because I'm just not ready to listen so God remains mute (when the student is ready... the teacher will arrive).  On the other hand, as imitators of Christ, when, and for what reasons, are we called to break the silences of our own lives?  I think here of Let Your Life Speak, a marvelous reflection on discipleship written by Parker Palmer. In it he uses the example of Rosa Parks, who, on December 1, 1955, finally decided to let her life speak as she sat down in order to stand up against racism.  While our circumstances may not be as profound as Mrs. Park's (???), what stand might God be calling us to make with our lives, I wonder? 

From Williams' reading of Jesus on trial in Matthew's gospel the takeaway for me is the importance of "holding still."  In contrast to Mark's perspective, in Matthew Jesus doesn't speak up, at least not in the same way.  In Matthew rather than answering questions about his identity Jesus "holds still," letting the circumstances (and the outcome) of his trial speak for themselves.  He lets the powers that be (and the crowds) hear the sound of their own madness.   "Fools rush in..," as they say, and the takeaway for me here is the importance of holding still when we are tempted to react.  Before condemning this or that system or this or that behavior in another we benefit from holding still in the midst of our circumstances and considering that which is the result of our own complicity and our own sin.  At St. Alban's we've recently started to enact the power of holding still in our liturgies.  We're practicing periods of silence after sermons and after the breaking of the bread in the Eucharist - we're holding still before God, letting our tradition and our preaching speak to us in deeper ways.  We're also holding still with one another.  

The last takeaway in our Lenten reading group's work thus far is the importance of enlarging our world through the act of listening. In his interpretation of Luke's Gospel, Williams identifies how in that narrative the reality of God is often found in encounters with the stranger or outcast or outsider; with people without a voice. Here I find Williams to be his typically brilliant self as he makes an important and subtle distinction: that being the fact that we don't discover the reality of God in the voiceless outcast or outsider by virtue of their status but rather in the quality of our encounter with them.  In other words, we don't encounter God in the poor or the mentally ill because God is more present in them than God is present is "us" but we encounter God when we listen to the "other" long enough to enlarge our world and to resist the temptation to treat our own perspectives as if they were God's.  In this third chapter Williams calls upon the work of ethicist Stanley Hauerwas and the great Jean Vanier (founder of the 'L'Arche communities) and reminds us that in calling people handicapped we are using a word that rapidly tells us what is the most important fact about them, and which therefore already expresses the problem of our limited world (or worlds). Here's a good summary: [The stranger] represents the fact that I have growing to do, not necessarily into anything like an identity with them, but at least into a world where there may be more of a sense of its being a world we share. Recognizing the other as other without the immediate impulse to make them the same involves recognizing the incompleteness of the world I think I can manage and moving into the world which I may not be able to manage so well, but which has more depth of reality.  And that must be to move closer to God."

In the next two weeks in the church we will put Christ on Trial.  In our hearing may each of us move closer to God.

Happy Monday,

Jim

 

 

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