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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 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 - Facing Fear

Facing Fear

Posted by Jo Turner on with 2 Comments

Some version of “Do not be afraid” or “Fear not” appears in the Bible 365 times, I’m told. Enough for each day of the year. I imagine the source of this statement is someone with a lot of time on his or her hands and in need of a hobby.

But in spite of that glib comment, there is no doubt that fear often governs our outlook and our decision-making. There has been significant  focus on hate as our enemy, but as Mahatma Gandhi observed: “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.” Our national ethos and worldview is about guarding ourselves from “the other” because we are afraid. We must protect ourselves—physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually—because we fear what may happen if we don’t. It can be paralyzing, making us unable to see and claim the life God wants for us and the work for which God needs us.

I’m deeply aware of fear’s impress on my life and I invite you to think about its role in your own story. I am one of many women who stayed too long in an unhealthy relationship, fearing unworthiness and inability to survive on my own. Then there are present fears: being afraid for my grandchildren growing up in a sad world that is so alien from what I’d hoped for them. And now I face this “growing older thing,” with all that it encompasses. I’ve been saying for years that I want to, need to, get ready to be old. But it happened, while I was afraid of not being ready.

Sometimes I imagine that Jesus must be banging his head against the wall, looking out at me and you and the rest. Didn’t I come to you to bring hope? Didn’t I give my life to forgive your fearful souls? Didn’t I painfully die so that you need not fear even death? What’s going on?!

There are whole industries and trainloads of drugs that are supposed to make us less afraid, and indeed, sometimes we need some help. Some churches try different approaches; Rich and I visited an Episcopal church in Los Angeles a few years ago, and the postlude was Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Really. 

I have some favorite Scriptural reminders to help me not to be afraid when things get dark. You might want to collect your own.

If I take the wings of the morning, if I dwell on the far side if the sea, even there your hand will guide me. Your right hand will hold me fast. From Psalm 139

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither things present nor things to come, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. From Romans 8

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. From John 1                                           

Take heart. I have overcome the world. From John 1

There is more help for us. Since we are created to live in community, we have each other. When we are afraid, we have the reassuring presence of a church family, with its shared prayers, wise leaders, renewing sacraments; with its safety, its certain promise of God’s radical love and life-giving hope.

There is so much that can make us afraid. There is so much more that can make us strong and of good courage. Much of it is right here.

Comments

Kiki McLean July 19, 2017 9:46pm

Thank you, Jo. This is very helpful.

Anonymous July 20, 2017 6:05pm

This is such a thoughtful and helpful posting. I'll print this and use it for reflection, meditation. Thank you!

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