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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 - God be in my mouth ...

God be in my mouth ...

Posted by Jo Turner on with 3 Comments

Today we remember the Reverend Charles Raymond Barnes, according to the Episcopal Calendar of the Church Year. I’ve appreciated learning about our modern saints, such as this good man, added to the calendar over the years by General Convention. The life and death of Rev. Barnes speaks to me right now.

Barnes was raised in New Jersey and graduated from General Seminary. Ordained in 1923, he served stateside and in several Central American countries before going to the Dominican Republic as a missionary and Vicar of the Church of the Epiphany. Rev. Barnes became horrified at the secret massacres of thousands of Haitian innocents within the Dominican Republic at the hands of the Trujillo regime. He authored several articles with the hope of creating international pressure to stop the slaughter. At the same time, he wrote dispatches to contacts at the State Department, hoping for action. Some of his letters were intercepted. Rev. Barnes was murdered, martyred, in his rectory on this date in 1938.

You and I face nothing like Barnes’ choice. Speak up, or just do his best with his flock? He could’ve asked to be reassigned. He could’ve committed himself to caring pastorally for Haitian nationals in his area. But he cried out, reached out, knowing the real risk.

We face smaller choices about using our voice in daily interactions with others, within our church, and certainly within our fractious national and world environment. We may be passionate in our convictions, and yet we know that others are just as passionate. We promise to respect the dignity of every human being and we subscribe to the church as the “big tent,” diverse in its opinions. I was raised to be polite, not offend others, and not insist on my own version of truth. Then I become aware of something that abuses everything I know to be true and just … and I’m conflicted.

Applying the “what would Jesus do?” test: there are times he might erupt in anger, as he did scattering the moneychangers in the temple. I’m not an erupter and not Jesus, so perhaps my own actions are really about discerning how Jesus’ teachings illuminate any situation. Is what I see/hear not loving and just, not healing and forgiving? Does it destroy rather than create? This is where you and I stand; this is when we are called to speak out with all the sensitivity we can muster. To quote a wise friend, we worship the Lord of hard truth, so this can be painful. Courage is needed. I pray for that.

Hopefully, we need not fear a gunshot in the night. Charles Barnes and legions of others, however, have given us the hardest example of what it means to follow Jesus. Let us continue to struggle with finding our voice.

Grant, we pray, merciful God, that your Church standing firm in the witness of your Son and following the good example of your servant Charles Barnes may ever speak boldly against evil and confess the truth before the rulers of this world; through your Son Jesus Christ who with you and the Holy Spirit, live and reign, One God, now and forever. Amen.  

[This commemoration was adopted provisionally by General Convention 2015.]

Facts about Charles Barnes were gleaned from the archives of the Episcopal Church USA.

Comments

Cay Hartley July 26, 2017 10:12am

Not speaking out when thousands lose insurance coverage is difficult.

Eileen Davis July 26, 2017 3:53pm

I didn't know of Barnes until reading this piece. We need to hear about models like him, especially now. Thank you Jo for your message about speaking up and speaking out.

Donna Copson July 26, 2017 9:34pm

I am so grateful for Jo Turner's voice and thoughts. She wrestles with the issues that we all do, but she brings a much needed perspective to my own challenges Thank you, Jo. Don't stop.

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