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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.

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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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Help Wanted

Posted by Jo Turner on with 6 Comments

A Saturday experience is still bumping around in my head. Stuck in traffic in Columbia Heights, my husband and I met a woman begging along the line of cars—hardly an unusual experience for any of us. I was driving, and my window was down. 

The elderly, toothless woman was dirty and seemed agitated. She stuck her hand, which contained a few quarters, through my window. “Hurry up,” she barked. I fumbled in my purse for coins because it seemed like that’s what she wanted. “Hurry!” she repeated angrily. “Hurry before the traffic moves!” I wasn’t finding coins, and my husband reached in front of me and put a $10 bill in her hand … and she was off.

I was quiet for a while before asking why he gave her a ten. His answer was that he felt he’d ignored the last few opportunities downtown. 

I think of myself as a compassionate person who tries to live as Jesus modeled. I don’t often have cash, so there are many times I may not give to someone who asks me for money. In frequent encounters on the streets, however, I try to make eye contact and speak to him or her. But it wasn't the money exchange that upset me. I’ve really been struggling with my reaction to this particular woman and to Rich’s gift. I’m embarrassed by it. When I examine my feelings, pettiness, such as she didn’t say please or thank you, comes to mind. She was gruff, she didn’t seem like a nice person. Ten dollars seemed like too much

I hate even seeing these words as I write them. Why couldn’t I imagine that her story might be unimaginably awful? Where is my understanding of mental illness? Is my response to the down-and-out contingent on good manners, nice teeth, and meeting some set of my expectations? This is a poor excuse for Christian living.

When I started to write this, I didn’t know how I might end it in my confusion, only that I feel strongly about sharing our faith struggles. But writing often brings new perspectives, and here’s what I’m thinking as I prepare to close this down and head for bed.

You and I are not complete. God doesn’t expect us to be because God made us fully and sometimes frustratingly human. God DOES expect us to ask for help.

In our Baptismal Covenant, we are asked: “Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” The answer to those questions is not “Yes, I’ve been doing all that with ease, thank you very much.”

It is, “I will, with God’s help.”

Loving God, patient parent and father of our Lord Jesus, help me to turn to you more, to ask and follow, to grow in grace, and to rest in the assurance that you are not done with me yet. AMEN

Comments

Eileen Davis May 31, 2017 7:28pm

Jo, thank you for another inspiring passage, this time reminding us to remember; and for quoting from Emily Griffin's strong, positive sermon from last Sunday offering some ways to bring the idea of the Ascension into our limited reality. Always appreciate the time you all spend reaching out to all of us!

Kim Hurst June 15, 2017 10:43pm

Thank you for sharing your experience on something I ponder so very often. #grateful

Rebekah June 15, 2017 11:35pm

Just this past Monday, as I wrestled (in a hot desert parking lot behind the restaurant where I'd just finished lunching with friends) with my walker trying to lift it into the trunk of my car, an old man in a wheel chair came up to me and quietly apologized for what he was about to ask me. I heard somewhere behind my own frustration a quiet, weak voice telling me that he and his wife at home needed money. And then I heard my own slightly irritated voice exclaim that it appeared that I was having my own problem! I think I may have added a bit of sarcasm to my reply with a slight chuckle. I am 81 years old, have a variety of physical complaints, and have a hard time walking. His soft reply to me was a sympathetic and understanding one, and finished with a God-bless-you. I have equivocated, rationalized, and faced this moment every day since: "It's really OK. Think of all the other times when you have passed a $20 bill out of the car window!" I need not to write the moral to this story. It is clear that I met my Lord last week and turned Him away.

Jo June 16, 2017 10:02am

Rebekah --
We do not know each other ... but we certainly know each other. This brought me to tears, and it's a blessing to meet you in this way.

Monica Welch June 17, 2017 8:05am

Rebekah, meet Jo. Jo, meet Rebekah - my Mom.

Jo June 19, 2017 3:55pm

Wow.

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