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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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The Daily Cup - Holy Now

Holy Now

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on with 2 Comments

How close can we come to God? I’ve had some time to think about this over the last couple of weeks as I’ve gathered materials for a new Sunday School lesson for our 3 to 6 year-olds.

The lesson is called the Symbols of the Holy Eucharist. In it the kids learn to set the “altar” in their classroom. They learn the special names we use for these common things made holy. The table isn’t just a table, you see; it’s an altar. The plate isn’t just a plate; it’s a paten. The cup is a chalice. The napkin is (this one’s my favorite) a purificator. The kids practice saying these strange words as they learn to set the altar and then put the materials away.

In the lesson we talk about how these everyday things are set apart for this very special use – hence, why we give them special names. As part of Holy Communion, they help to show us how much God loves us, how God feeds us and comes close to us in the bread and wine. That’s what the word holy means, of course – to be “set apart” for God’s use.

We show the kids how to handle these objects with intention. We trust them to hold them and put them away with care. The lesson and materials then give them more experience to draw on when they see objects like these used in “big church.” They can use more of their senses instead of relying primarily on sight. Over time they learn with their bodies that this meal really is for them – that when we say “the gifts of God for the people of God,” the “people of God” includes them.

In calling these common things holy – things like cups and plates, napkins and tables – I’ve found myself wondering how far holiness can extend. How far “set apart” does something need to be to reveal God to us?  In our Old Testament lesson for this Sunday, the LORD tells Moses to tell the people: “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy” (Leviticus 19:1). Fortunately, the text goes on to describe what that looks like – and it’s not what you might expect.

We don’t get a lecture on teetotaling or abstinence. Instead, we’re told not to reap to the very edges of our field; we’re to leave some of our harvest for the poor and alien (or immigrant, according to the Common English Bible) among us. Holiness means not lying or stealing or cheating our neighbor. “You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin…you shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (19:17-18). That’s what our being “set apart” for God’s use in the world looks like.

If we can learn to be holy in that sense, who’s to say that the rest of creation can’t become holy as well? For us as humans, there seems to be some intention or effort involved to become fully what we were created to be – a reflection or image of God. It’s not so hard for me to see the holiness in children. In their joy, their honesty, their capacity for wonder, they reflect God so clearly to me at times it’s blinding. With grownups it’s a bit harder, I’ll admit. Life makes that holiness harder to see; it doesn’t mean the potential’s not there.

As we seek to come closer to God, thank God for all the ways – including our children – that God has already come close to us.

Peace,

Emily+

P.S. The title for this Cup comes from a song of the same name by Peter Mayer. Google it sometime.

Comments

Jim Tate February 17, 2017 12:14pm

You are doing a good thing to differentiate between the usage of words with special, holy meanings and the daily meaning of the same words. That teaching tool will help our young people develop an understanding of the history and background of the Christian religion.

I don't feel the same way about Peter Mayer's song Holy Now. Peter is a talented lyricist who misleads the listener to believe that all of what we don't know about the world around us can be dismissed as a miracle. His approach diminishes the hand-in-hand understanding of our universe that science and religion share. As we move through time our understanding of everything will change constantly. Everything is not a miracle as Mayer would have us believe.

Only a grounding in history of both religion and science will serve us well in the future. Keep up the good work with your SS classes. -TATE

Lin Tate February 17, 2017 1:52pm

Good, good point Dr. Tate!

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