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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 - Learning to Give

Learning to Give

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on with 4 Comments

I thought I was reading a book on forgiveness. I suspect I still am; we just haven’t gotten there yet. You see, I just started one of the books chosen for our parish’s Lenten Reading Groups – Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace by Miroslav Volf.  (To check out this year’s options, click here. More on group meetings and times in this weekend’s announcements.)

The first chapter is all about giving – how God gives and how we, as those created in God’s image, are called to give as well. Unlike God’s gifts, many of our gifts end up being trades of some kind. We give in order to get something in return – even if it’s just the warm feeling of being known as a generous giver.

We don’t realize the expectations we attach to our gifts until they’re broken. Maybe the person doesn’t reciprocate in kind. Perhaps his or her expressions of gratitude aren’t strong enough for our tastes. We invite someone to dinner, and the return invite (if it comes) feels mechanical rather than heartfelt. We start to calibrate our giving based on how good it will make us feel – and in so doing, step farther and farther away from giving as God gives to us.

How do we learn to give in a way that isn’t dependent on the recipient receiving “rightly” (a prerequisite for forgiveness, in my view)? How can our giving come from a place of true generosity and gratitude, in recognition that “all things come of Thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee?” I’ll get more responses to these questions in subsequent chapters, I assume – but for now, I think the communities in which we live and move and have our being can make a huge difference.

Reading this chapter, I was reminded of an episode of the late, great TV show Northern Exposure. In this particular episode, a village elder decides to adopt Joel, the town doctor (a Jew from Queens working in Alaska to pay off his medical school debts), into her tribe in gratitude for the ways he’s helped her and her people. She starts off by giving him a goat, a gift for which he has no use. After realizing the offense it would cause to refuse – and that her need to give might be greater than his need to receive, Joel reluctantly agrees to be adopted.

He then learns what it means to be part of this community. The first step is to give everything away. He’s promised vaguely that he’ll get it all back, so he lets the tribe members come into his house and take what they like. He assumes it’s just a symbolic act to help him loosen his grip on his possessions, but when the stuff that comes back isn’t “his” stuff – he gets someone else’s 2-slicer toaster instead of the 4-slicer he started with; he loses his beard trimmer and gets pinking shears in return – he realizes that his grip on possessions hasn’t loosened at all.

Eventually some of his original stuff returns. There are other initiation rituals as well. He fasts and is given nothing at first but tribal tea to drink. In time they send him food to help him break his fast. By episode’s end, he’s given his new name – “Heals with Tools” – and the tribe throws him a huge feast.

I’m not sure I’ll ever fully loosen my grip on my possessions, but it helps to belong to a faith community that consistently urges me to give – and that gives back to me in ways I can’t always predict or imagine. If I’m going to fast and give up on my illusions of self-sufficiency, it helps to be part of a tribe that reminds me that self-sufficiency was never the point.

I find myself grateful today for the Lenten practices that help to form us as a community – for all the ways that prayer and giving and fasting help to limber us up for the truly heavy lifting of forgiveness. Or as Volf puts it: “For the heart to see rightly, the hand needs to give generously” (16). For all the ways that hearts and hands are connected, and for the Body of Christ that helps us to connect them – thanks be to God.

Peace,

Emily+

Comments

Jo March 10, 2017 11:02am

Thank you, Emily, for raising the importance of community/tribe in the hard work of Lent ... and of being a Christian.
(also a Northern Exposure devotee -- wonderful moral lessons)

Linda V March 10, 2017 11:42am

Dear Emily, I'm glad we are reading the same book; it's really a good one. Thank you!

Lin Tate March 10, 2017 12:09pm

Lovely post, Emily! And thanks for the reminder-link to the St. A. Lenten activities -- finally figured out March Madness, toooo fun!!

Anonymous March 10, 2017 5:51pm

Thanks for the comments. Glad it resonated with you!

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