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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 - Leaving Shore

Leaving Shore

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

How do we imagine God, and where do we get our images? These were some of the questions the Rite 13 youth group, their leaders and I explored together last weekend at Rehoboth in between beach trips, mini golf games and vegetable-less meals. We talked about our images for God and what it might mean that God is beyond all of them.

Some think God is like water: necessary for life, nourishing and cleansing, capable of existing in many forms while remaining itself the whole time.

Or perhaps God is more specifically like the ocean – inviting and daunting, awe-inspiring, a reality that has to be experienced in order to be understood in any meaningful way. Of course, the ocean isn’t always a benign image; it carries real risk as well as the promise of adventure. We can get carried away by the tide if we’re not careful, especially when we think we can voyage alone.

Or maybe God isn’t just like water; maybe, as writer Brian McLaren points out in a video we watched as well, God is also the wind that lifts our sails, both the source and the end of our journey – as well as our means of getting there.

Several songs and poems came to mind as we weighed the merits of these images, as we considered whether or not there is a far shore – and if there is, how we’ll know it when we arrive. I shared with them Peter Mayer’s song “God is a River,” the chorus of which goes like this:

God is a river, not just a stone 
God is a wild, raging rapids 
And a slow, meandering flow 
God is a deep and narrow passage 
And a peaceful, sandy shoal 
God is the river, swimmer 
So let go 

As you might imagine, this wasn’t an altogether comforting thought.  Some of us like the thought of staying on shore, of contemplating the beauty and danger from a polite distance, or of merely dipping our feet and letting others experience directly all that uncontrollable immensity.

In such moments, when we’re tempted to play it safe at all costs, it’s helpful to remember the prayer attributed to Sir Francis Drake (which I also shared with our teens). It begins: “Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.”

It was inspiring to watch our young people making their way into the ocean, daring the cold, gently testing their strength, knowing better than to go it alone. Over time, they’ll venture farther. They’ll find seaworthy vessels, we hope, and trustworthy sailing partners. Sometimes they’ll find their limits only once they’ve crossed them.  But they’ll also find ways to beckon us to leave the shore and join them in the adventure. May we have the grace to listen and follow.

Peace,

Emily+

 

Comments

Lin Tate May 5, 2017 12:16pm

Really beautiful, Emily -- and Rite 13-ers! Awesome. And the Sir Francis Drake quote should be considered by all of us, shouldn't it?

Eileen Davis May 6, 2017 5:40pm

Oh my, Emily. Wish I'd had the Drake prayer back in the days when I was teaching. Use that. Use it a lot. Especially these days when so many will be fighting "losing battles." But they are the right battles.

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