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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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St. Francis and U Street

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Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.

The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.

          Two quotes from St. Francis, early Thirteenth Century

Today, October 4, is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. One of the most venerated people in the Christian church, he is remembered for his passion for the natural world and its creatures, peaceful simplicity, and the care of the poor. There is much about Francis to emulate. 

Many know him only through the Blessing of the Animals, which my family attended Sunday in front of the Cathedral. But we’re selling Francis short if that’s all we acknowledge. Two trips to Assisi and some reading have taught me that he was a complex, driven man. Francis was a doer; he would be deeply disturbed in these days of the overused mantra, “sending thoughts and prayers.” He was a man of action and lived his faith.

How can you and I preach the Gospel without words? What deeds can we perform that are our sermon? Daunting questions.

Christian author and explorer Philip Yancey, in a Huffington Post blog, suggested several channels for such preaching. Artists—both visual and musical—express courage, humaneness, and gentleness. They depict pain, but also healing. Their work offers consolation to a wounded world. Activist Christians organize relief projects to serve and heal. They create prison and addiction ministries, assist immigrants, and are educational mentors. Pilgrims appeal to those outside the faith by presenting themselves as travelers on the way rather than those who have already arrived, battling temptation and journeying to forgiveness, relying on God for help. They all are living out the Gospel. 

On Tuesday, I perceived the Gospel in a chance meeting. My visiting daughter and I had lunch at Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Washington landmark. If you are unfamiliar with Ben’s, Washington’s 1968 riots burned and shut down much of the city, particularly the U Street and 14th Street corridors where the restaurant is located. With the city in chaos and nothing else open, with looting and fire all around them, Ben and Virginia Ali asked to stay open to feed police, firefighters, and protest leaders alike, with hopes of being a welcoming place for useful conversation. The Alis held their ground and did just that. The restaurant has been a beloved city fixture ever since.

Ben died several years ago. Today, 84-year-old Virginia was there, making sure things were up to her standards. She planted herself at our table for a chat. I experienced a presence brimming with hospitality, hopefulness, joy, and an assurance that all God’s people are her friends. I could see how, in those dark days, the Alis offered more than lip service—they witnessed for peace, for reconciliation. At considerable personal risk, Virginia provided a haven of welcome and safety to people from all points on a very troubled spectrum, a place where they could be nourished and seek a peaceful middle ground. St. Francis would have been proud.

I don’t know what my deeds/sermons might be. But I’ve seen them before and met one today. How about you?

 

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