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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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The Daily Cup - Thank You

Thank You

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on with 2 Comments

As a student at Virginia Theological Seminary I can remember waking at two o'clock in the morning with 5 papers due in less than two weeks, crying and asking myself "What in the world made me think I could do this?" The papers would get written and eventually returned with a passing grade but I didn't understand at the time that the content of those papers was far less important than everything that went along with having had to write them.

I can remember one summer, sitting day after day with the terminally ill nursing home residents that I was assigned to as a Clinical Pastoral Education student, trying to conjure helpful words or insights but feeling at a complete loss to do so, and learning a similar lesson. The learning wouldn't come as we students would find the right words to say but rather from the struggle of discovering that we didn't possess them.

I can also remember struggling with the challenge to overcome the vanity that every young postulant must overcome on their path to the priesthood as a seminarian at my field education site, The Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC.  I'm grateful for my fellow seminarian Eleanor Holland and for our mentor there, The Rev. Randolph Charles; grateful for for all that he and the flock that he felt called to serve - the homeless of downtown Washington - taught both of us.

After a first assignment as a new priest in the Diocese of Kentucky I regularly returned to the place that had become, because of those many transformational experiences, my spiritual home.  I came back at every opportunity I could, attending yearly preaching conferences at the National Cathedral, one of them taught by the Rev. Francis Wade.  In those first few years out of seminary I would apply for jobs as the rector at churches in the Diocese of Washington, not realizing how under-qualified I was!

All of this is a way of me sharing with the members of St. Alban's about what a profoundly emotional experience it was when during yesterdays church services, and totally by surprise, Emily Griffin and I were presented with gifts from the parish in recognition for our work as priests at St. Alban's parish.  I wept during the service and continued to do so throughout the day.  I wept during the Oscars when every time one of those little golden statues was awarded I felt like I had won one of my own.  But mine had come from the church not from (with all due respect) La La Land.

For those who weren't in attendance at yesterday's services and for those who read these Daily Cups from afar, a new Altar Missal for St. Alban's was presented in recognition of Emily's work and a new Gospel Book for mine.  As a lover of Holy Scripture and as one of my greatest privileges as a priest is to read the Gospel during church, to have my name inscribed in that book in particular is almost more than I can bear.  

When pondering this post for today I struggled a bit with the fact that it might seem self-indulgent. But not writing it would be the equivalent of winning an Oscar and then sitting in my seat looking smug.  I feel blessed more so than deserving.  I am honored and I am humbled.  I am profoundly grateful to the parishioners who served on my discernment committee at St. Francis in the Fields those many years ago, for the students who struggled along with me in seminary, for my many teachers and mentors in the faith, and for the people of St. Alban's.  This feels like a sort of culmination and makes me think I ought to be careful crossing the street.  

Thank you, people of St. Alban's, and know this:  What you gave Emily and I yesterday was such a gift, and, while I won't speak for Emily, my hunch is it that these gifts will make each of us, in our own way, better priests. 

Happy Monday,

Jim+

Comments

Eileen Davis February 28, 2017 1:15pm

The tribute to you and Rev. Griffin at Sunday's service was so sincere and heartfelt. You weren't the only person who shed a few tears, I noticed. At the end, the congregation leaped to its feet to applaud. Who receives a standing ovation in church --- but well deserved by you both. You are fine, fine ministers to your parish, your sermons really do inspire us. And please never lose your sense of humor!

Linda V March 1, 2017 10:01am

Dear Jim -- I'm so sorry to not have been there, but I am very glad that it happened!!

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