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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 - The Generosity of Presence

The Generosity of Presence

Posted by Jo Turner on with 2 Comments

This past week, I recalled many “where is God?” moments. Like some of you, I watched the Vietnam series on PBS. For younger viewers, it was a history lesson. For we of a certain age, it zeroed in on old wounds and scars, on almost-forgotten memories. At one point, I realized I was looking for faces I knew.

By mid-1968, the escalating war, two assassinations, burning cities, and riots in our streets had me convinced that there was no worse time to be alive, and that God must have wiped God’s hands and walked away. Hugely pregnant with my first child, I would hold my belly and weep; I didn’t want this to be to the world this child would join. It felt like a godless world.

So here we are today: the unveiling of racism, a mistreated earth, a disrespected constitutional democracy and polarization of citizens, Kim Jog Un’s nuclear fantasy, three devastating hurricanes—one leaving 3.5 million Americans without power or water on a steamy island—and a crushing earthquake. It’s all so unfair and feels familiar.

Rev’d. Geoffrey spoke to us Sunday morning about generosity, about being generous ourselves and receiving generosity from others and from God. As in 1968 and many other years, where do we find this generous God? 

We heavily depend on faith and prayer, staying spiritually in touch. By doing so, we find God is present and indeed has not walked away. Through prayer and study, we remember that we’re not promised a lovely Christian life of smooth sailing, but we are promised that we are not alone and never will be. God is in all of it, even the ugliest messes. God sticks with us. That is God’s generous gift. I take great comfort in this assurance. It also teaches us that being present for another can be the most generous gift we can give. It is the guiding principle of Stephen Ministry. 

I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you.  John 14:18

Believing in that presence helps us see God’s generosity at work in all times. The baby who emerged into a sorry world grew into a beacon of hope and compassion for the acutely ill. My cousin who returned from Viet Nam with serious internal scars became a minister to the lost and the aging. Today we see people thinking in new ways about what our faith requires of us. They are pitching in to help those left in chaos. They are looking at earth science; they are reading history and acting on what they learn. They are reaching out to frightened, angry brothers and sisters who have been marginalized. They are showing up, they are speaking out. Some are taking a knee. 

During baptisms at the 9 a.m. service Sunday, our priest splashed a fine geyser of blessed water from the baptismal font for each sacrament. Babies laughed. We all laughed. It was a fine reminder of generosity, that there are more than enough blessings to meet our needs, even as the water crossed the floor and headed toward the altos. It reminded us of the joy in God’s presence.

How do you find God’s presence during difficult times? How do you experience joy in that presence?

Comments

Jo September 28, 2017 8:41am

Confused St. Alban's readers: the Cup you received by email Wednesday 9/27 was last week's, due to a technical glitch. This post is the current one.

Christian September 28, 2017 1:02pm

What a beautifully crafted essay. Brightened my day.

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