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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 - The Rest is Silence

The Rest is Silence

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

"Speak only to improve on the silence." Such is the advice frequently given to me by one of my colleagues in Godly Play, the method of spiritual guidance we use with our kids here at St. Alban’s.* If only I could heed it more often. We know from Ecclesiastes (3:7) that there is “a time to keep silence and a time to speak.” How do we know the difference?

Sometimes silence can be improved upon. It may just be a pause in between speakers – a way to be polite or to stall until we can formulate our next point. We’re not really listening for anything. Other times, we’re silent because we don’t think we’ll be heard; we don’t think that what we say will make any difference. We’re afraid of saying the wrong thing, so we don’t say anything. (As someone trying to learn a new language – in this case, Spanish, I’m frequently guilty on this front.) Silence can even serve as a way to withdraw from others or to deny responsibility later if our conversation partners make a bad decision. The silence can be cold, even icy.

In such moments we may, in fact, be called to speak. If we’re withholding ourselves out of fear or because we’re hoping someone else will speak for us, we may be shortchanging everyone involved. There are often pieces of the puzzle that only we hold, and there are times when the whole group suffers as a result of our silence.

So how do we know when to stop talking then? Perhaps it’s when we realize our words are merely anxious chatter – or worse, weapons used to silence others. We sometimes keep talking because we fear we haven’t reached anyone; the silence feels empty. Silence doesn’t have to be empty, of course. It can be full. It can be a way to rest in God – and to listen for all the things that words alone can’t communicate. It’s hard, after all, to listen to others, to God or even to our own deepest selves if we’re constantly talking.

Silence can be particularly important when we’re dealing with children. They don’t always have the words to say what they mean; we have to slow down, to watch and listen for what they might really be trying to communicate with their hands, their eyes, their artwork. Or perhaps they just know, in a way that we’ve forgotten, that words aren’t always necessary. Sometimes it’s our job to step out of the way and simply let them enjoy the One who can’t be contained by even our best words.

We don’t always need to fill our rooms with words to honor God. We can let our actions speak. Or better yet, we can stop worrying about the need to speak for once and try listening instead. We can let God find us in the silence – to comfort and challenge and strengthen us until it’s the next right time to speak.

For the courage it takes to keep silence as well as to speak - and the wisdom to know the difference, thanks be to God.

Peace,

Emily+

*My colleague, in turn, first heard this phrase from leadership consultant Debbie Asberry.

Comments

Lin Tate May 19, 2017 9:09am

Emily, once again you have whammed the nail squarely on its head! Great job, and THANK YOU. Geoffrey has stressed every time he speaks about the need to reach out... yet VERY few people have done so in a genuine wish to converse, especially to Sonya, Joan, and others who have done so much for this parish. Perhaps your message will be one more reminder that we (and I include myself) have left bodies of friends strewn by the wayside…..

Eileen Davis May 19, 2017 10:15am

You didn't mention tweeting, but it does come to mind.....lol

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