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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 - What to Leave In, What to Leave Out

What to Leave In, What to Leave Out

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on with 0 Comments

If you are following the biblical readings assigned for Holy Week you'll be reading a lot of John.  On Good Friday we'll hear the passion narrative from John's Gospel and parishioners will see the following rubric, printed in italics below the heading for the reading, in their service leaflets:  "The Gospel According to John was written at a time of tension when the Jews who followed Jesus were separating themselves from those who did not. The congregation is reminded that when John writes "the Jews" he is referring to particular leaders of the Jewish community in Jesus' time, and not to the Jewish people as a whole.  Last week I told a colleague that I didn't think the rubric was necessary and I wondered if we should take it out. They disagreed, which is good, meaning we are both necessary! 

The rubric is included in the leaflet because, as Rowan Williams puts it in his chapter on John in one of our Lenten reading selections (Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles our Judgement) "[John] reads painfully today because the history of the Gospel's reception includes so much of that anti-Jewish passion that disgraces and disfigures Christian identity." 

I can't think of a religious sect (or a person, for that matter) that isn't disgraced and disfigured by parts of its own identity and history.  Nor can I think of a canon of sacred writing that doesn't contain stories that undoubtedly contribute(d) to the disgrace and disfigurement of its adherents.  If we start making apologies for the biblical texts we call holy we should probably start adding lots of apologies in our service leaflets. By Easter Sunday this week we will hear about the Lord tossing the Egyptians into the sea and about the Lord striking down all of the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals.  I didn't see any rubrics in the drafts of those leaflets:  Exodus was written at a time when God was vengeful but he's nice now...  it wasn't all the firstborn that would be killed but just the ones who didn't get the memo about putting blood on the door, etc.

Not long ago the Cathedral wrestled with the issue of removing two images of the confederate flag portrayed in its stained glass windows.  Do these images disgrace and disfigure our identity as a nation (or as a faith) or do they rather accurately convey something important about that history which needs remembering? Does removing them solve the problem they represent or does leaving them provide an opportunity for conversation?  On the issue I'm sure that these and many other scenarios were debated among the Cathedral's leadership and this blog post really isn't about the issue of glass images that might need to be shattered but Holy Week, metaphorically anyway, is.  Holy Week is a time to ponder all that disgraces and disfigures our identity (both past and present), as individuals, as followers of Jesus, as Christians and as members of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church, even when those images are conveyed within the canon of Holy Scripture and especially when they are distortions of the God who within our tradition is a God who loves us so much he loves until the end, even death on a cross.   

Holy Monday,

 

Jim

 

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