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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.

Please fill out this welcome form to connect with us.

Contact us with any questions. Call (202) 363-8286 or email the church office.

 

Service Times

Please note: In-person services are temporarily suspended.

We invite you to join us for on-line worship on Sundays beginning at 8:00 a.m., in English and Spanish on our YouTube page

 

 

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

Visiting a church for the first time can be a bit daunting. So we have tried to put together the answers to some of the questions you’re likely to have and to ensure that you find a warm welcome here. Click on the questions to learn more.)

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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 9:00 to 11:05 a.m. during the program year (September to May) for infants and children under 3 who aren’t quite ready for our 2s & 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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On Friday morning, God and our leaders (but mostly our leaders) blessed us with the privilege of sleeping in. Instead of dragging ourselves half-awake out of bed at 7:30, we were lucky enough to do it at 9:00, and were welcomed by the breakfast of our choice soon after our morning worship. During our service, we read two verses from Ode on a Grecian Urn, a Keats poem we’ve been discussing for a few days now. The urn in the poem depicts mythical scenes, much like the ones we would see on Corinthian pottery later that day, and though I didn’t make the connection until the next morning, it was easy to see why Keats chose to write about such stunning works of art.

After our morning prayers, over bacon, eggs, and toast (or in my case, enough yogurt to sink a battleship) we discussed the day’s plans; we had time for journaling and reflection in the morning, then lunch and the two-hour bus ride to Corinth.

The group split up for reflection time – some got coffee, others prayed or napped, most journaled, but everyone took the morning to think and meditate on the trip so far. I spent most of the time alternating between writing in my journal and sketching the view from our balcony, and before I knew it, lunchtime had come. We walked down the hill to a bakery and ordered sandwiches, which we ate as Brent and our leaders led us up and down the nearby streets. We passed a beautiful Byzantine church, the Greek Museum of National History, and a shopping district packed with people, all of which were beautiful in their own ways. Half an hour and a few thousand steps later, we finally stopped to wait for our van to Corinth, and everyone took the opportunity to sit down and refill their water bottles.

Eventually, we all piled into the van and settled into the air-conditioned seats. It didn’t take long for our guide, Poppy, to jump into the history of the buildings we passed them, as well as the history of Corinth soon after. The rest of the bus ride was relatively calm, (I would think – I slept for most of it) and an hour and a half later we stopped at the canal just outside of the city, and everyone wandered out of the van.

The canal was gorgeous; the waters were a deep, clear blue, and they stretched in both directions towards the Aegean and Ionian seas. In the distance, sharp mountains rose above the water and stood out against the sky, making for a gorgeous picture. I felt like I could’ve stayed on the canal bridge forever, or at least for a few hours, but we had another twenty minutes ahead of us on our journey to Corinth.

Poppy spent the rest of the drive telling us about the ancient city, and we learned about everything from the acropolis of Corinth to the cypress trees that are scattered across the hills. As we drove into the town along the winding road that followed the sea, we could see the ruins from a distance. The temple dedicated to Apollo was the most striking, with thick columns that stood out against the bright blue sky. Once we were all out of the van and past the ticket window, we could see the rest of the city. Poppy continued her commentary as we wandered through the ruins, and many of us stopped for photographs. We could see the ocean, the temple, and the rest of the ruins from the path, and it was nothing short of unbelievable.

After our tour came the museum, which was filled with artifacts from the local archeological sites and even more history; we learned about domestic life in Corinth, the art they created, the Roman occupation, and countless other bits and pieces that helped us better understand the significance of the city throughout the ages.

Soon enough, we were back in the van on the way to Athens – another hour-and-a-half long drive. Even that seemed to be over before it had barely started, and we found ourselves back at the hostel with time to spare. We had the rest of the evening to shower, pack up our things, and reflect on the day, then, after that, it was time for dinner.

Earlier during the trip, our group split into two teams and did the “stone soup” challenge, where each team was expected to find a meal for the whole group with a set menu that totaled under nine euros per person, and tonight was the second group’s time to shine. We picked a beautiful spot just underneath the Acropolis that served everything from stuffed tomatoes to traditional moussaka, and dinner was delicious. Unfortunately, when the check came, we were over budget, but all in all, my team worked together and we ended up with a delicious meal, so I’d say it was all worth the price.

Once we paid our check and thanked the owner, Brent surprised us with a trip to one of the nearby gelato shops and treated us to ice cream before we headed back to the church up the street from our hostel for evening office. The day ended, much like it had begun, with prayer and reflection, and as we all spoke the words to the Lord’s Prayer in the courtyard of that tiny Orthodox church, I knew God was in our midst.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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