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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

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 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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Bright Beginnings

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Life is hard and unstable for children living in shelters and transitional housing. They see violence, addiction and conflict on a daily basis. Their parents, usually young and single, love them deeply but are often inexperienced and are stressed by the uncertainties of their own lives. Some children cope better than others but all are impacted.

St. Alban’s has been helping these children by supporting Bright Beginnings, a preschool that provides them with a warm, loving head start and the developmental assistance they need to succeed in kindergarten.

Our church got involved with Bright Beginnings as part of the “Transforming the Lives of Children” initiative in 2015. An unexpectedly large number of children at the school were having trouble coping with unusual crises such as the death of a parent, entering foster care, and witnessing abuse in shelters. St. Alban’s held a Mustard Seed collection for a new “trauma fund” to pay for one-on-one therapy and counseling for the children and their parents. WSA, which disperses money raised by the Op Shop, granted Bright Beginnings $10,000 for the fund.

Improvement for those receiving the therapy took time but was significant. With the help St. Alban’s provided, the traumatized children were once again able to engage in classroom activities and learn. A few examples:

  • A child who was lashing out and disruptive benefitted from the therapist’s discovery of the boy’s interest in music and dance. They developed a song to help him resolve problems, keep his anger in check, and stay in the group.  After several months of therapy, the boy no longer required music to settle down and was able to interact well with his peers.
  • One parent, whose deep depression from chronic domestic abuse was affecting her children’s behavior, came out of her shell after weeks of one-on-one counseling and was able to communicate and play with her children.
  • A child who survived a car accident and observed violence in her family was in a state of anxiety. Therapeutic support helped this child resume classroom activities with much improved social interactions.  The therapist also helped resolve the family conflict. 
  • A four-year-old with language delays was having trouble interacting with other children. The therapists determined that problems in the home were hindering his language development, worked with his mother to identify the source of the stress and ameliorated it.

As Bright Beginnings saw the difference trauma therapy made, its staff became aware that more children than they had realized were impacted by the trauma of their lives. In 2017, WSA made a second $10,000 grant to the trauma fund to screen and treat more children.

This year, when Bright Beginnings sought funding for play therapy training for two staff members, St. Albans sent a gift of $6,000.

The trauma fund that St. Alban’s established at Bright Beginnings at a critical time has expanded the school’s understanding of its children’s needs. Trauma screening has become a standard part of Bright Beginnings’ program for all 200 of its children. All children and families needing trauma therapy now receive it, all teachers are receiving training in recognizing and supporting traumatized children, and Bright Beginnings is working to achieve certification as a “trauma informed organization.”

Simply put, because of St. Alban’s support Bright Beginnings is able to provide more than love and comfort to little ones unable to learn because of trauma. Thanks to you, the school is now able to provide therapy that makes a difference, transforming the lives of these children.

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