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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

Beginning on Trinity Sunday, May 30, 2021, worship will be open to anyone without pre-registration or distancing requirements. We will continue requiring that worshippers be masked for now. 

Our schedule of services will remain the same throughout the summer:

 - 9:00 a.m. (English) in the church

 - 10:30 a.m. (English) in the church

 - Noon (Spanish) in Nourse Hall

Communion in one kind (i.e. wafers) will be offered at the main altar, although we will happily bring communion to those for whom steps are challenging. 

Masked hymn singing both indoors and outdoors will be permitted, and music will be supported by a soloist and organ. 

On-line worship services in English and Spanish are available on Sundays beginning at 8:00 a.m. on our YouTube channel.




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, we believe that a child’s spiritual growth is just as important as their physical and intellectual growth. Our goal is to help children name and value the presence and love of God in their lives. We do this through a variety of means – by providing stable and consistent adult mentors, encouraging strong peer relationships, and supporting parents in their families’ faith lives at home.

Worship: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service. Starting in September 2021, Children’s Chapel with Communion will be held outdoors on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

Education: All church school classes resume the Sunday after Labor Day with our annual Open House. Instruction starts the following Sunday.

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.

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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Alban Life - Downwards from Delphi, Upwards in Spirit

Downwards from Delphi, Upwards in Spirit

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Our second and final full day in the ancient Greek city of Delphi was one to remember. After waking up in our hotel at 8:00 AM and heading downstairs for a hardy complimentary breakfast, all of us were set to leave on our ambitious hike down the mountains of Delphi. At 9:00 AM, we met with two knowledgeable tour guides outside of our hotel. We graciously introduced ourselves to them and they taught us a few essential Greek phrases; good morning (Kaliméra), goodbye (Antío geia), good-good (kala kala), bad (kakó), and thank you (efcharistó). With new knowledge under our belts, we set off on our spiritual adventure down the mountains. 

The first thing I noticed while walking through the mountains of Delphi, aside from the vegetation filled, breathtaking mountains themselves, were the million olive trees directly below the mountains. In the distance a small port town, could be seen connected to a large body of water that went far beyond. It was the most beautifully clear and vibrant body of water any of us had ever seen. As we traversed down the surreal landscape, we occasionally stopped to look at noteworthy things; a small chapel, an aqueduct full of clear blue water, and various plants native to these mountains. During the stops our tour guides sharpened up our knowledge on Greek myths relating to the area; the journey travelers would make to the Oracle of Delphi, Apollos lost brother and lover, and beliefs that the evil eye had the power to kill or ruin one’s crops. These were amongst the parables that felt twice as potent when superimposed on picturesque landscape we were witnessing with our own eyes.

Around lunch time, we stopped at a small chapel to taste some authentic Greek olives, homemade cheese (feta and graviera), iced mountain tea, and goat cheeses that our tour guides had brought for us from their very own farm. However, the Greek wind god, Aeolus, was not on our side, and many of our supplies were abruptly blown down the mountain. As we continued on, we ventured down towards a cliff overlooking more olive trees. After a brief 15-minute hike further down the mountain, we reached flat ground. Around us, we were engulfed in a sea of olive trees, all of which were on private property without clear delineation, however, each farmer was well aware of where their plot began and ended. Our tour guides taught us of the envious evil eye, which many Greeks believed had the power to harm others (or olive trees) unless counter-acted with the lucky blue eye that we had seen for purchase countless times in many of the local shops. After the escapade through the fields of olive trees had come to a close, majority of us got on a bus that had been waiting for us at the foot of the mountain for our return back to the hotel in Delphi. Some of us, feeling particularly brave - Geoffrey, Griffin, and Emily - decided to trek back up the mountain to complete the other half of their now strenuous hike.

After a brief lunch at a local restaurant full of traditional Greek food, such as Souvlaki, we were given the opportunity to bond with each other. I personally went back to my hotel room where I spent time with Eric and Griffin, blasting Greek news and hiking through the streets of Delphi. Afterwards, everyone reconvened for dinner at a restaurant with jaw dropping views overlooking the mountains of Delphi. We then spent the rest of our time before curfew shopping in the streets of Delphi. As Delphi’s stores were less dependent on American tourists, we were followed and intensely watched by untrusting employees at almost every shop we went into. At one store, Valerie was yelled at in Greek and accused of stealing a lighter that was still clearly on the shelf of this very disorganized store. In another, we were forbidden from touching things after knocking into a row of shelves. At 10:00 PM, we returned to bed where we were given the opportunity to reflect on our spiritual day. Both in the exploration of the great city of Delphi and in our relationships with God and one another.