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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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Alban Life - Finding God Outside of the Ordinary

Finding God Outside of the Ordinary

Posted by Sonya Lyalikov on with 5 Comments

7:45-The day begins again with worship reminding us of God’s will and the strength of his navigation in our lives (fitting as the day will be spent navigating to Delphi). As we end our praise, we begin our walk, our hands full of luggage and our faces gleaming at each store paving the athenian landscape. We walk to the sight our bus will pick us up and deliver us to our newest adventure. As we wait, I feel distinctly uneasy, an emotion not lost on many other pilgrims. We don’t say anything, but we don’t need to since our expressions say what we’re all thinking, “when is this bus coming?!” Though after what had seemed like a few milleniums our driver finally arrived and we made our way. 

To say the drive was worth the wait would be an understatement. I constantly caught myself in an impenetrable state of awe, pressing my face against the bus’s glass window I grew to hate as it separated me from the inconceivable beauty of God's creation. The mountains stood like soviet soldiers, tall and proud, the ocean’s waves crawled to the shore, entrancing all of us in it’s dormant strength. Mesmerized by the new world around me, I became mesmerized by God’s power to create such a beautiful world. 

We traveled through many towns and eventually our bus took what I thought was a wrong turn into a train station. I learned we would be taking the train (my favorite form of transport, a reminder of my NY past) up to a quaint town alongside the gorges of Kalavryta. It was one of those small european trains with a conservative amount of legroom but that downfall was easily overlooked as soon as we began the ride. The only words my mind could conceive in response to the vibrant natural beauty of the mountains were “this is insane.” The train crept around the corners and crevices of mountains, going in and out of caves, above streams, and below a bright blue sky. I began to wonder when Julie Andrews would pop out and begin singing “The Hills are Alive.” I sit turning my neck in each direction scared of missing the beauty God had so clearly given us that by the end of the train ride my neck was so cramped it felt like I had been carrying lopsided bricks. What can you do though, sometimes you have to make sacrifices like giving up the ability to move your neck to experience everything God has to offer. 

12:30- The town of Kalavryta is like one of those bucket list European towns you see on postcards and dream of being lucky enough to visit, and by God’s grace we are! First order of business is lunch. By now we’ve realized that there is no shortage of beautiful and delicious places to eat in Greece, and this restaurant is no exception. Souvlaki and Mousaka seemed to be the top picks for our group (the Souvlaki was THE best--but that’s just my opinion). This lunch was one of the most memorable moments for me on the trip thus far, not just because the water was so crisp or because the souvlaki was just that good (though it was), but because there was this moment where I just looked up and saw this great group of people sitting in arguably one of the most beautiful European towns eating the most incredible food. I think that’s when I realized just how blessed I was to be on this trip and to experience this much beauty. This experience is one that I will never stop thanking God for. 

1:15- If there’s one thing on the agenda I’m thankful for it’s free time. Don’t get me wrong the organized group activities are a whole new level of exciting, but having the chance to explore independently allows you to truly reflect and absorb God’s nature. After lunch we roam the streets, peeking into shops, and taking an absurd amount of photos that surely gives the locals a reason to despise tourists. Along the stone path, I spot the orthodox church of Kalavryta, mighty and regal, the walls draped in silhouettes of religious characters and the ceilings grasping Versailles chandeliers.

2:30- We return to the bus, feeling God’s love ventilating through the air conditioners, prepared for our 3 hour ride to Delphi. The ride was so tranquil, almost the entirety of the bus was asleep. Suddenly we were backing into a titanic sized ship adjacent to a nautical port. We rushed off of the bus, scurry up the boat’s stairs, only to be greeted by the beauty of the greek seascape. Feeling the boat’s generator trembling under our feet we knew we were about to set sail. The ride was a brief 15 minutes to reach the other side, but those fleeting couple of moments might just be one of my favorites. I stood at the bottom of the boat looking down upon the 2 human-sized propellers and an almost cliche, yet beautiful Greek flag waving against the wind. That was the moment I felt God most. It’s almost hard to explain. I kept thinking God is like the wind. I can’t see him, but I can feel him. That was the moment I felt him the most. 

6:00- After a bus, a train, a bus again, a boat, and then a bus again we were there. We were in Delphi! We settled into our rooms and enjoyed the feeling of settlement after a day of traveling. We then walk the streets of Delphi till we reached our restaurant and have yet another satisfying Greek dinner. We then had a quick wrap up to our day after a reflection period. Looking back at the day I realized how much closer I felt to God. First in the mountains and the sea where I saw God’s power in his creations, at lunch when I realized how God has blessed me, in the church where I saw God’s glory materialize into a sacred space for worship, and finally in the wind where I felt utter confidence in my belief in God and what he has set out for me. 

Comments

Sage August 12, 2019 8:21am

What a beautiful recollection. Thank you!

Christopher August 12, 2019 3:14pm

I love the references to "conservative" legroom and "God's love ventilating through the air conditioners"! A perspective that could only be inspired on pilgrimage. Thank you for sharing!

Kiki McLean August 12, 2019 7:41pm

Terrific writing. You paint a lovely picture.

Charlie Hanlon August 14, 2019 5:13am

Beautifully written! One of your best

Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin August 15, 2019 6:02pm

Beautifully described and I am sure you all are having a magical experience. Looking forward to hearing about what you all learned on this journey.

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