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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 - How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art

Posted by Eric Butcher on with 5 Comments

The day began early at 7:30 a.m., where we met outside for morning reflection and prayer. The optimism and excitement renewed after our night's rest. The voyage continued after a brief yet delicious breakfast. We first left to meet up with Poppy, our Athenian guide, at around 8:00 a.m.

The place where we met Poppy was a street lined with olive trees and plenty of places to sit. At this point in the day the sun started to reveal its blazing gaze, and temperatures started to rise. We collected our tickets and began the path towards the mighty Parthenon. On our way up, we made a few stops in order to discuss the rich history of the site. When we reached our first stopping point, Poppy talked about Mars Hill, where Paul spoke with the Athenians. He wasn’t very successful, though, so he moved to Corinth, the location we will be visiting tomorrow. During the second stop, Poppy talked about the Greek history around the Parthenon. She included myths about Nike, Poseidon and of course Athena and Zeus as well as many other Greek gods. The first temple that we were able to see was the temple of Nike, the goddess of victory. The temple had quite similar architecture to the Parthenon only smaller and less well known. We then traveled up the winding path towards the east side of the Parthenon, which was the only entrance due to the fact that the ancient Greeks built all of their temples opening to the east. Quite spectacularly, we were able to make it up the winding path without losing a single pilgrim. We paused at the top before venturing out and exploring on  our own. We explored for about an hour before regrouping at the bottom of the Acropolis. We were able to witness the breathtaking view of Athens below us, stretching from the Aegean Sea and the famous port to the hills and marble quarries. We witnessed some of the cleanest city air in the world with no visible pollution at all.

At 11:45 a.m.,  we visited the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation in Athens.  We admired the neoclassical architecture and the different ways the Greek Orthodox Church functioned and worshipped. Not only were we able to look at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens, but we were also able to view a much smaller church next door, the 12th-century Agios Eleftherios. We then took a lovely walk through the streets of Athens before stopping to look at the Parliament building for a few minutes.

After we heard about the Parliament and some history of the modern era, we said farewell to Poppy and headed to lunch for authentic Greek cuisine. We then headed back to learn about the activity that we would need to complete over the next few days.

We were split into two teams in order to negotiate and find delicious fixed menus from restaurants where the entire team could eat that night --  which had to cost under nine euros a person. We were cut loose and set upon finding that perfect place to eat. The first group found our restaurant for this night and reserved it for 7:00 p.m. Once time came for dinner, everyone gathered around a few minutes early so the team could share the menu and head over to the restaurant. After dinner, we gathered in a nearby park for our final period of reflection in the day. We were given a 10:15 p.m. curfew and went to bed shortly afterward, excited and ready for the next day of adventures.

 

Comments

Kirsten & George Beronio August 11, 2019 11:04pm

Thanks very much for the update, pilgrims! We love knowing what you’re up to. Sounds like a rewarding journey so far. Live from everyone here back home -

Christopher August 12, 2019 2:03pm

Thanks for the rich, detailed post. Almost feels like I'm there! Glad you didn't lose any pilgrims on the way up. . .Cheers,

Grandma August 12, 2019 4:25pm

Nice writing. Wish your journal for Turkey was as detailed. Glad you are having fun and learning a lot

Granddad August 12, 2019 5:01pm

I can see it in your words. Beautiful, and great reporting

Aunt Sally August 12, 2019 6:03pm

Beautiful blog! I love the pictures!

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