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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

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.

 

 

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, 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 - It's Not About the Destination... It's About the Journey

It's Not About the Destination... It's About the Journey

Posted by Griffin Beronio on with 5 Comments

 

On Sunday, August 42019, a group of men and women were commissioned by Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church to travel to Greece and be immersed in a spiritual experience for 10 days. This pilgrimage to Greece was planned meticulously to serve as an impactful learning experience for an extremely fortunate group of youth at Saint Alban’s.  Today was a momentous day for our group of ambitious pilgrims!

The voyage began at 11:00 AM, Tuesday morning, when we assembled at Reagan National Airport, and checked in for the flight. Spirits were high, and a feeling of general optimism and excitement was shared throughout the group as they looked at the estimated departure time for the Delta Airlines flight to New York we were scheduled to board at approximately 1 PM.  All the plans seemed to be falling together perfectly, and it was right when we reached our gate when disaster struck.  Our flight to New York, which had originally been listed as on time, was delayed 2 hours!  This 2-hour delay may not have been the end of the world if New York were our final destination, however New York was just a 2-hour layover stop on the way to Athens. Under extreme pressure, and battling the clock, the fearless leaders of the pilgrimage, the Reverend and Mrs. Geoffrey Hoare, were able to schedule a connecting flight from Chicago in the nick of time.  A sigh of relief washed over us, and the amount of gratitude we felt toward our leaders and toward the Lord God was both immeasurable, and verbally inexpressible. The flight to Chicago was swift, and the connecting flight to Greece was relaxing as we watched night turn into a day full of adventure and new experiences. 

The striking beauty of the Aegean landscape was evident from the moment the plane dipped below the clouds.  Towering mountains seemed to rise directly from the Mediterranean, setting the scene for all the ancient Greek Myths that are so widely known today. After a smooth landing, and a swift entry through customs, we met with our tour guide, Brent, who guided us to our hotel in the city. Gorgeous views of Athens from the high road on the hill were visible on the drive into the city, and some of us even spotted ancient ruins.  After checking in and briefly getting settled, we headed out again, this time to the Athens Archaeological Museum.  The streets of Athens differed greatly from the familiar sights back home in Washington, DC.  Lively, Petite shops and restaurants lined the narrow lanes that lead to bustling narrow streets, frequented by cars and locals riding motor scooters.  The Walk to the museum itself included a look back into history, due to the numerous sites where ruins could be observed in the middle of more modern, urban communities. 

The Athens Museum of Archaeology was an amazing conservatory of sculptures and pottery from ancient Greek civilizations.  The museum included descriptions of every item on display and provided an accurate estimate of their dates of creation.  The works fascinated the pilgrims, who marveled at the amount of time the fragile-looking masterpieces had existed. Many of the sculptures were said to have been chiseled into shape thousands of years ago.

After leaving the museum the sun was noticeably lower in the sky, and most felt that it was time for dinner.  The final meal of the day was served back at the hotel and included a variety of delicious, traditional Greek dishes to choose from.  After we finished our food, The Reverend led an impactful, yet soothing prayer session in the garden of a nearby church, that helped the group wind down after a very eventful day.  Following the reflection, we were allowed time to explore the neighborhood, as long as we adhered to the buddy system, and a group of us visited some of the quaint shops and establishments near the hotel.

The first segment of the pilgrimage was overall, majorly successful, and we dealt with any rough moments of the journey with poise and strength.

Thanks be to God always and forever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Sage Hoare August 11, 2019 5:15am

Well done, Griffin!

Kiki McLean August 12, 2019 9:53am

What a wonderful report and so beautifully written!

Candice Brown August 12, 2019 10:26am

Such a good writer! Such a wonder-filled trip! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Christopher August 12, 2019 3:09pm

Nice work making a 45 hour trip seem so pleasant!

michael nix August 12, 2019 3:50pm

Sounds like a fantastic trip. Peace be with you all.

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