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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.

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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 - Know Thyself... Questions of the Oracle

Know Thyself... Questions of the Oracle

Posted by Annie McLean on with 4 Comments

 

Alarms went off at 8:30 this morning for a 9am breakfast. Everyone seemed very tired, but ready to start a new day. We walked through the small town of Delphi, on the side of the road, to a small cul-de-sac off of the sidewalk. We gathered there for communion. We stood in a circle as we read scripture and served each other communion. Afterwards, we walked back toward town to go to the Oracle Museum. While walking through the museum, I realized just how mysterious and amazing God’s work is. God left us these pieces of the past, and we are able to see them together. All of these beautiful pieces of art and breathtaking sculptures, all being preserved for so many years, truly, revealed the power that God has.

At 11:30, we headed back into town to grab some lunch at a small restaurant. It was very quaint, but absolutely delicious. As we walked back to the ruins, we were asked to think about what our question to the Oracle might be. Of course, this assignment proved to be very difficult. There are so many questions that I wanted to ask, but I could only choose one. We had 40 minutes to roam the ruins before going, one-by-one, to the temple ruins and asking our questions.

Like most of the ruins we have seen on this pilgrimage, there were broken columns, torn down buildings and random rocks; but there was something different about being here. This was the place where the people could supposedly talk to the gods. People had travelled thousands of miles on foot just to ask a single question. The ruins looked like any other archeological site, but they had a feeling radiating off of them that just felt like God was there with you. 

While each pilgrim went to ask his or her question, we sat as a group in silence, a time of reflection, prayer, and thought. When it was my turn, I got up and walked to the stones by the temple to have a seat. I was very nervous. In church we do a lot of sitting, standing, and praying, but this time it felt different. There were very strong winds, which made me feel like God was there with me, that He was listening, and that I would get my answer. In church, everyone is praying at the same time, and I get scared that my prayers get lost in the shuffle. But, at the Oracle, in front of the temple, I knew God was with me, and I knew He was listening to what I had to say.

After everyone went to pray alone, we split off into a group that was going back to the hotel, and a group that was destined to find the cave of the Oracle (which, we now know, does not exist). Griffin, Foster, Eric, Valerie, Allyson, and I walked all the way up the hill and got to see the Gymnasium Arena, it was very big, and very well preserved. It was so much fun taking pictures and getting to know everyone just a little bit better.        

Dinner was at 6:30, at a very nice restaurant right down the street. Everyone got a little dressed up, and we looked like a pretty good group! Dinner was fantastic, and the view was spectacular. Dinner was a great time of reflection for the whole group. We all shared our experiences when asking our questions, and we loved discussing the crazy strong winds.

All in all, the day was very action-packed, but also a very spiritual experience for the pilgrims. I know that being able to be in Greece is such an amazing blessing, and I feel so grateful that I was able to feel God with me today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Emily & Sonya August 13, 2019 11:57am

This is really well-written! Great job Annie!!

Catherine McLean August 13, 2019 1:27pm

Wonderful report!

alex todd August 14, 2019 6:46am

Wonderful Annie and all of you bloggers - so great to be able to see Greece through your eyes!!! What a trip!

Mary Beth Albright August 26, 2019 10:44am

Annie, thanks so much for taking the time to write this. It’s such great writing, I feel as if I was there with you. I’m thrilled you and everyone else had that experience.

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