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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 - Out of the Comfort Zone

Out of the Comfort Zone

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My name is Audrey O’Beirne and I am 12 years old. I and about 10 other youth from St. Alban’s, along with some of our parents, went to the Church of the Epiphany in DC. This church was ginormous. Not as big as the Duomo di Milano but pretty big. A gathering of people stood outside of the church's doors. They were bundled up in clothes; big, bushy coats; hats; and some carried bags with their belongings. One man knocks on the door. The door finally opens to reveal a nice welcoming church inside. 

As we stepped inside we saw rows of church pews. Many of them are filled with men and women waiting for the church service and breakfast to begin. As we take our seat, my mom and I look at the front of the church. We look at the gorgeous stained glass windows along the sides of the church and behind the altar. I saw the labyrinth that spins around itself until it gets to the middle--God's heart.

We choose to sit at the front of the church. My mom and I sit there and gaze at all the aspects of the church. I ask my mom what she is looking at. She said that if you listen and look you can notice a lot of things. I noticed that a lot of the people in the church were constantly coming in and out of a door. I wanted to go in and see what was going on but remained at my seat.

After a short while we were all called to a pleasant little seating area with a lady named Lisa. Lisa said that we would be sitting with the people and talking to them. There were four options on what we could do. We could sit with the men and women and do art, sing in the choir, do a Bible study, or talk with some who are addicted to drinking and/or smoking. I choose to do art and Lisa led the people who wanted to do art (which was almost everybody) through the door I really wanted to go through, past the kitchen, and into a big open space.

There were round plastic tables with tablecloths on top of them. A man showed us his paintings,they were colorful and all represented a story in the Bible. Lisa told us we could sit down and that we could feel free to use any art supplies. Before we could do art we read something from a little slip of paper. After that I took some paint off the shelf and sat down next to a man named William. He was very nice and we talked about my painting and his pastel drawing. William was a very fun person to be with. I felt very happy just to be sitting there and talking to people outside of my comfort zone. Soon it was time to go in for the church service. 

As I sat there listening to the service, I thought that it was very unique from our St. Alban's church service. After the service was over, numbers and names of people were being called. The people who were called got up with all their belongings and walked through the door we went through to do the art. Finally my number was called.

My mom and I waited in a line to get our breakfast. The breakfast was being served by three people. For breakfast that day was a bowl of berries, a plain biscuit, eggs, and grits. When we got our food we were directed to a table. We sat down and smiled to the others sitting at our table.

After breakfast the priest called us to the same place we began with Lisa. We had a little reflection time and we had to say one word that described the morning. Interesting. That was my word. I found it  very different from Saint Alban's. I think a lot of the other people who came from Saint Alban's also found it a little bit different. But I thought it was a really good chance to get out there, get out of our comfort zone, and try something different just like the priest said to us at the end. She said even at school just try and get out of your comfort zone: talk to someone you don't know, sit at a lunch table you don't know, try and take a class that you don't know, and maybe that will pay off.

I found going to the Church of the Epiphany was very rewarding for me. I felt like I'm a better person just  because of it, just going to see different people, going to meet different people and I felt so happy just being there and talking to everybody and I felt glad that I went--Blessed.  

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