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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 - Rest on this Day... Sort of!

Rest on this Day... Sort of!

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The uneventful morning of August 15 led us to the bus at about 7 AM. With our bags packed and ready to embark on this extraordinary day, we received our bus tickets and piled up on a ferry for our trip to Aegina.  We ended up arriving to the ferry a bit early, allowing time to wander around and grab some breakfast before leaving the dock. After about an hour and a half on the ferry, we arrived in Aegina, where we met up with Sandy, our tour guide for the day.

 

Our first stop was a big hill covered with tiny churches called Palaiochora. As we hiked up the hill, we made a few stops along the way into some of the very beautiful small churches that were developed for individual worship and prayer. At this point, those of us that decided to wear sandals in preparation for the beach instead of shoes for hiking, realized that it would be difficult to make it very far, up the hill. Half of the group decided to turn back after a few flights and the other half continued to marvel at the Palaichora, which was said to be a constellation of 365 churches in the mountains of Aegina. Today, August 15, the day of the “Dormition” of the Virgin Mary (i.e. death of the Virgin Mary), was a heavily celebrated holiday in Greece, so the churches were overflowing, and the island of Aegina full. 

 

The next stop, an old monastery turned convent, Chrysaliniotissa. This beautiful monastery, built in the 17th century, is now inhabited by only 9 nuns and a wide variety of animals including sheep, goats, peacocks and ostriches. As we wandered around the grounds, we witnessed the beauty of the ancient architecture in the church. It was also interesting to see others on their own pilgrimage to the monastery. Although we’d been told to expect heavy crowds for the holiday, they were manageable but the lines occasionally long as the native pilgrims lined up to kiss the icon and symbolize the cross with their arms as they made their way through the chapel.

 

The next stop was the Church and monastery of Agios Nektarios, one of the newest Orthodox saints. Known as the Patron Saint of Healing, people come from all over the world to his chapel to pray for healing.  When we arrived at the monastery on the hill above the church, we saw a sign saying that women needed to wear a skirt and men pants, otherwise entrance was “forbidden”. Next to the sign was a line of long skirts and pants for pilgrims to use prior to entering the living quarters of Nektarios where we were able to get a sense of how modest Nektarios lived and yet he gave so much.

 

When we arrived at Temple of Aphaia, dedicated to the goddess of human fertility and agriculture, we made our way up the small hill to an area of worship surrounded by rolling green hills looking out over the ocean.  At the top of the pathway, we were greeted by a temple that was similar in appearance to the Athenian Parthenon, though much smaller and less crowded. We learned that the temple was built in 500 BC over the remains of another temple from 570 BC that had been destroyed by fire.

 

As we delighted in all of the Ancient Architecture of Greece had to offer, we all could not wait to arrive at our final destination, the beach! After a long journey of travel and reflection at all that the ancient Greeks were able to accomplish with the help of God, it was only right the we were able to continue to enjoy God’s blessings in the most beautiful blue water and grey sand that many of us had ever seen.  We set up shop at a beach front restaurant, whose owner was Sandy’s brother in law. There, we had a wonderful meal and enjoyed the cool ocean water. After our beach time was over, we dried off and headed back to Athens. While on the Ferry, we could not help but stare and I’m sure reflect on our journey to Greece.  

 

On arrival in Athens, the Chaperones treated us to their own version of stone soup. We had delicious food and enjoyed live music. After we finished eating our food, we were called into the restaurant, where we were taught a traditional Greek dance! We formed a circle with our arms each other while we danced, chanted “OPA!!”, and smashed clay plates on the floor of the restaurant. We all had lots of fun!

 

We ended our day in evening prayer and a “candle ceremony”, where we picked someone at random to pass the candle on to as we said something about them that we’d learned while on this journey. We would also reveal our moment of wonder (the moment we saw or felt God the most) and our moment of adventure. By the end of the ceremony, we learned about the most impactful moments for everyone during the pilgrimage. We would leave Greece with a unique experience that only we could share. We would also leave with deeper friendships and a more insightful understanding of the Church and how to further strengthen our relationship with God. With this relationship, we will find our purpose and move towards defining the people we want to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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