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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

Please note: In-person services are temporarily suspended.

We invite you to join us for on-line worship on Sundays beginning at 8:00 a.m., in English and Spanish on our YouTube page

 

 

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

Visiting a church for the first time can be a bit daunting. So we have tried to put together the answers to some of the questions you’re likely to have and to ensure that you find a warm welcome here. Click on the questions to learn more.)

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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 - Rooted in Jesus

Rooted in Jesus

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

Sometimes we need to be reminded why we do what we do as a church. What is our good news worth sharing, and how do we communicate it? In a world thirsting for meaning, connection and hope, how can we best share the gift that we know in Jesus? 

These were some of the questions Jim Quigley and I grappled with at the Rooted in Jesus conference in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago (sponsored by the Episcopal Church Foundation and others). I’ll let Jim share his story in his own words, but here are a few of my highlights:

We heard a powerful sermon by the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, on “the heresy of trying to worship God without a conscience.” In other words, we cannot disconnect the Jesus we worship on Sunday from his mission to bring good news to the poor (Luke 4:18-19). We can’t use Jesus to justify policies that harm the poor. We can’t separate Jesus and justice, and we distort our faith when we try. The sermon is lengthy, but you can check it out here (start at 31:19 – it goes until 1:18:37 or so).

Perhaps the most practical workshop for me was “Learning from Soft Space Gone Wrong: Shifting from Many Ages in Worship to Worship for All Ages.” Rather than making worship fit the needs of only one group (be it adults or children), how might we create services that help people of all ages to encounter God? Can’t wait to try some of these suggestions at our next All Ages services on Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday (6 p.m. both nights) and see how they might ripple out to the parish as a whole.

Other helpful workshops had to do with evangelism – remembering how we as the church have something solid and life-giving to offer the lonely in our midst (be it the young, the old or those of us in-between). I learned that Generation Z self-identifies as the loneliest of our generations; I wonder what that might mean for our ministry with the young adults living around us. I learned more about the realities of reaching out to our neighbors in an increasingly post-Christian culture and about how our assumptions of “church” are shaped both by where we come from and where we live now.

I shared more of these thoughts at the Vestry retreat as we think about how best to be in relationship with those around us – how we can meet them where they are and invite them to go deeper in their relationship with God (realizing that every authentic invitation creates space to say yes or no) while remaining open to the Spirit transforming us too.

In a national culture that gets more fractured and divisive by the day, it was heartening to be surrounded by so many Episcopalians (over 1200, I’m told) who were clear on their purpose as followers of Jesus, committed to his way of love, and open to new ways of living out that love. The good news we have to share actually felt good. Thanks for allowing me the gift of this time and this opportunity.

Peace, Emily+

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