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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 - Tres Reyes at Epiphany

Tres Reyes at Epiphany

Posted by Lauri Fitz-Pegado on

On January 6, we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, when three learned people from the East followed a bright star to find and pay homage to the baby Jesus. Called Three Kings Day in the Spanish speaking world, it's a time for joyous celebration for most in Mexico, Central and South America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. And at St. Alban's, our Latino congregation (San Albano) hosts a Tres Reyes party for the entire congregation.

This year, the pot-luck event drew a full house of about 70 congregants and guests and featured traditional foods from some of the dozen countries of heritage represented at San Albano. The Tres Reyes celebration has occurred annually since the Spanish-language service began almost a decade ago. Adults and children alike look forward to it all year, as it has something for everyone

One St. Alban's tradition is to recruit three adults to dress as Kings and distribute gifts to the children. In most of Latin America, Christmas Eve “noche buena” is the traditional family celebration, with a dinner and gifts opened at midnight. January 6 is for the children, with traditions such as writing letters to the Three Kings with requests for gifts, usually left in a shoe. In Cuba, hay is left in shoes for the camels carrying the Three Kings. In other countries, children have photos taken with the Kings much like kids in North America have their pictures taken with with Santa Claus. 

Consistent throughout these countries on January 6 is an act truly in the spirit of the season, reaching out to the less fortunate on this day to provide food and toys for those who may not have had the means to celebrate. In Nicaragua, food for the family is the priority with toys for the children according to the means of the community. The tradition of identifying those in the town who are needy or visiting an orphanage is common practice in many countries.

Another San Albano tradition is to provide a piñata, a paper mache animal or star, which the children delight in striking with a stick until it breaks and candy cascades to the floor where they scramble to retrieve it. The piñata is common in Mexico, and while it's not a traditional part of Tres Reyes, one of our Mexican congregants says some homes have piñatas during the nine days leading up to December 24, the “posadas” when groups of adults and children go door to door emulating Mary and Joseph's unsuccessful quest for a room at the inn.

It is customary for Latinos to attend church services on January 6. This year, because the date fell on a Sunday, the meal and festivities occurred immediately after the regular 11:15 service. Regular attendees at the Spanish and English-language services,  guests from Japan, Paraguay and Spain made our celebration truly multicultural.

The Rev'd Debbie Kirk pointed out that the  the New Testament does not describe the travelers on that day as Kings but as wise ones. Since women can be wise, we asked Karina from the Spanish language congregation to be our trailblazer and act as one of the three.  As always the children delighted in receiving gifts and having a shot at breaking the piñata. Inviting children and parents from the broader congregation is a way to be inclusive and to expose US-born congregants to other cultural practices in an atmosphere that is fun for all.

Keeping with tradition, there is a cake contains a small doll representing baby Jesus. Whoever receives the piece of cake containing the figure is required to perform some service to the guests. This varies from country to country, from preparing a Mexican food called a tamale for the host in February to hosting the party the next year for all the guests. There is no such tradition at St. Alban's, but all of us were reminded that we should remember to keep Jesus in our hearts all year, whether we found him in the cake or not. 

More photos are available here.

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