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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 - Visiting the Welcome Table

Visiting the Welcome Table

Posted by Mirelle Warouw on

It was still dark when Hana and I left our house a few Sundays ago to meet up with the St. Alban’s youth group. Our meeting location was the Church of the Epiphany, which is nestled among office buildings a few blocks from the White House and hosts the Welcome Table program. At 6:30 am, there were already folks in line to receive assigned numbers for breakfast. These early birds had to wait two more hours to eat, but at least they were guaranteed a warm meal.

The deacon welcomed us and explained the Welcome Table’s mission, which included feeding the hungry and worshipping as one. In addition to breakfast and the Eucharist, we had the option of participating in several group activities: Gospel Art, Bible Study, or Choir Rehearsal.

Most of the youth opted for Gospel Art and made use of the assortment of paper, paints, pencils, and markers. Hana was rather quiet and sat next to Marvin, who willingly broke away from his drawing to chat. Soon, though, she was conversing and coloring with the others. At another table, a man with a knitted hat worked on a vivid watercolor of the Washington Monument.

During the Eucharist, the choir (which acquired two St. Albanites as choristers that morning) and the congregation sang music derived from the African-American hymnal. Many in the congregation asked for prayers relating to housing, addiction recovery, and hopes for entrepreneurship opportunities. We listened to a sermon on compassion and the importance of simple acts such as saying hello and good morning. I glanced at Hana, wondering if she was paying attention.

We waited for our turn for breakfast, which consisted of a bowl of fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuits, and jam. The volunteers were efficient with turnover to maximize the number of people being served. The church regularly prepares for 200 meals and it was evident that the demand was high. When we were done, we returned to the pews and listened as church volunteers continued to call out numbers for breakfast. Our visit concluded with the group members reflecting on their experience. Some noted the congregants’ active involvement during the entire church service. Those who participated in the Bible study admired the participants’ extensive knowledge of the Bible.

Hana remained quiet during the reflection. I wondered if she just considered this as another activity on her schedule that I made her do. But later that day, Hana told me that it was a fun experience. Despite being a verbal child, she admitted the comfort of drawing and using art instead of words to express her thoughts. She enjoyed talking and listening to Marvin. She loved singing and clapping to the music and liked the idea of the open invitation to join the choir. Also, it turned out she did pay attention to the sermon. She appreciated how it offered practical advice on showing compassion to others, including strangers. She wanted to go back, despite the early morning start.

Hana and her peers often desire to make a difference in the world. Acts of kindness and empathy have been cited as ways to fight bigotry and injustice. Grate Patrol and the Welcome Table are wonderful examples of love and faith put into action. At the Welcome Table, our youth were able to spend time and hold hands in prayer with those they may have served during Grate Patrol. They strengthened their listening skills and perhaps even learned from those individuals who were financially less fortunate, but still have much to offer. Our youth were also exposed to clergy, social workers, and volunteers dedicated to feeding the hungry, helping the needy, and serving Christ in these communities.

As a parent, I saw firsthand the value of these hands-on experiences as part of the youth’s faith training.

I encourage other parents and friends to join our youth and witness them sharing Christ’s love, sensitivity, and compassion.

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