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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Worship is the foundation of our common life at St. Alban's. In our prayers, praises and singing we are bound together and brought into a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
We may worship at different services and participate in different ministries, but the people of St. Alban’s thrive on connecting as a community. We find many opportunities to celebrate our relationships as God’s people.
We are called, no matter our age, to grow in our life of faith through acts of service and regular worship as well as spiritual discipline and learning. St. Alban’s has a variety of educational and spiritual offerings designed to help you deepen your faith.
St. Alban’s is strongly committed to showing God’s love to those who are in need. St. Alban's parishioners give generously of their treasure, time and talent, working directly with people who need assistance.
Christians believe that all that we have are God’s gifts to us. As members of St. Alban’s, we respond to these amazing gifts by giving generously to enable the life-changing work of the church both inside and outside our walls.
Polls will be open in the Wade Room from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., to elect a Junior Warden and Vestry members.
For Junior Warden (one, for a 3-year term):
Ted Swett, Carol Aschenbrener.
For Vestry (four, for 3-year terms):
Megan King, Karina Rodriguez, Rachel Colson, Anton Vanterpool II, Lisa Garnett, John Thorne IV, Carol Aschenbrener.
Note that one of the Warden candidates is also standing, simultaneously, for election to the Vestry. We have instituted this practice – of offering Warden candidates the opportunity to also stand for election to the Vestry – in order to avoid losing altogether the possibility that a Warden candidate who is not elected tothatoffice may have no other chance to serve in elected lay leadership. It will work this way: a winning Warden candidate will be dropped off the Vestry Member list, and any votes he/she receives for Vestry Member will be disregarded. The remaining Vestry Member candidates will be ranked by votes received, and elected accordingly.
Written statements from the candidates are available in English and en Espanol. You can also listen to their comments from the Sunday forum.
Review voting procedures here. Election results will be announced on Monday, January 27.
The parish Annual Meeting will convene at 10:15 a.m. -- the usual Forum hour -- in Nourse Hall. The 2019 Annual Report (English or en Espanol) includes minutes from the 2019 meeting, which will be approved at this meeting.