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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

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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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This Week at St. Alban's

Worship for the Second Sunday in Lent

During our program year we offer two video service options in English - one that includes the Communion prayer (The Great Thanksgiving) and a shorter one that does not. Here is everything you need to join in worship with us this Sunday, February 7: 
  • The worship services in English and Spanish can be accessed beginning at 8 am Sunday morning on our YouTube channel.
  • The full set of readings in English is here.
  • The English Order of Service bulletin with The Great Thanksgiving is here. 
  • The shorter English Order of Service bulletin is here. 
  • Here is a link for some children’s activities especially for this week's scripture readings.
  • You may donate online by clicking here.
  • Nuestra misa grabada para este domingo, está disponible aquí. 
  • Si quieres ofrendar a través de nuestro sitio web, puedes encontrar aquí una explicación paso a paso de cómo hacerlo.   

 

Grappling with Racial Injustice
St. Alban’s Engages presents:
Slavery & the Old School Tie: Shouldering Responsibility for an Alma Mater’s Role in the Slave Trade.
Tuesday, March 2, 7-8 pm

Our four-part series began with the personal story behind Katrina Browne’s discovery of her ancestor’s complicity in the slave trade.  Session two continued with a presentation on ways that individuals can work to form new personal narratives that can bring us closer to becoming the beloved community.  This coming Tuesday, in our third session of Grappling with Racial Injustice, we will learn about what institutions and institutional leaders can do for future generations as they mitigate the often-racist histories of their past.  Our presenter, Richard Cellini, will tell us about Georgetown University’s deep complicity in the antebellum slave economy and discuss the possible implications for Georgetown and other esteemed institutions of higher learning today.  We hope that you can join us.

An email with a link to the presentation will be distributed via the St. Alban’s email distribution list the day before the event.  To add an email address to our list, contact Charles Porter.  For information regarding the series, email Jim Quigley.

 

St. Alban’s Vestry News
February 24, 2021

For the February 2021 meeting of the Vestry, we continued the tradition that the opening meditation of the first meeting of a new Vestry is assigned to the Senior Warden. I took the opportunity to discuss my reaction to the recent controversy around allowing the Texas mega-church pastor Max Lucado to present a recorded sermon from the National Cathedral pulpit. The business of the meeting included:
  • The first business of the evening related to comprising the 2021 Nominating Committee and then acting on nominations for Officers and Committees.
  • Two bylaw amendments were discussed for possible action at the 2022 Annual Meeting.
  • The Vestry approved the budget for 2021.
  • Junior Warden Ted Swett reported to the Vestry on continuing work toward upgrading the HVAC systems in the church and Nourse Hall and in Satterlee Hall. 
  • To fund the HVAC work and other repairs and upgrades to make St. Alban’s able to more safely reopen, the Vestry formally approved moving forward with the anticipated capital campaign for the purpose of regathering safely with an initial goal of raising at least $1,750,000. 
  • Diocesan Delegate Barbara Manard reported out about the 2021 Convention.
Read more here.
 

Evening Prayer
Thursdays, 5:30 PM

Join us for a time of reflection and sharing at the conclusion of a busy day.  If you would like to join the service, here is the link.  The order of service for the Rite II liturgy can be found in the Book of Common Prayer starting at page 115.  It is also available in a pdf version to download here.  If you would like to share as either a leader or a reader, please contact Paul Brewster  or Emily Griffin.

 

Sunday Classes for all Ages 

Zoom Sunday School/Godly Play - Sundays 10:30 to 11 a.m.: We offer 2 classes at the same time – one for PreK to 2nd Graders and one for kids in 3rd to 6th Grade. The Zoom links will be sent out in our weekly parent email. To sign up for this list, register your child here. Questions, email the Rev'd Emily Griffin.

Youth Classes via Zoom - Sundays, 5:00 p.m.: We will have time to pray, learn, talk and know each other and we hope you can join us in this new season of our Youth MInistry at St. Alban´s. Please register online here. You can contact the Rev. Yoimel González Hernández if you have any questions. 

Zoom Sunday Morning Bible Study - 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Participants will read excerpted portions of the entire Bible, beginning with Genesis and concluding with Revelation. The text for the course is The Path. To register, email the Rev'd Jim Quigley.
  

 

Zoom Children’s Chapel
2nd & 4th Sundays, 9:00 a.m.

Until we are able to regather in person, we have decided to offer Zoom Children’s Chapel on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Here children experience worship at their pace and in their language, through story, prayer and song. All children, their families, and our adult leaders are welcome. To join the parent or leader email list and receive the Zoom link, email the Rev’d Emily Griffin  

 

Click here to read our weekly eNewsletter, This Week at St. Alban's.