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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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This Week at St. Alban's

Worship for the Second Sunday of Advent

During our program year we offer two service options in English - one that includes the Communion prayer (The Great Thanksgiving) and a shorter one that does not, and one in Spanish. The clergy welcome your feedback and, of course, long for the day when we can worship safety together in person in real time. Here is everything you need to join in worship with us this Sunday, December 6: 
  • The worship services in English and Spanish can be accessed beginning at 8 am Sunday morning by visiting our website and clicking on the large image entitled "Worship from Home,"  or 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. 

 

Advent Children's Clothing Collection for The Harriet Tubman School

When and Where:  On Wednesday, December 16, from 10am until 12 noon, drive under the Lych Gate, stop in front of the rectory - the house behind Satterlee Hall on the right as you walk or drive toward the Bishop's Garden - and drop off new or gently used (if gently used please launder) items of clothing for kids (k-5).  Seasonally appropriate (as well as clothing of all kinds) will be gratefully accepted: Underwear - new only please - shirts, pants, sweaters, socks, shoes and coats.   Grace note: This list is not exhaustive.  Many of the children at the school have younger or older sisters and brothers, cousins or relatives, who also need clothing.  We, with someone who needs whatever you may bring to us, thank you!  Questions about logistics or conflict with the drop-off window?  Contact Tom Jansen.  

 

Season of Giving

This year in lieu of our annual Christmas dinner, St. Alban’s will be joining with our Cathedral Close neighbors to support our local community this holiday season and beyond. The Season of Giving has set a goal of supporting 1,400 families with grocery store gift cards and gift cards for Christmas presents for 400 children. This year, due to the hardships of the ongoing pandemic, it is more vital than ever to come together to support our neighbors.

The Season of Giving is an initiative of Cathedral Close Cares, a partnership among Washington National Cathedral, St. Albans School, National Cathedral School, Beauvoir, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation and St. Alban’s Parish—to foster discussion and promote action concerning service, justice and unity.
 
Gifts may be made via the St. Alban’s website (choose the fund "Seasons of Giving") or via check made out to St. Alban’s Church with "Season of Giving" on the Memo line. If you’re able, will you join us with a gift today?

 

St. Alban’s Virtual Christmas Pageant – and How You Can Help!
Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m.

Given the realities of the pandemic, we’re planning to hold a hybrid Zoom pageant this year with some live and some pre-recorded parts (about 30 minutes long). This is a wonderful opportunity to see church friends you may not have seen in a while and, most importantly, to celebrate the birth of Jesus with your faith community. We want to include as many faces and voices as possible. Here’s how you can help:
  • We're collecting old pageant photos to include in this year's presentation
  • We invite you to send pics of any or all family members in any role (adults welcome to participate!) – Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, animals, shepherds or angels – they’ll be incorporated into the pageant too
  • We’ll have child-size costume materials for angels, shepherds and animals available for contactless pick-up at the church on Sunday, December 6 from 2 to 5pm, or you may make your own
On the day of the pageant, children may dress in costume if they like, bring favorite stuffed animals to our virtual creche, and sing along to favorite carols (some led by our Choristers!).  More details to come, but for now – please email photos of family members in costume or pageants past to the Rev’d Emily Griffin by December 15. 
 

Sunday Classes for all Ages Are Underway

Our buildings may be closed, but St. Alban's Church is, indeed, open! Formation opportunities have begun. See our weekly e-newsletter for all the details.

  

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 see all of the news in the latest issue of This Week at St. Alban's, our weekly eNewsletter.