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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

Weekly In-person Sunday Service Schedule:

8:00 a.m. (English) in the Church
10:00 a.m. (English) in the Church
11:15 a.m. (Spanish) in Nourse Hall

Communion in one kind (i.e. wafers) will be offered at the main altar, although we will happily bring communion to those for whom steps are challenging. 

Weekly Live Sunday Services are live-streamed on our Youtube channel (St. Alban's DC) at 9 a.m. every Sunday, as is our Spanish service at 11:15 a.m. 

Evening Prayer Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom, join us for a time of reflection and sharing at the close of your busy day. Contact Paul Brewster at    for the link. 

 

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, we believe that a child’s spiritual growth is just as important as their physical and intellectual growth. Our goal is to help children name and value the presence and love of God in their lives. We do this through a variety of means – by providing stable and consistent adult mentors, encouraging strong peer relationships, and supporting parents in their families’ faith lives at home.

Worship: This Fall, Children's Chapel meets during the first half of the 9:00 a.m. service in Nourse Hall (a spacious parish hall in the same building as the main worship space.) Kids and families join "big church" at the Peace so everyone can receive Communion together. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

Education: We've resumed our formation programs for the 2022-2023 period. Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Sunday School and Youth Group Classes are from 10:15 to 11:05 a.m.
  • Nursery, 2s & 3s, PreK to 1st Grade, 2nd to 3rd Grade, and 4th to 6th Grade all meet upstairs in Satterlee Hall. Youth classes meet downstairs in Satterlee Hall.
  • If you haven’t registered your child or teen yet, it’s not too late. Register in person at the start of class or click here

Questions? For children, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin at . For youth, contact the Rev’d Yoimel González Hernández at .

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.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

 Join us Sunday Morning

Our in-person worship schedule for Sunday, October 2: 
  • 8:00 am (English) in the Church
  • 9:00 am (English) in the Church, with Children's Chapel in Nourse Hall
  • 11:15 am (English) in the Church
  • 11:15 am (Spanish) in Nourse Hall

Nursery care is available weekly for children up to age 3 from 9 am to 11:05 am on the upper level of Satterlee Hall.

 

Here is everything you need to worship with us online on Sunday
  • The worship service in English will be live on our YouTube channel every Sunday at 9 am.
  • Si quieres ver nuestro servicio en Español en vivo, ingresa AQUÍ el Domingo, a las 11:15 am y acompáñanos desde donde estés.
  • The full set of readings in English is here.
  • You may donate online by clicking here.
  • Si quieres ofrendar a través de nuestro sitio web, puedes encontrar aquí una explicación paso a paso de cómo hacerlo.  

 

What Are We Hearing on Sundays? 

This month, we are following the recommendation of our Bishop and other Dioceses around the country and using an alternate schedule of Sunday Scripture readings based on Micah 6:8 – “(The Lord) has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” This call not only frames our individual lives as we navigate the polarization and division in our nation; it’s the foundation for our parish’s spiritual practice of generosity – hence, our decision to use this framework as the theological basis for this year’s Annual Appeal. Join us as we reflect on the call to be more - more just, more kind, more humble, and more generous.

 

Save the dates for these Upcoming Adult Forums in October (10:15 to 11:00 a.m. in Nourse Hall)

  • October 2: Pictures from a Sabbatical. What do Uruguay, Italy and Upstate New York have in common?   Find out as the Rev’d Emily Griffin shares pictures and stories from her sabbatical this past summer. 
  • October 9:  Pictures from the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, and the worldwide church. The Rev’d Yoimel González Hernández and Mary Kostel will share their recent experiences at the 80th General Convention in Baltimore, the 15th Lambeth Conference in London and the 11th meeting of the World Council of Churches in Karlsruhe, Germany. 

 

 

Young Adult Retreat

Are you in your 20s or 30s? Join us for a retreat for young adults in our parish on Sunday, October 2nd, from 4-6pm. The Rev. Amanda Akes-Cardwell, the Diocesan Missioner for Faith Formation and Development, will lead the group in a debate about personal discernment and vocation. After the time together in church we will go for dinner. Questions? Contact Kara Schmidt.

 

 

Adult Enquirer’s Class, Monday evenings October 3 - November 14, 7 -8:30 pm, on Zoom

The Adult Enquirer’s Class is a six-part introduction to the life of faith in the Episcopal Church and at St. Alban’s. Each session explores an aspect of the Christian faith as understood in the Anglican Tradition and the Episcopal church and asks, “How is our faith lived out in the parish and the world?”  This class is designed for newcomers to the church as well as those who need to refresh their understanding of how to love God “not only with their lips, but in their lives.”   To register for the Fall 2022 Enquirer’s class, contact the Rev’d Jim Quigley

  

 

Support Hurricane Recovery Efforts with Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief & Development is mobilizing with partners to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian. Your donation to the Hurricane Relief Fund will support affected communities in the Caribbean and southern United States. Visit episcopalrelief.org for more information.

 

Adult Enquirer’s Class, Monday evenings October 3 - November 14, 7 -8:30 pm, on Zoom

The Adult Enquirer’s Class is a six-part introduction to the life of faith in the Episcopal Church and at St. Alban’s. Each session explores an aspect of the Christian faith as understood in the Anglican Tradition and the Episcopal church and asks, “How is our faith lived out in the parish and the world?”  This class is designed for newcomers to the church as well as those who need to refresh their understanding of how to love God “not only with their lips, but in their lives.”   To register for the Fall 2022 Enquirer’s class, contact the Rev’d Jim Quigley at  

Tolle Lege: The Sunday Morning Bible Study, 10:15 - 11:00 a.m. in the Satterlee Hall Conference Room

After overhearing a group of children saying "take and read" while playing in a garden outside his window,  the great Christian theologian Augustine picked up the nearest book - a Bible - and began reading it.  In Confessions, Augustine describes that moment as critical to his conversion to Christianity.  Beginning October 2, all are invited to a yearlong Sunday Morning Bible Study.  In 28 sessions spanning most Sundays in the church program year, participants will read significant portions of the Bible from the beginning to the end.  Led by Jim, Emily, Yoimel and others.  To register, contact the Rev’d Jim Quigley

 

 

 

A Prayer for Ukraine

On February 27,God of timelessness,
From chaos and disorder
you brought forth the beauty of creation;
From the chaos of war and violence
Bring forth the beauty of peace.
God of compassion
You saw the humanity of the outcast and the stranger;
Help us to see the evils of our hatreds and suspicions
and to turn them into the embrace of your Beloved Community.
God of peace,
Through your love on the cross
You overcame the power of violence and death;
Turn us away from the love of power
That we may transform a warring world
through the power of your love. Amen.

– The Rt. Rev’d Mark Edington, Bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe 

  

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