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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

Beginning on Trinity Sunday, May 30, 2021, worship will be open to anyone without pre-registration or distancing requirements. We will continue requiring that worshippers be masked for now. 

Our schedule of services will remain the same throughout the summer:

 - 9:00 a.m. (English) in the church

 - 10:30 a.m. (English) in the church

 - Noon (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. 

Masked hymn singing both indoors and outdoors will be permitted, and music will be supported by a soloist and organ. 

On-line worship services in English and Spanish are available on Sundays beginning at 8:00 a.m. on our YouTube channel.

 

 

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: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service. Starting in September 2021, Children’s Chapel with Communion will be held outdoors on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

Education: All church school classes resume the Sunday after Labor Day with our annual Open House. Instruction starts the following Sunday.

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

Live-Streamed Services Step by Step

If you can't join us at Church this first Sunday of Advent, we encourage you to do so from wherever you're able through our live broadcast. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Log in to youtube.com and look for our Youtube Channel
  2. Search for the "Sunday Service" video at the top of the page
  3. Enjoy the service
  4. Subscribe to our Youtube channel for weekly notifications

It is easy, safe, and convenient. If you have any questions, please contact our Communications Manager, Mery Montenegro.

We hope to see you all this Sunday, at 9 am EST.

 

Join us for Worship Sunday, November 28, in Person or Online

Our in-person worship schedule: 
  • 8 a.m. (English) in the Church.
  • 9 a.m. (English) in the Church.
  • 9 a.m. (English) Children’s Chapel on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
  • 11:15 a.m. (English) in the Church.
  • 11:15 a.m. (Spanish) in Nourse Hall (same building as the Church). Bulletins are bilingual for interested English speakers. 
Please note that we continue to worship in accordance with the coronavirus guidelines of our Diocese and the District of Columbia, which means:
  • We remain masked at all times (unless we have a speaking part leading the service).
  • We do not drink from a common cup (consecrated wafers will be distributed to all who wish to receive).
Here is everything you need to worship with us online on Sunday
  • The worship services 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.
  • Here is a link for some children’s activities especially for this week's scripture readings.
  • 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.

 

Collecting Blankets, Coats and Bag Meals for Grate Patrol (December 5th and 10th)

As you may know, we collect bag meals the 2nd Friday of each month and deliver them to the Salvation Army for distribution on their Grate Patrol van. Sign up to make meals for this coming December 10 HERE. You don't need to be a youth or family to participate; all are welcome!

In addition, we have asked the Salvation Army what our homeless neighbors request most often this holiday season. At the top of their list were new or gently used blankets and coats (adult-sized). To that end, we will have a collection bin available at the church on Sunday, December 5th for any you may wish to donate. Remember – only give something you would welcome receiving! You may also drop them off at the church on Friday, December 10th from 1 to 2pm (our normal bag meal drop off time.)

Thank you in advance for your generous response!

  

In-Person Learning For Children And Youth

PreK to 5th Grade Sunday School Now Meeting Indoors Every Sunday, from 10:15 to 11:00 am

Given the onset of colder weather, we have moved our two Godly Play classes indoors. PreK to 2nd Grade now meets downstairs in the Rectory (the house across the driveway from the Church), and 3rd to 5th Grade meets upstairs. It’s not too late to register your child in person or online HERE.

Masks are required for everyone, and some windows will be open for increased ventilation. All of our leaders are fully vaccinated.

At this point, we’re still holding off on resuming Nursery care and our 2s & 3s class.

Questions or concerns? Contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.


Youth Classes (6th-12 Grades) begin at 10:15 a.m. in Satterlee Hall.

Spaces for Youth Classes are as follows: 

  • Rite 13 (6th-7th grades): Rectory Porch
  • J2A (8th-9th grades): Room 203, Satterlee Hall (main floor)
  • Senior Youth (10th-11th grades): Room 301, Satterlee Hall, upstairs

We have made plans to have the safest places possible for our youth in-person classes. To that end, masks are required at all times. To register for Youth Classes online, click HERE. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Rev. Yoimel González Hernández.

 

Advent Olive Oil Sale

This Advent, the Global Mission Committee is selling organic, fair trade olive oil products in the Wade Room November 28th, December 5th and December 12th after each service. You may order in advance for pick-up on one of those Sundays by emailing your order form to Helen Habiby. For online payments, click here. Also, you can make checks payable to St. Alban’s Church and pay when you pick up. Thank you.

 

Stewardship 2021-2022: Introducing St. Alban’s Gives

Being a part of St. Alban’s is something special. Join us in pledging for the 2022 stewardship campaign and share your favorite memory of St. Alban’s while you’re at it! Visit our website or pick up a pledge card from the church narthex to make your pledge. Send your favorite memory or thing about St. Alban’s to Lisa Garnett for us to share in future communications. Thank you to all who have pledged to date!

 

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