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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.




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.)

How do you worship?

What time are services on Sunday morning?

How long do services last?

Where can I park?

Do you offer programs for children?

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Do you have provisions for the differently-abled?

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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Faith Talk

Look Again

Posted by Jo Turner on

Along with other old folkies at the Birchmere Saturday evening, we loved listening to Tom Paxton and John McCutcheon. My takeaway line from the venerable Paxton as he reminisced: “It’s fine to look back at the past. Just don’t stare.” I’m one who can really...

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Tags: zaccheus, tom paton

Beauty Known


Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

They say that composer John Ireland (1879 - 1962) wrote the hymn tune to My Song is Love Unknown in the span of fifteen minutes over lunch with a friend.  It's probably not likely that we'd even know the hymn text, written by Samuel Crossman in 1664, if it weren't for the melody that...

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No Lost Causes

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

Zealotry and lost causes – here in our nation’s capital, we see our fair share of both. Today, on the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude (October 28), we recognize the existence of both not just in our public lives but in our faith lives too. As for the saints who inspired this day, we...

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Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on

Leftovers are a bane of church existence. Churches tend to gather around food: cookies after church, repasts after funerals, potlucks, dinners, picnics, all kinds of gatherings, served at church or in homes or pretty much anyplace. Almost always, there is food left over: half a cake, a platter...

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Tags: christ, christianity, church, compassion, grace, homeless, jesus, leftovers, remnant, joseph's place

What Really Matters

Posted by Jo Turner on

What gives our lives meaning? What binds us to each other and to God? How do we get through today and tomorrow? I’m preparing a continuing education session for a gathering of Stephen Ministers.  We’ll be discussing how to care for those who are approaching life’s end. A...

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Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

Daily Cup readers know that I'm a music lover.  A couple of months ago I bought tickets (thank you Lisa Sams for telling me about this!) for a concert that to me would be legendary.  Not only would I see some of my favorite musicians play in a small venue together (GW's Lisner...

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Doing Good

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

It’s not as simple as it seems – this business of doing good. Most of us want to leave the world better for our presence. We want to be part of the triumph of good over evil, of love over death. We want to offer the poor more than our good intentions and spare change. That’s...

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Wait, But

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

Thanks be to God I was the storyteller for Children's Chapel at St. Alban's today.  As of yesterday afternoon I was on the fence as whether to 1) tell a story about why I'm so bad at card tricks or 2) tell a story about why the name tag that I would wear didn't bear my name but rather...

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Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on

If you wander the streets of Oxford, you will come upon a strange mosaic cross, right in the center of Broad Street. It marks the place where Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley died.  Latimer and Ridley were Bishops in England at the time of the Reformation, and were strong proponents of the...

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Tags: christ, falcon, freedom, hopkins, latimer, ridley, oxford martyrs


Posted by Jo Turner on

For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truths and wander away to...

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Tags: itch

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