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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?

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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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Memorial Day got me thinking about what memorials mean, and what happens when we remember—the whole memory thing. I’m a sentimental person who loves to revisit memories. I can easily get lost in them to the detriment of getting things done. This remembering often slows down any...

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Living: It's Personal


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Life is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the heartsof those who travel the way with us.So be swift to love, and make haste to be kind.                              Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881). I have...

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The Rest is Silence


Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

"Speak only to improve on the silence." Such is the advice frequently given to me by one of my colleagues in Godly Play, the method of spiritual guidance we use with our kids here at St. Alban’s.* If only I could heed it more often. We know from Ecclesiastes (3:7) that there is “a...

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His and Hers

Posted by Jo Turner on

This past Sunday, we heard diverse language referring to our God. The Gospel reading from John spoke of “father” no less than 13 times.  Of course it did: springing from a patriarchal culture like the other faiths in our Abrahamic tradition, God as father figure was the source...

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Found in Translation


Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

On Sunday I will celebrate the Eucharist in Spanish for the first time with our San Albano congregation. On one level, this isn’t so scary. While I’m not fluent by any means, I’ve been studying Spanish on my own for the last couple of years. I practice a little every day; I...

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Mistaken Identity


Posted by Jo Turner on

The church services Rich and I attended when our kids were young usually included children’s sermons, during which parishioners talked to the little ones about the lectionary readings for the day. I had a flashback to those days during our Good Shepherd Sunday this week. An earnest woman...

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Leaving Shore


Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

How do we imagine God, and where do we get our images? These were some of the questions the Rite 13 youth group, their leaders and I explored together last weekend at Rehoboth in between beach trips, mini golf games and vegetable-less meals. We talked about our images for God and what it might...

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On the Road—Again


Posted by Jo Turner on

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma′us, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept...

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I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me


Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

  On Sunday I preached a sermon on Luke's story of the Journey to Emmaus (Luke 24.13-35).  It's a story that ends well.  The followers of Jesus, who hadn't been able to recognize him as they walked with him on the road, invite him to stay with them and as they sit with him and...

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The Rising


Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

I surprised a few folks recently by confessing Bruce Springsteen as one of my favorite theologians. Maybe it’s because I’m an honorary Jersey Girl. (Fourteen years in the Garden State qualifies me, I think.) Or maybe it’s because I find the dull tone of most theology to be at...

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