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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

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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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Faith Talk - A Carpenter's Eyes

A Carpenter's Eyes

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

I’m not sure what possessed me to buy the book I’m currently reading – A Carpenter’s Life as Told by Houses by Larry Haun. I can barely handle a paintbrush, much less a hammer or power saw. The metaphor of building something is more appealing to me than the reality of it.

Maybe it’s because Joseph was a carpenter and likely passed on the trade to his son. Our professions shape how we see the world, don’t they? Maybe I wondered what eyes this trade gave Jesus. I always need help seeing the world through his eyes – in both its beauty and its pain. This couldn’t hurt.

Fortunately, the carpenter who wrote the book is also a lovely writer. He talks about how houses relate to the land they’re built on – how the materials suit (or don’t suit) their surroundings. He sees places in terms of what kinds of homes can be made from what’s on hand – whether it’s sod or hay bales, adobe bricks or wood. He knows intimately what homes need to be able to withstand – the cold and wind, the rain and snow - and the care, patience and teamwork it takes to make them strong.

We don’t hear Jesus talk that much about houses. Near the end of the Sermon on the Mount, though, he uses the image of house building to talk about the importance of acting on his words (many of which we’ll hear in worship for the next couple of weeks). “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock” (Matthew 7:24-25). Likewise, those who hear his words and don’t act on them are like those who build on sand. When the storms come, their houses fall.

What strikes me here is that the storms come, no matter what. It doesn’t matter if we’re wise or foolish; our mettle will be tested, one way or the other. The life directions we’re given in the Sermon on the Mount – the dangers of anger and lust, the importance of keeping our promises, the injunction to love our enemies and to give sacrificially – they’re not meant to be lofty aspirations floating above us. They’re the foundation for building a more solid life together, a home that’s secure enough in itself to shelter and welcome others. 

The other thing I notice as I practice seeing the world through this carpenter’s eyes is the love and admiration he has for his building materials. The author talks with awe about the first time he saw a real carpenter at work. The smell of that first pine is as fresh to him in his 70s as it was when he was 8. He looks at hay bales and sees their insulating power; he looks at the clay of the earth and sees endless possibility. Keeping St. Paul’s image in mind – that we’re not just the body of Christ, we’re also “God’s building” (I Corinthians 3:9) – I wonder what potential God sees when looking at us.

As we work on building and repairing relationships in this stormy time for our nation (and our world), I wonder about lots of things. I wonder what kind of house we’re building together as a community of faith – its warmth and joy, its openness to others.  I wonder what kind of shelter we’re constructing for those who don’t yet have a spiritual (or physical) home and how creative we can get with the materials at hand. Thank God we have a Master Carpenter at our side.