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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

SUNDAY SERVICES (after Labor Day through May)
8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite I (spoken)

9:00  a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II

                        Children's Chapel

11:15 a.m.      Misa in Español (Little Sanctuary)

11:15 a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II (Rite I during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter)

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 9:00 a.m.  Daily Morning Prayer

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.                                    Holy Eucharist: Rite II

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

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For Your Kids

Children’s Ministry

At St. Alban’s Parish the formation of our children is a high priority.  While we know that a significant amount of a child’s faith comes from the home, we aim to provide excellent children’s formation throughout the year to complement the formation that is ongoing in a child’s life.  Our goal is to help children easily point to the love of God in their lives.

Worship: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service in Nourse Hall. Children join the congregation in "big church" at the Peace, in time for Eucharist.

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

Nursery care: Child care is available from 9:00 to 11:05 a.m. during the program year (September to May) for infants and children under 3 who aren’t quite ready for our 2s & 3s class.

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. 

Worship:  St. Alban’s Teen Service Fellowship starts at 9:00 a.m. and is a separate service just for our teens held in the Little Sanctuary at St. Albans School. This interactive service offers teens time to talk about life, the Gospel, and to celebrate Eucharist together.  The teens return to "big church," before heading to their classes at the conclusion of the 9:00 a.m. worship service.  Friends are always welcome.

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 Look in the Mirror

A Look in the Mirror

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on with 5 Comments

I wanted to hear something timeless, something sturdier than knee jerk emotion.  Since the election, I’ve heard so many words spoken out of fear, anger and betrayal. I’ve heard myself saying them. Mostly within the privacy of my own home, but still. I don't want to feel this way about my country, especially on Veterans Day - when we rightly honor those who have risked their lives on our behalf.

So I did as I’ve been trained to do as a Christian. I went to the Bible. I went to our Daily Office readings – the schedule of Scriptures set out for us in the Book of Common Prayer. It was tempting to go searching for something that would justify my anger on behalf of the women, minorities and immigrants suddenly made much more vulnerable by the choice our country has made. If you look hard enough, you can find a Bible verse to justify just about anything. One of the virtues of the Daily Office is that it doesn’t let us get away with that.

Here’s what we have today from the epistle of James:

“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.” (1:19-21)

Not exactly what I wanted to hear. Anger isn’t useless, of course; when channeled properly, it can fuel us to work and persevere for what we say we believe. Besides, there aren’t any “shoulds” on our feelings; we feel what we feel, and shame over those feelings is a waste of energy and time. Still, I wanted to be rewarded for my righteous anger – not told that anger held for too long inevitably becomes self-righteous.

Nor did I want to hear that I need to start by putting my own house in order – that the sordidness and rank growth of wickedness I see outside of me are inside of me too. Who wants to be told to go look in the mirror, when it feels so much more satisfying to skip the introspection and go back out on the battlefield? Don’t worry; we are not being called to passive navel-gazing or indulgent self-exploration here. Immediately following this call to meekness (or humility) is a call to action:

“But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget, but doers who act – they will be blessed in their doing.” (1:22-25)

The point isn’t to stare into the mirror forever; it’s to look and remember what we see as we act – so that we can find some of that same humanity in the faces of those with whom we disagree. Perhaps our feelings of fear, anger and betrayal (for those who feel that way now) aren’t just useless distractions; perhaps they’re points of connection and compassion with those who have felt betrayed and forgotten by their country for years. Perhaps our actions on behalf of those we now feel are in greater danger will be more effective – once we’ve recognized our own capacity for selective sight.

I’ll close with words that, if not timeless, are a lot sturdier than whatever we’re all feeling at this moment:

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 820)

From our lips to God’s ears,

Emily+

Comments

Lois Stratton November 11, 2016 5:17pm

thank you Emily for registering such a peaceful comment.
I love the mirror image in you blog. Right on!

Kristie Hassett November 12, 2016 8:52am

Emily, Thank you for sharing your feelings, but not letting your meditation turn something that is merely political. I appreciate that personally and I appreciate that a member of a congregation that holds itself out as a welcoming place for all Christians.

Anonymous November 12, 2016 10:45am

The tools of our faith offer us so much wisdom. Thank you for reminding us to pick them up and use them.

Anonymous November 12, 2016 10:45am

The tools of our faith offer us so much wisdom. Thank you for reminding us to pick them up and use them.

Anonymous November 12, 2016 10:45am

The tools of our faith offer us so much wisdom. Thank you for reminding us to pick them up and use them.

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