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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 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 - Abundance

Abundance

Posted by The Rev'd Debbie Kirk on

Earlier this week, I had a delightful conversation with a long-standing parishioner of St. Alban’s and faithful participant in the 11 am community. It was one of those conversations that moved gracefully from topic to topic without any guidance from us. This parishioner told me that she had felt called this past Sunday to attend one of the English speaking services. I am glad she listened to that call. She told me she connected with Rev. Matthew’s sermon in a deep and meaningful way to the message of scarcity and abundance. I called Rev. Matthew and asked to read a copy of that sermon. It was indeed powerful and loving. If you missed it in person, it will be available soon on line.

It brought to my mind the Hebrew Bible story of the manna God sent from heaven. The manna flowed freely from the heavens. It was abundant and more than sufficient to nourish all the people daily. But there were those who viewed life through the lens of scarcity and hoarded the manna. That manna spoiled. God was making a point about resources in creation being sufficient if only we share. The New Testament continues this message of abundance and sharing. Just think of the loaves and fishes.

But our conversation continued, and we talked about the poisoned water in Flint, Michigan. We were both saddened by the fact that people were turned away from free, bottled water in some locations because they lacked identification. We lamented that some people controlling access to essential water were hoarding it and denying it to others from fear or hatred. The bottled water was abundant, but not to all people.   The good news is the government took steps to remedy the situation and provide water regardless of identification when concerns were raised.

So I end this reflection with the ideas of generosity and compassion and reaching out to all people. Jesus would not have hoarded the water for the “in group.” Jesus would have shared the water.

Gozo y paz (Joy and peace,)   Rev. Debbie

Al incio de esta semana, tuve una conversación muy agradable con una feligresa de una larga entrega con la parroquia de San Albano y una participante fiel en la comunidad de las 11 horas. Era una conversación que se movía con gracia de un tema a otro sin ningún tipo de orientación de nosotros. Esta parroquiana me dijo que se había sentido llamado este pasado domingo para asistir a uno de los servicios ingleses. Estoy contento de que ella escuchó a esa llamada. Me dijo que se conecta con el sermón del Rev. Mateo de una manera profunda, y ella conecta con el mensaje de la escasez y la abundancia.   Después de esta convesación, llamé a Rev. Mateo y le pide que enviera una copia de ese sermón. El sermón era poderoso y amoroso. Si se lo ha perdido en persona, estará disponible en línea.

Se trajo a la mente la historia de la Biblia Hebrea del maná que Dios envió desde el cielo. El maná fluía libremente desde los cielos. Era abundante y más que era suficiente para alimentar a todas las personas diariamente. Pero hubo quienes vieron la vida a través del lente de la escasez y acaparaba el maná. El maná se descompuso. Dios estaba haciendo un punto acerca de los recursos en la creación de ser suficiente si solamente compartimos. El Nuevo Testamento continúa este mensaje de la abundancia y el compartimiento.   Basta pensar en los panes y los peces.

Sino nuestra conversación continuó, y hablamos sobre el agua envenenada en Flint, Michigan.   Estábamos tristes por el hecho de que las personas fueron rechazados del puro agua gratis en algunos lugares debido a que faltaron identificación. Lamentamos que algunas personas que controlan el acceso a los botellas de aguas puros fueron acaparandolos y negarlos a los demás por miedo o el odio. El agua embotellada era abundante, pero no a todas las personas. El gobierno tomó medidas para remediar la situación y proporcionar agua independientemente de identificación cuando se plantearon preocupaciones.

Así que termino esta reflexión con las ideas de la generosidad y la compasión y extendir la mano a los demás.   Jesús no habría acaparado el agua para los que pertenecen al “grupo.” Jesús habría compartido el agua con todos.

Gozo y paz, Debbie+

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