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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

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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 - Angels Second Class

Angels Second Class

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on with 1 Comments

I don't suppose there's a better time of year to think about angels.  On Saturday night this past week I settled in and watched, for the umpteenth time, the 1946 classic It's A Wonderful Life.  As a believer the beginning of the film takes me to a childlike place in my faith - a star filled night sky with a divine court represented by clusters of stars that get brighter and blink as they narrate the flashback that's the basis for the rest of the story.  When the divine council calls on Clarence - the 200 + year old angel who's still working for his wings - to intervene in George Bailey's life Clarence asks the divine court if George is sick.  "No, it's worse... he's discouraged."  When George's discouragement turns to despair he does something he doesn't usually do.  He prays.  "Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there and you can hear me... show me the way, show me the way."  And then Clarence dives in.

Later in the film George tells Clarence that given what he's been through lately Clarence is just the kind of angel he'd expect - a fallen one.  "What happened to your wings?" George asks.  "I haven't won my wings yet," Clarence says.  "That's why I'm called Angel Second Class.  I have to earn them.  And you'll help me will you?"  

Yesterday afternoon we held the final service of Holy Eucharist at The Washington Home. Our relationship with The Washington Home was as profound as it was long-lasting.  As our parish historian Ruth Cline has written, "The Washington Home for the Incurables" was founded in 1888 by Mrs. Charles S. Hill, niece of the philanthropist William W. Corcoran.  The home would provide care for helpless and destitute chronically ill people. In 1892 the home moved to a location on the border of St. Alban's Parish and thus our relationship began.

In a book called Happy Issue: My Handicap and the Church, St. Alban's parishioner G. Janet Tulloch (d. 2000) described her struggles with cerebral palsy and her participation in St. Alban's York Club for young adults.  Janet became a resident of the home in 1967 and published A Home is Not a Home (Seabury Press, 1975, foreword by Senator Charles H. Percy) which described Janet's personal experiences with the residents and staff.  A Home is not a Home sensitized many to the challenges and indignities of institutional life and members of this parish have answered those challenges and indignities with a ministry of presence and love for more than 100 years.  

As I wrote in an earlier Cup about The Washington Home, the population there has been dwindling for the year or so since the announcement that the home that is not a home would close its doors.  Just last week the two lone remaining residents were moved out. Yesterday we held a service to remember and say farewell to our ministry to The Washington Home for the Incurables, that place where so many St. Alban's parishioners became angels first class.  

About twenty-five of us were gathered yesterday.  Instead of a homily we told stories. We laughed, we sang, we cried, and we prayed that while the chapel we would leave yesterday would no longer be a chapel, and that while its closing means a sense of loss, we are comforted by the knowledge that God is not tied to any place or building, nor is our work as the church. 

Thanks be to God for the ministry both given and received in The Washington Home. Thanks be to God for every resident, every lay reader, every homily, every hymn.  Pray with us as we seek a new home and new lay leadership such that a new generation of angels can earn their wings.

Happy Monday,

Jim+ 

 

 

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Tricia December 13, 2016 8:46pm

Just beautiful, Jim!

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