This is my search section here
  • Welcome
  • Service Times
  • Directions
  • What to Expect
  • For Your Kids
  • The Episcopal Church
Close X

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

Weekly In-person Sunday Service Schedule:

8:00 a.m. (English) in the Church
10:00 a.m. (English) in the Church
11:15 a.m. (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. 

Weekly Live Sunday Services are live-streamed on our Youtube channel (St. Alban's DC) at 9 a.m. every Sunday, as is our Spanish service at 11:15 a.m. 

Evening Prayer Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom, join us for a time of reflection and sharing at the close of your busy day. Contact Paul Brewster at    for the link. 

 

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.)

How do you worship?

What time are services on Sunday morning?

How long do services last?

Where can I park?

Do you offer programs for children?

What should I wear?

Do you have provisions for the differently-abled?

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: This Fall, Children's Chapel meets during the first half of the 9:00 a.m. service in Nourse Hall (a spacious parish hall in the same building as the main worship space.) Kids and families join "big church" at the Peace so everyone can receive Communion together. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

Education: We've resumed our formation programs for the 2022-2023 period. Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Sunday School and Youth Group Classes are from 10:15 to 11:05 a.m.
  • Nursery, 2s & 3s, PreK to 1st Grade, 2nd to 3rd Grade, and 4th to 6th Grade all meet upstairs in Satterlee Hall. Youth classes meet downstairs in Satterlee Hall.
  • If you haven’t registered your child or teen yet, it’s not too late. Register in person at the start of class or click here

Questions? For children, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin at . For youth, contact the Rev’d Yoimel González Hernández at .

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.

I'm New
St. Alban's
seedling

Faith Talk

Favorite Hymn

Posted by The Rev'd Matthew Hanisian on

Recently I was having a conversation with someone and was asked, “Matthew, what is your favorite hymn?”  Although I have many hymns that I love there are a few that would fall into that category of “favorite.”  I answered: Hymn 707 in The Hymnal 1982.  For...

Continue reading…

A Wordy Kind of Saint

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

Imagine teaching a lesson on Thomas Aquinas to 3rd and 4th Graders. That’s the sacredly foolish task I gave my Sunday School teachers one year at my first parish in preparation for All Saints’ Sunday. Why Aquinas, one might reasonably ask? Why not St. Francis or St. Nicholas or one...

Continue reading…

Away the Blizzard Blahs

Posted by Ron Hicks on

It was only one blizzard, but it was enough. I’m ready for a chuckle or two.  Perhaps you are too.  I used some of the downtime to go through some old papers I’ve been keeping, and I found one with all of these.  They amused me once again.  They might you...

Continue reading…

Saint Corey

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

I’ll never forget an exchange I had many years ago with a Home Depot employee who helped me find some heavy copper wire for a sculpture I was making.  After coiling up the wire and handing it to me I looked at him and said, “You are the man!”  He smiled and said...

Continue reading…

Unity

Posted by The Rev'd Matthew Hanisian on

“O God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior,the Prince of Peace: Give us grace seriously to lay to heart thegreat dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions; take awayall hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder usfrom godly union and concord; that, as there is...

Continue reading…

Happy House Plants

Posted by Charles Porter on

My spiritual practice, such as it is, includes my reading an eclectic collection of daily email meditations, quotes, and reflections from different religions, cultures, and sources. A couple of days ago, I found this in my inbox: “Never go to a doctor whose office plants have...

Continue reading…

A Sabbath Reflection

Posted by Ron Hicks on

Do you ever wonder about the Commandments; how they came to be?  Why are you supposed to keep holy the Sabbath day? What does that even mean? Why was the punishment – being stoned to death – so extreme? That commandment is to me an example of early economic regulation. ...

Continue reading…

Langston Hughes on MLK Day

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

Harlem       What happens to a dream deferred?       Does it dry up       like a raisin in the sun?       Or fester like a sore—       And...

Continue reading…

Shout

Posted by The Rev'd Matthew Hanisian on

“Happy are the people who know the festal shout! *they walk, O Lord, in the light of your presence.” Psalm 89:15   Sometimes I fear that I do not know and cannot hear the “festal shout.”  And sometimes I feel as if I am stumbling around in the dark, far from...

Continue reading…

A Final Cup of Good News

Posted by Sonya Sutton on

This will be the last Daily Cup that I write.  The former Rector of St. Alban’s, Scott Benhase, came up with the idea in 2008 and I have been grateful every since to have a weekly obligation to express thoughts that more often lay in my heart in musical notation, rather than...

Continue reading…

Previous12