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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 - Children’s Chapel: An Ode to Joy and Oh the Magic!

Children’s Chapel: An Ode to Joy and Oh the Magic!

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; I will be their God and they shall be my people… Jeremiah 31.33

IMG_1865On Valentines day, which was also the first Sunday of Lent this year (a convergence I happened to think was quite lovely…  as if the faithful were being asked on the first Sunday of Lent to be God’s valentine), during the passing of the peace at our 11:15 service, Jo-Dacia – a very young parishioner, handed me a little heart she had made.

Yesterday, on the Second Sunday of Lent, I was the preacher for children’s chapel and I decided that I’d pass on the lovely gift I had received the week before.

IMG_2052Since the Stations of the Cross are hanging in Nourse Hall (where our Children’s Chapel takes place), at story time we gathered in a corner under the second station, an image of Jesus “bearing his own cross.”  We talked together about how the image was born; how it evolved from a rather literal depiction of Jesus with a crossbeam strapped to his back, to the one it became – an image of Jesus carrying a human being.  At one point I picked up a child and we mimicked the action taking place in the painting and then we talked about how each and every day, whether we know it or not, we are being carried by the love of God in Christ Jesus.  IMG_2055

With the story in place I sat on the floor and took off my shoes and showed the children what would remain under my feet that day and what I’d find hidden in them when I took off my shoes that night before bedtime prayers: a reminder – just in case I had forgotten (as we often do) – that the love of God had carried me all day long.  Then we passed out hearts to one and all – young and old – and we all put those heartfelt reminders in our shoes.

When story time was over we made our way into “big church” so the children and parents could witness the Rite 13 graduation ceremony (lovely!).  A little later, as they do every Sunday at the 9:15 service, a few of our children carried their oblations to the altar. Libby led the procession, carrying the small wooden Children’s Chapel Cross.  But here’s the thing: Libby is two years old. The Children’s Chapel Cross is small, but not to Libby.  So two older children flanked her, each with a hand on that cross, helping Libby carry it.  And under their feet… those little red hearts…  Godly valentines.  Oh if I had a camera at the ready!

On March 2 we will inaugurate First Wednesdays at St. Alban’s Church.  First Wednesdays is a new program for us, one that in large part has been inspired two things: by the spirit and joy that pervades Children’s Chapel at St. Alban’s and the fact that if the primary icon for the New Testament weren’t the Cross of Christ it would be an image of Jesus at table with his friends.

First Wednesdays is an all – ages opportunity for but one thing – being together as a parish family.  We will gather on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:15 – 7:15 to share a meal, free of cost, and each evening will be sponsored by a ministry of the parish. Our first sponsor is The Children’s Chapel Community.  Mark your calendars and join us. Bring friends.  Come and share the magic of walking together as a community bound by the love of God, with hearts under our feet!

Happy Monday,

Jim+

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