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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 - Choices

Choices

Posted by Jo Turner on with 2 Comments

“Choose this day whom you will serve ... but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

                                                                                                          Joshua 24:15 

This past Sunday was difficult. With many of us in a maelstrom of emotions after the election, we came to our usual place of peace and solace. Only this Sunday was heavy with goodbyes for our rector of the past five years, Deborah Meister. In a roll call of feelings, there is no doubt that hands would raise for some combination of grief, confusion, acceptance, anger, doubt, numbness, gratitude, complacency, hope, sadness, you name it. Some will wait to decide how they feel,and how the church and the nation might move forward.

I have always loved that verse from Joshua. I would like to think that it speaks the truth “for me and my house.” But maybe not so much right now. I invite you to think about this with me.

I believe I have three “houses,” – my personal self and family, the church, and the societal environment around me – places where my identity is rooted and where I must function. (You may have more or less, and yours may be different.) Within each, there are choices to be made.

Looking within, I have chosen to serve the small gods of irritation, eroding futility, and sadness-wallowing. I doubt that I’m the only one. It’s easy to get so very comfortable in the mud pit, to ignore the hands who are reaching out to us, to close our eyes to a God who makes all things new.

From the Book of Common Prayer, “For Quiet Confidence”

“O God of Peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.”

This sounds like a better choice: Being still. Opening to grace. Being grateful.

Here at St. Alban’s, have we been seduced by whispers of “wait and see”? Yes, we are grieving losses and are exhausted from the many changes in our church house. Perhaps some of us don’t want to wholly commit to St. Alban’s, still nursing a hurt. But if we wait and see, whatever we wait for will remain unseen. A better choice, as our kids sing in Children’s Church:

“I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together!”

I’m going to make sure that my pledge was received and is a stretch of faith. Is yours? Together, we must choose to create a generative future for this place we love. It’s up to us.

This nation cries out to be served lovingly, and yet I get white knuckles from tightly holding on to self-righteous indignation. It’s been easier to be judgmental than generous. But we can choose to listen to other points of view. We can respect tried and true processes. We can also choose to be bold in serving justice and compassion for the least, the lost, and the marginalized in very concrete ways. As we say each Sunday after the Eucharist:

"Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart;
through Christ our Lord. Amen." 

In all the houses of our lives, we can gladly open the doors to new and better choices, as challenging as it may seem. Let’s serve the Lord by witnessing to the one true hope, with confidence that nothing separates us from the love of God.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are … ”

J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Comments

Kristie Hassett November 16, 2016 9:37am

Thanks, Jo, for bringing pledging into your meditation. Without everyone pledging, there's really no point in a "wait and see" tactic, because St. Alban's will be unable to move forward at all.

Wendy Manley November 16, 2016 11:53am

I really appreciate yours wise words that support me in my not easy choice to keep my eyes upon Jesus.
I have chosen to pray the Blessing from Numbers (The Lord bless you and keep you...)
and the prayer of loving kindness from the Buddhist tradition for all those elected last week. I feel both vulnerable to the potential hurt out there and at peace as I let go of negative thoughts and feelings.

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