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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.

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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 - Doers of the Word

Doers of the Word

Posted by Jo Turner on with 6 Comments

“Be doers of the word, not merely hearers …”

                                                             James 1:22

My husband recently returned from a week in rural West Virginia, where he was one of St. Alban’s Appalachia Service Project (ASP) volunteers. ASP is a Christian service ministry that provides volunteers for badly needed home repairs. As a builder or handyman, Rich is an excellent tenor. I can tell you he was a little nervous before he left: “I didn’t even take shop in school!” Now he won’t stop talking about his ASP experience and can’t wait to go again next year.

Like so many of us, my husband lives in his head. His work as a professor and researcher, as well as much of what he does at St. Alban’s, is invisible to most and sometimes even to him. So when he finally found a place where there was a cell phone signal (the Dairy Queen) and called home, I heard a very excited man talking about correcting roof angles and joists and the benefit of using screws rather than nails and pouring concrete and… Who is this person?

But more important, he was and is still so moved by his new friends, including the owner of the house his team was repairing—the retired coal miner with debilitating lung disease who always had coffee ready for them, who said he wasn’t a good reader but had read the whole Bible, and who was full of gratitude, talking openly about the movement of the Holy Spirit in his life. This household seemed like one of many that probably had to choose between food or medicine and fixing the house.

Rich and our other ASP volunteers can tell you of the deep joy that comes from the hands-on work of service, done in the name of a loving God, that can change lives. They would probably tell you that their own lives are among those that have been changed. This is what we’re about at St. Alban’s, isn’t it? We love our worship services, the music, the sermons, and the experience of praying together. We gather in groups to support each other spiritually and grow in faith. We certainly like to learn, our Christian formation offerings are always popular. But all this enrichment and spiritual growth must take us somewhere that is not about us. James 1 goes on to say “…if any are hearers of the Word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror…”

We are not mirror-gazers here. We live in dark and troubled times; as Christians, we are called to act, to bear witness to the light of God’s love and turn it up, as bright as we can. There are countless ways to be doers of the Word through St. Alban’s, too numerous to detail here. If you are looking for a new path, St. Alban’s website www.stalbansdc.org is a good place to start; look under Outreach and Community. The Sunday Yellow Pages frequently lists new opportunities.

For now, God bless our ASP missioners, Doers of the Word: Clara Bartram, Edward Bartram, Calvin Burns, Cecilia Butcher, Matthew Cunningham, Katie Farr, Marcy Fisher, Declan Fitzgerald, Emma Hazard, Rich Jensen, Joe Mclean, Woodfen McLean, Colleen Morrison, Emma Morrison, Deborah Potter, Kendall Price, Joe Price, Stephen Shaffran, Elizabeth Shillman, Kathryn Shillman, Evelyn Smyth, Rich Turner, and Bob Witten.

 

 

Comments

Catherine Hartley July 12, 2016 10:49am

Especially during these troubled times, it is so important to be do-ers not just pray-ers. Really wonderful to read your words, Jo.

Kiki McLean July 12, 2016 7:42pm

Wonderful counsel for us all, Jo. Thank you.

Tricia July 12, 2016 8:42pm

Love hearing your wisdom, perspective and love. Thank you, Jo!

Declan Fitzgerald July 12, 2016 11:41pm

Through laboring and learning beside him last year, and having conversations in passing this year, im confident in saying that Rich is a well loved and respected elder in our journey at ASP. In the short weeks that I've known him, he has revealed himself as one of the people who brightens the lives of all he crosses paths with.

Bob Sellery July 13, 2016 11:28am

Outstanding story from the Turners. ASP reminds me of our oldest daughter going to KY two years in her junior and senior high school days, 1981 and 1982. The story also took me back to another saying, "To know and not to do is not to know,” credited to Chinese philosopher Wang Yangming (1472-1529). Probably not as good as the James reading, but it is another point of view, about which, other points of view, others have commented earlier.

Rich Turner July 13, 2016 2:34pm

Declan's comment is wonderful, and I truly wish it was about me, but since I wasn't on the ASP last year, I am betting he means Rich Jensen, who fits his description and deserves the praise much more than I do.

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