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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

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.)

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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 - Doing Good

Doing Good

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

It’s not as simple as it seems – this business of doing good. Most of us want to leave the world better for our presence. We want to be part of the triumph of good over evil, of love over death. We want to offer the poor more than our good intentions and spare change.

That’s why some of us stay part of the church even when we might otherwise head for the hills. We suspect that we can do more good following Jesus together than apart. The impact of our lives shouldn’t be limited to our own paltry imaginations and pocketbooks, should it? We hope that our efforts toward making a world Jesus would be proud of are magnified by joining forces and that we make a bigger difference together.

I find myself deeply appreciating our collective strength these days. We’ve had more than the usual number of folks come to the parish seeking assistance lately – or at least it feels that way. For some, it’s as simple as a need for new clothes  – a need that isn’t so simple when you have no money to buy them or to wash them once they’re yours. For others, the need is for rent or transportation or food. Sometimes, thanks to our Water into Wine baskets and Opportunity Shop, we’re able to meet the need in some tangible way. Once in a while we can do more.

Too many times though, the best we can do is listen with kindness, pray if welcomed, and offer a referral (many times to one of the local agencies we support in other ways.) That rarely feels like enough to me. It might meet the standard of doing no harm, but that’s not the same as doing good, is it? Doing good should feel better than that, right?

When Peter was asked to explain who Jesus was to a roomful of Gentiles, here’s how he began: “He went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). Sometimes we get so caught up in the more extraordinary aspects of Jesus’ life – the miracles, the physical healings, the whole death and resurrection thing – we forget that there are behaviors we can actually imitate. We too can do good without falling into the “do gooder” traps of naïve intervention and knee jerk guilt. But what might that look like?

Well, like Jesus, we can actually see people who are otherwise ignored and honor their bravery in asking for help. We can engage in authentic conversation and listen without judgment. We can feed bodies and souls, and sometimes we can help to heal them. And yes of course, like Jesus, we can ask the bigger questions about why people are hungry and homeless to begin with and not be satisfied with small answers that ask nothing of us. As an old boss of mine at Catholic Charities used to say, we can help to pull people out of the river and challenge the systems that helped to push them in.

Personally, I take comfort in the fact that Jesus struggled with some of the same challenges we face. Why else would he keep going to the deserted places, if not to get some relief from the overwhelming need? Once he let folks know he was “open for business,” the parade of need never stopped. His response was not to shoulder everything on his own or simply get paralyzed by the need and stop; no, he gathered a group of imperfect followers with their own sets of gifts and resources and sent them out to share the work. We’re here because we somehow heard that call and chose to follow.

The good news - the effects of our efforts aren’t measured by our feelings or whatever time frame we set for ourselves. Our attempts to add good to the world, to share love and bring hope in Jesus’ name – they ripple out far beyond our imagining – and yes, they are magnified when we join forces. May we have the grace today to see some of the fruits of our labors and trust that we do make a bigger difference together.

Peace,

Emily+

 

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