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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, 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: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service. Starting in September 2021, Children’s Chapel with Communion will be held outdoors on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

Education: All church school classes resume the Sunday after Labor Day with our annual Open House. Instruction starts the following Sunday.

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.

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Faith Talk - Enough

Enough

Posted by Jo Turner on

On a farm visit during my recent vacation, I got to observe a litter of 2-week old piglets and their mom. A few days later and right before I got there, another sow, Pansy, also farrowed a litter. (“Farrow” is my new word for the summer, you may borrow it.) Some other porcine knowledge I gained: newborn piglets nurse as often as every 20 minutes, and for the first couple days, mama pigs eschew nourishing themselves to just lie there and feed the kids.

Since both litters had 11 piglets, I was amazed that the moms were equipped to feed so many at once. My friend Farmer Sam said that breeder sows usually have 12-14 teets, and in God’s economy, the sows don’t have more piglets than they can feed. Pansy’s little squealers piled on top of each other, layered for maximum access, and it worked beautifully. They all got exactly what they needed, nothing more, and it was awesome to see. They had enough.

Which brings me to Sunday’s Gospel lesson. How is that for a segue?

Luke 12 tells the story of a rich man with a great abundance of crops, and having outgrown a place to store it all, didn’t know what to do—such a problem! Should he tear down his barn and build something huge enough to keep his growing bounty? He didn’t seem to be inclined to share. It’s not hard to guess what God had to say about this pre-occupation with abundance.

Unfortunately, this rings true for me and maybe for you, too. Rich and I have actually paid to store stuff we had no room for and probably didn’t need. We have an attic so full, we may be found dead in our bed one day, crushed by the collapsed ceiling above and the fallen boxes of… I don’t remember. I am ashamed every time I throw out refrigerated food that has expired. Sound familiar? As a society, have we lost our grip on the concept of “enough"?  A bigger house? More eating out? What do we all have that could make someone else’s life better? What is enough for you and for me?

There is a song often sung during the Jewish Seder meal, “Dayenu,” which means “it would have been enough.” It has many verses that recount the events of the Passover story. After each verse, everyone sings the dayenu refrain. “If He had brought us out of Egypt, …if He had fed us manna, …If He had given us the Torah,” it would have been enough.

Dayenu means we must not take for granted what we have at this moment, as individuals or in community. Dayenu—enough—suggests that while we juggle the baggage of full lives but still look for more, we’re missing out on the today God has already blessed. We’re missing out on the opportunity for gratitude. Receiving enough is nothing short of a miracle when many only know scarcity.

Pansy and her piglets remind me just how beautiful enough can be. They, and we, have all we need. As I write this, I am becoming 71 years old. I hope that’s not enough, but if it is, wow, and thank you, God.

Dayenu.

 

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