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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.




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, 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 - Facing Up

Facing Up

Posted by Jo Turner on with 1 Comments

Late summer, 1965: a 20-year-old me stood on a street corner during the Cheyenne (WY) Frontier Days parade. I wore moccasins and a brown beaded shift, my long hair was parted and pulled back in braids, and I took occasional puffs on a cigar. On my face and hands, tan makeup.


Many of us are appalled by recently revealed pictures of elected leaders in blackface. I spent much of my adult life in Virginia, and I hate that this drags the commonwealth back to its deeply racist history. Yes, these men were young; yes, they grew up in a culture where such acting out was not abhorrent. . . but they were smart, better than that, and should have known. I’ve been sad and indignant.  And then I remembered 1965.

I had just arrived in Denver from D.C. Like most others my age, I grew up watching cowboys and Indians on tv, so Frontier Days, Wyoming’s annual celebration of all things wild west, seemed worth a short drive north. Rodeos, barbecues, concerts, real handsome cowboys with their handsome horses!  I thought I should get in the spirit of the week-long party, so I decked myself out as a stereotypical squaw.

I don’t recall a lot about those days, but I clearly remember the tall American Indian standing about five feet away. He kept looking at me. I soon noticed that there were many like him in town, those I much later understood were Oglala Sioux from the storied Pine Ridge Reservation, location of the Wounded Knee massacre. Yet I chuckled to myself that here I was, fixed up like an Indian, with real Indians all around me. And that man just watched me.

Here’s my confession: I have not connected that day with racism until now, 53 years later. I had forgotten it. Yes, I was just 20 and thought of myself as a nice Christian girl; yes, this was another time and place. I’m sure (?) I would’ve drawn the line at blackface, but I had yet to learn the many faces, the many shades of racism. 

It’s easy to characterize a racist as one whose dislike-or-more of another ethnic group is deeply rooted in mind and soul. That’s not me, I cannot confess to that. But the scope of racial insensitivity is broad; it occurs when we do not learn, do not ask, do not wonder what it’s like to live in others’ skins and feel their story. It occurs when we live in perceived privilege and have no concept of the privilege and pain of the other. It is living, as I was that day and probably others, in some degree of spiritual mindlessness. Racial insensitivity is dangerous, in all its manifestations. It is the breeding ground for overt acts of racism.

I ask forgiveness from the great Sioux spirits for my ignorance and disrespect.  I ask forgiveness from my God for dishonoring his children who, God knows, had already endured the unimaginable from white faces like mine. I’m surely not alone in having been racially insensitive during a lifetime—you may have your own failings, too—so I’m grateful that St. Alban’s focused its forum hour on this issue.

I hope that increased understanding will deepen our commitment to the charges of our baptismal covenant:
“Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? 
“Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?”

With renewed vigor, we can answer: “I will, with God’s help.”

[To readers of Faith Talk – I took a lengthy break from this blog after my retirement from the church staff. My intent now is to post every few weeks. Thank you for encouraging me to do so.]


Adrienne November 15, 2021 8:57pm

Thanks JO
-this is painful for me, and brave of you.