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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 - For Sisters In Faith

For Sisters In Faith

Posted by Jo Turner on with 8 Comments

Forty-three years ago as of last weekend, the “Philadelphia Eleven” were ordained as the first women priests in the Episcopal Church. It had been a long, emotionally fraught climb. Church officials labeled this ordination “irregular” since it occurred before ordination canons were changed to apply to both men and women. The next year, four more were ordained in D.C. The year after that, the 1976 General Convention finally opened the priesthood to women and recognized the 15 irregulars. Some male clergy expressed that these passionate deacon-irregulars should have been more patient, since most believed the approval would happen in the next few years anyway. 

I’ve been thinking about this. I’d forgotten about the qualifier to the ordination, the “irregular” part. At factory outlets, one can buy merchandise that has flaws, marked irregular, quite cheaply. The word also smacks of being other than normal and accepted; implying that there’s us—okay—and them—not okay. We’ve been getting a small taste of what that must be like in recent national discussions about individuals who are transgender. 

I am not implying that, 43 years ago, these priests felt like transgender people feel today… just that it must be beyond miserable to feel so incongruent with what people expect or demand you to be. I have trouble seeing a role for patience. Because: God has not created factory seconds among God’s people, not a soul less than beloved and worthy of honor and respect. God’s will is that we can be on the outside who we believe we are on the inside, whether that has to do with gender or life’s vocational passion. We are all beloved. 

I’ve also been remembering that, as an adolescent, when someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was “a minister’s wife.” That’s pretty embarrassing to say in this day and age, but at that time, it was not possible for a woman to wear a collar, and being married to a collared person seemed as close as I could get. I knew I wanted to serve God in a community setting. I struggled with that much of my life, and eventually found a path that led me to my vocation in hospice and my role today at St. Alban’s. The ones that helped me find that path were the followers of the irregulars.

So today I give thanks for the extraordinary faithful women who have graced St. Alban’s over the years, who have borne witness to God’s radical, inclusive invitation to serve, to be regular. Bless you, Revs. Vienna, Marge, Caroline, Carlyle, Margot, Erin, Carol, Deborah, and Emily. And you, Bishops Barbara, Katherine, and Marianne. And anyone I’ve forgotten. You have lifted me and countless others to be accepted and empowered, as God has in mind for each of us. We’ve come a long way (baby,) and now must take that learning into the world.


Cay Hartley August 2, 2017 4:00pm

Hi Jo. This is really lovely. I think you could have put a couple of others...dear Jane and some really good women who were seminarians and deacons. Love you....happy post Birthday!

Anonymous August 2, 2017 5:13pm

Bishop Jane Dixon for sure.

Anonymous August 2, 2017 5:13pm

Bishop Jane Dixon for sure.

Anonymous August 2, 2017 5:13pm

Bishop Jane Dixon for sure.

Anonymous August 2, 2017 5:13pm

Bishop Jane Dixon for sure.

Anonymous August 2, 2017 5:13pm

Bishop Jane Dixon for sure.

Anonymous August 2, 2017 5:13pm

Bishop Jane Dixon for sure.

Anonymous August 2, 2017 5:15pm

Sorry, don't know what happened there.