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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

Starting May 29, 2022, through Labor Day Weekend, our schedule changes for your convenience. We hope to see you during the summer, whether in our in-person services or via Livestream.

Weekly In-person Sunday Service Schedule:

8:00 a.m. (English) in the Church
10:00 a.m. (English) in the Church
11:15 a.m. (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. 

Weekly Live Sunday Services are live-streamed on our Youtube channel (St. Alban's DC) at 10 a.m. every Sunday, as is our Spanish service at 11:15 a.m. 

Evening Prayer Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom, join us for a time of reflection and sharing at the close of your busy day. Contact Paul Brewster at    for the link. 



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

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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 - Found in Translation

Found in Translation

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on with 3 Comments

On Sunday I will celebrate the Eucharist in Spanish for the first time with our San Albano congregation. On one level, this isn’t so scary. While I’m not fluent by any means, I’ve been studying Spanish on my own for the last couple of years. I practice a little every day; I took classes in Guatemala last summer.

At least I know the gestures and rhythms of our liturgy by heart – what’s supposed to happen when and by whom. And the community itself couldn’t be more gracious and inviting. There are more than a few bilingual folks there to rescue me when I get stuck. So why does it still feel like I’m flying without a net?

Perhaps it’s because I’m supposed to be the expert in the room – at least on the language of worship. I’m usually the one doing the translating, helping folks understand the meanings of words that are increasingly only used in church. Words like praise, redemption, resurrection, even blessing are specialized language at this point. They don’t show up in beginner or even intermediate Spanish texts; I don’t hear them on the radio or Telemundo.  Where else would I hear them but in church?

If that’s the case for me as I’m learning Spanish, imagine how it is for many of the people just entering our doors – those who may or may not have grown up in any church, much less our jargon-heavy branch of the Christian family tree.

It may be that religious language is learned just as any new language is learned. We learn it by practicing it, by being in conversation with folks who are more fluent than we are – who can stretch our vocabulary beyond what phone apps and computer programs are likely to teach us. We learn by reading body language and tone of voice. We learn by hearing the words in context and repeating them over and over again. We may be more comfortable listening and reading at first – receiving information rather than expressing it. It may take a while before we have the courage to speak in our own words.

Fortunately, religious language is far more than words. It’s revealed in our colors and objects and architecture. It’s known through gesture – when we sit and stand and kneel, how we move to and from the altar, what we do with our hands. It’s communicated in the rhythms and movements of our songs. It’s found even in our silences – all those places where we stop and go off script because words will only take us so far when it comes to knowing God.

Perhaps above all, it’s embodied in those who use it. We learn what praise means by experiencing it; we learn what blessing means by those who extend it to us. And if that’s the case, then I’m in very good hands with our San Albano community. I’ll reach out to them with my whole self, including my broken Spanish. They’ll reach back with patience and grace, and somehow, God will be made known to all of us once again in the words and gestures and songs, in the prayers and the silence, and in the breaking of the bread.

Guess I’m not flying without a net after all.




Sue Ellen Ruetsch May 12, 2017 8:05pm

On Mothers' Day, you are making your mom very proud. May God anoint you and bless you ♡

Twyla Fultz-Atwood May 12, 2017 8:14pm

Your words today were necessary - thank you for inspiring me...

Mary Davoli May 13, 2017 8:34pm

Emily may God guide your through this as you are sharing His message and his Love. God Bless you ❤️