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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

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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 - Good News

Good News

Posted by Jo Turner on with 4 Comments

Good News

St. Alban’s blog is characterized as “the daily cup of good news from the St. Alban’s café.” It is sort of our spiritual Starbucks—a place we visit in the company of likewise needy people to help us get through the day.

And we are in desperate need of some good news. I don’t need to reiterate all the bad news that has been smothering our spirit, and some individual turmoil may be adding to our collective sadness and confusion. At times, I’ve wished that Mr. Rogers would appear on my doorstep to gently reassure me, to help me find some joy.

Six weeks ago, in an ICU bed and pretty scared, I was bombarded with a cacophony of buzzers, beeps and alarms, with the occasional crying-out from other very sick patients. Many of us are familiar with those noises that often portend a crisis. It was a hard environment in which to feel calm or the slightest bit hopeful.

After a couple days, I became aware of a different, sporadic sound, almost like chimes and definitely not very ICU-ish. So I asked my nurse, who smiled and said, “It means that a baby was just born in the hospital.”

I cried in gratitude that God’s amazing creation goes on, that new life happens, that joy was blossoming not far from where we sick people lay, and good news can be so nearby. Every time I heard that sound, I gave prayerful thanks (and cried again). It was just a sound—such a little thing—but for me it was tidings of joy and a reminder that sharing good news is what I can do, too.

Fact: You and I are pregnant with joy in a world of pain and sorrow. Jesus, in his final discourse on loving, tells us he loves us “so that my joy may be in you, and your joy complete.” We’ve been given what we need, and we must share it. And if we can’t feel it at times, then we put ourselves in a place where we can catch it from someone else. Like church.

The wise Anne Lamott writes of these sad times: “We must respond with a show of force, equal to the violence and tragedies, with love force. Mercy force. Un-negotiated compassion force. Crazy caregiving.”

Let’s let loose the good news within us. It may just be the sound of your voice, much like that hospital chime, that lifts another’s heart. An embrace. Dropping by with tea. “I’ve missed you, let’s go out for a beer.” It could be a long-delayed forgiveness or a radical act of caring. But it’s all good news in a sorry world, so let’s share more than a cup of it. Right now.

Comments

Kristie Hassett July 19, 2016 8:56am

Amen!

Jim Tate July 19, 2016 10:32am

Not so long ago, I was in the same situation that you describe. I was hospitalized with all of the crisis management and chaos around me that brings.

One Sunday morning, I was surprised to hear choir music coming from the room next door. Turns out the choir from a SE Washington church was singing for one of their parishioners who was suffering. My daughter-in-law happened to be visiting me in the hospital that day with her musical instrument of choice, a harp. I suspect the resulting angelic voice and harp concert might have caused some consternation for other patients. But the 93 year old next door to me, and I certainly enjoyed the cooperative and impromptu concert. I wish some of you from St. Alban's could have been there to hear it.

Cay Hartley July 19, 2016 12:27pm

Wonderful post, Jo. We can definitely use some good news.

Susan Muncey July 19, 2016 2:52pm

You write so beautifully Jo! Thank you for your inspirational words!

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