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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.

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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 - Grace from Within and Without

Grace from Within and Without

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on with 4 Comments

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post about the fact that the old "I'm spiritual but not religious" argument is moot simply because there is no such thing as being spiritual and not religious and that people who say so are actually neither.  It's not my intention to rehash that argument but this week a colleague offered an explanation (he learned it from a writer named Diana Butler Bass) that made some sense of this tired and semantically problematic phraseology.  

Bass' explanation of the difference between being spiritual versus religious has its basis in issues related to authority.  These are my words based on my colleague's based on Bass' so take this for what it's worth:   People who say that they are "spiritual" tend to rely on an authority from within (a personal creed) and people who say that they are religious tend to rely on an authority from without (a cultic creed).  For Christians the authority from without - the authority we aspire to obey (and as such embody) - is revealed outside of ourselves and within the Holy Scriptures, in Creeds (as in the Nicene), and in the doctrine (official teachings) of the church.  For the spiritual it's just the opposite - the authority they aspire to obey comes from within themselves and the praxis or rule of life that they live by is one that they write themselves.    

At church today we read the parable of the Good Samaritan attributed to Jesus (Luke 10.25-37).  Apparently the debate between the religious and the spiritual isn't old. In Jesus' parable a priest and a Levite (both religious and by virtue those whose authority comes from without) ritually avoid a man left for dead on the road to Jericho. A Samaritan (non-religious by Hebraic standards and by virtue one whose authority comes from within) cares for a man left for dead.  The parable ends with Jesus asking a question:  Who did the right thing?

Let us Pray:

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may receive the grace and power to accomplish them, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen.

Happy Monday,

Jim+

Comments

Carlyle Gill July 11, 2016 11:09am

Hi Jim, I rarely comment on cups but read yours this am and agree that the spiritual but not religious is bogus but I disagree with DBBass. They are the same because true spirituality, I think, is internalized authority -as in authorship. For example, I heard the gospel (good news) from scripture (authority) but it changed my life, my practice and spirituality. I also believe that liturgy (aka authority) also molds us, shapes us and gives us a spirituality.....like water wearing on the rock. Hope this makes sense. Cheers, Carlyle

James Tate July 11, 2016 12:52pm

Thanks, Carlyle- Jim Q and I have also discussed this set of issues with each other. You and I are in agreement that true spirituality is an internalized authority. I believe that I (one) obtain(s) authritative input at least in part from trusted mentors and examples. But I have to say I find it hard to internalize authority from persons who lie, steal, and cheat to get their own way. This is especially true when they commit the logical error of "arguing from authority." This applies when I hear someone infer that their vows and employment makes them the authority. So, bottom line: internalized authority cannot include teachings from a person who inappropriately assumes a mantle of unquestionable authority. BTW, that does not mean that I "hate" or "despise" the person, only that I will seek more reliable sources for authority to internalize. -TATE

James Tate July 11, 2016 1:00pm

Yup, spell check changes correct spellings, and fails to correct incorrect spellings- sometimes. I meant authoritative, not authritative. "I think, therefore Siam.

Jim Quigley July 11, 2016 1:25pm

Hi Carlyle,

I agree with you. Before posting the blog I edited it (it was too long) and the part that I took out was a section on how the Apostle Paul exemplifies the transition of a law - authority - from without becoming a new law within him. The new law that lives in him is Christ but is internalized just the same. Paul writes so eloquently about that in so many places, as does Jesus - "the Kingdom of God is within you..." Jim

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