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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

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 9 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. 

 

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

Visiting a church for the first time can be a bit daunting. So we have tried to put together the answers to some of the questions you’re likely to have and to ensure that you find a warm welcome here. Click on the questions to learn more.)

How do you worship?

What time are services on Sunday morning?

How long do services last?

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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: This Fall, Children's Chapel meets during the first half of the 9:00 a.m. service in Nourse Hall (a spacious parish hall in the same building as the main worship space.) Kids and families join "big church" at the Peace so everyone can receive Communion together. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

Education: We've resumed our formation programs for the 2022-2023 period. Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Sunday School and Youth Group Classes are from 10:15 to 11:05 a.m.
  • Nursery, 2s & 3s, PreK to 1st Grade, 2nd to 3rd Grade, and 4th to 6th Grade all meet upstairs in Satterlee Hall. Youth classes meet downstairs in Satterlee Hall.
  • If you haven’t registered your child or teen yet, it’s not too late. Register in person at the start of class or click here

Questions? For children, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin at . For youth, contact the Rev’d Yoimel González Hernández at .

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 - Graceland

Graceland

Posted by Sonya Sutton on

We went to Graceland a few weeks ago. Thirty-three singers, together with 21 friends and family, left on July 13 for France to spend ten days singing and worshiping and building bonds of community. I don’t think any of us knew that Graceland could be found in France, but our chaplain, The Right Rev. Eugene Sutton, reminded us on the first day that people make pilgrimage for all kinds of reasons to all kinds of places. Santiago de Compostela…Mecca…Temple Mount…Canterbury…Disneyland…Graceland…

Paul Simon’s 1985 song “Graceland” became the unlikely theme song of our time in France. A song ostensibly about the home of Elvis Presley holds layers of meaning about cultural divisions, personal loss, and forgiveness. The song’s refrain tells us that we’ll all be received in Graceland, and so it was for 54 pilgrims from Washington, D.C. in a western European nation where Christianity once flourished and where Christian sites now provide a substantial draw for tourists. We were received in the Graceland of France, bringing our questions, fears, and troubles with us, and embraced by the sounds and nourishment of a foreign land.

Make no mistake, croissants played a major role in this pilgrimage. Maybe as much as the sacred spaces where we sang. They were each nourishing in their own way and in return the music sung by the choir nourished the sacred spaces where tourists flocked. I know this from my own experience at Sacre Coeur in Paris, atop Montmartre. We didn’t sing there, but were shepherded through the building as tourists. And it was just a building to me, until the organist began an extended improvisatory prelude to a noon mass. Suddenly the building came alive and generations of prayers poured out of the walls. I believe that many people had the same experience when St. Albans’ choir sang at the parish church on Mont-St-Michel, and in the cathedrals of Rouen and Bayeux. It certainly happened when we held a service at the American Cemetery in Normandy and suddenly a crowd appeared around us and we all knew through our prayers and music that the lives lost in Normandy in 1944 were blessings to those who gathered around the graves on a cloudy July day in 2015.

Whether singing for tourists, or for wonderful audiences made up largely of local residents, as we did in Chartres and at the Church of the Madeleine in Paris, this group from St. Alban’s in Washington, D.C. spread a message of devotion to God, of music’s power to elicit prayer even from stone, and of the fraternité that is possible between two nations.

We experienced some of the hardships that are inherent in any pilgrimage – crowds, grumpiness, injured souls and bodies – but the lasting memory will be of a grace-filled land. Graceland.

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You can easily find Paul Simon singing his “Graceland” on YouTube, so I leave you with something else from our trip. A piece written for us to sing in Normandy by David Caleb:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKZzBPpccxs

PS     Join us for the Adult Forum on August 30 following the 10:00 am service when several of those who went to France will share stories, photos and music from the pilgrimage

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