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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 - High Church

High Church

Posted by Ron Hicks on

The reflections I shared with you last week on the vast, complex social structures and enterprises that undergird our ability to actually live a life largely free from fear of crime, invasion, and starvation had a concluding reflection that I didn’t mention.  Hot on the heels of my considering the relationship of our fleet of nuclear submarines and bombers to my ability to walk the streets in safety came the question — how does what I am doing now – and how does the institution that I now serve – the Church – fit into that picture.  At times in my life I have been a cog in that machinery, 32 years engaged in either law enforcement or in support of law making.  But it is hard to see that anything I do now is as concretely useful as the work of the guys who daily carry away the trash we put out for pickup.

Note I didn’t say it wasn’t there, but that it is hard to see.  It is hard to see because it is invisible.  The essential – the quintessential – the unique calling of the church is in the realm of thought – of ideas.  Look around you.  Unless you are in the midst of an untouched part of the Amazon jungle everything around you, without exception, existed as an idea before it existed as a thing or a process.  What makes a thing or a process good or evil begins with the ideas from which it is formed.  The role of the church is the role of the old testament prophets, which is to prophesy – not meaning to predict the future except to the extent that predicting the future simple means pointing out the inevitable outcomes from courses of action – to pronounce judgment on ideas as good or evil.  Jesus is in that tradition, but he radically transformed it from one that saw God as judgmental and wrathful to God as generous, loving and forgiving, caring even for the birds of the air. He upended the rules of human behavior from a stress on strict adherence to thousands of rules regulating every detail of daily living to a stress on treating others as you would want to be treated and forgiving others of their faults as much as you would want to be forgiven.

That is, I think, the meaning of the words in the creed “he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.”  The church is that second coming, born on Pentecost, and judges now, not at some future apocalyptic time when Jesus comes back with a sword to slay people – what a grotesque thought – but as the prophetic voice in the world now, every day, and in every generation.

Admittedly what makes it even harder to see, is the contradictory nature of the statements that are made by so many who claim to be expressing God’s will.  I don’t mean just the many self-appointed preachers who so often proclaim a wrathful, punishing God, but also the division within long established religious traditions, whose pronouncements about things as good or evil couldn’t be more diametrically opposite.

Yes, the Church engages in tangible acts, like distributing food, clothing and other essential items to the poor, but if it never gave out another slice of bread, it has that higher calling, to be the constant voice of ideas countering the endless stream of satanic ideas that seem to never stop springing forth in glittering and enticing form, like “greed is good.”  It is recognition and acceptance of that high calling to make a just and peaceful world that makes a person “High Church,” a term wrongly associated with but actually having nothing to do with an affinity for formal liturgy.  The liturgy is only a means to an end, to continually recreate, inspire and strengthen us – by hearing the scripture lessons and praying the prayers – to “carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world” (BCP pg 855).

I closed the loop on that reflection on my way home from Richmond three weeks ago by still finding meaning in my current supporting role as the verger and property manager at one small corner of the whole church – a role aptly characterized by Larry Keller, one of the former Assistant Vergers at the Washington Cathedral, as “the butler in the house of God.” I’ve come to understand what Larry meant from the character Mr. Carson on the TV series “Downton Abbey.”

“O God of unchangeable power and eternal light; look favorably on your whole church, that wonderful and sacred mystery…”

Ron Hicks, Parish Verger, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC, 7-July-2015.

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