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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.)

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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 - Holy of Holies

Holy of Holies

Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on with 1 Comments

Yesterday morning, I had the privilege of being part of something extraordinary: the quiet conclusion of a ministry that has endured for forty years. You see, forty years ago, a man named Loren Mead came to our parish. He was priest, but most of his work took place outside the walls of our church, or of any church. Instead, he felt called to help churches become better, and so he started to study that kind of thing, which no one else was doing, and he planted what became the pre-eminent think tank for churches in the second half of the twentieth century. He traveled and lectured; he wrote books; he researched and thought and wrote again. But through it all, he came to our parish on Tuesday mornings for Communion, and when the priest who had started that early service retired, Loren took over as its regular priest.

Yesterday, twenty of us gathered in the choir stalls of the church for Communion. That does not sound like a big deal, but it was holy ground. There was so much love in that room that, at times, I wanted to take off my shoes like Moses. People told stories: stories of how Loren had changed them or the church ; stories of how they had changed one another. Loren shared how he had changed his mind and come to support women's ordination: "The church changed me," he said.

In front of the altar, there was a small table: on it were offerings, the offerings of the life and labor of that worshipping community. Several books of homilies, written by the laypeople who preached most Tuesdays, year in and year out. Some rosemary, for remembrance. Poems. A beautiful watercolor of a dandelion, painted by one of  the women, who thought it would be good to have an image of new life. Further away, there was another heap of books in a fan: Loren's own work, laid at the feet of the lectern from which people read to the church.

We gathered and we prayed and we broke bread, this extraordinary community of the faithful: a professor, a painter, a couple priests, a man who'd struggled for years to stay out of jail. Looking at their faces, I realized this was The Real Thing. This was what church is all about: a community of people who had come together over long years, who had encouraged one another and held one another's pain and struggled with one another and forgiven one another so often, for so long, that they had become a new thing. A real community, woven together at the heart, gathered around bread and wine.

It takes time for those bonds to form. It takes a kind of fidelity, what Parker Palmer calls "a long obedience in the same direction." Years of early alarm-clocks, stumbling in the dark, not sure why you are heaving out of bed at all. Weeks and months of going through the motions, just hoping they will mean something again. Showing up for one another even when you cannot show up for God. But what came out of it was a surge of creativity: each person, in their own language, giving birth to beauty. Each person, through the gift of their being, giving birth to the others, one early morning at a time.



Tags: christianity, church, creativity, fidelity, loren mead, interwoven

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Connie Boland November 2, 2016 1:12pm

Thank you, Deborah, for capturing the love and faith of this Tuesday Morning group in your Holy of Holies. Connie

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