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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

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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How long do services last?

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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 - I Love YouTube

I Love YouTube

Posted by Ron Hicks on

YouTube – I love it!

This is another Cup born out of the confinement during the January blizzard.

I’ve been working with computers since before the first IBM PC, ever since the Customs Service sent me to systems analysis school at Hofstra University in 1968, and I learned that I could “talk to the animals.” My first field of endeavor was programming. I programmed, installed and maintained an accounting system that was used in the offices of 98 Senators. A co-worker on that project wrote the user manual, did all the training, served as my quality control ensuring ease of use and consistency in the user interface, and suggested numerous features. For the past 20 years though I’ve become more involved in workstation and server hardware and in networking and combating viruses. I love the puzzle solving aspect of it.

I’ve been aware of YouTube probably from its beginning but never paid it much attention. Then a few years ago I started using it to test the audio on new computers. My favorite YouTube videos for this were the one of Hollie Steel on “England’s Got Talent,” the Sound of Music flash mob in the Antwerp train station, and Andre Rieu and his orchestra playing the Blue Danube Waltz. Sometime after that I found other uses for YouTube. I discovered and installed a new control device on the boiler at St. Alban’s Church following a YouTube how-to video. And I followed another one in upgrading the disk drive in a late model notebook computer which had to be completely disassembled to get to the drive. (Older models were easy; they had their own access panels to the drive.) I would never have discovered all the disassemble steps on my own.

But the blizzard raised YouTube to yet another level. I was working at my desk at home and somehow the question came to mind – I wonder if Glen Gray’s “No Name Jive” is on YouTube. For years it has been my favorite piece of Big Band music, and it has been impossible to find. I Googled “No Name Jive” and, presto, there it was, in the original, by Glen Gray and The Casaloma Orchestra. But that was just the tip of the iceberg, for queued up to come on right after it were more videos of the other big bands, such as Artie Shaw’s orchestra playing “Begin the Beguine.” Who knew there was all that video footage from 80 years ago and that it is right there, right now, literally at our fingertips. That whetted my appetite to connect with other favorite music, which I once had on long-gone vinyl records and which I thought I would never hear again, and not only hear again but see in performance, which I never had: Jefferson Airplane with Grace Slick on “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love;” Jay Unger on Bob Will’s “Maiden’s Prayer, which I used to look forward to hearing every Saturday night on WAMU when Mary Cliff’s radio show “Traditions” came on; Country Joe and the Fish’s “Who Am I,” a “beautiful poignant and timeless song that deserves a wider audience” according to one YouTube upload. And operas – yes, complete operas. The first one I looked at but haven’t yet watched completely is Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro.” With a $30 Chromecast or similar device you can open it on your laptop or a tablet and probably a cell phone and “cast” it to your TV and watch it on your big screen. I haven’t been so happy with a discovery in a long, long time. It is like recovering part of my past.

I guess I’ll conclude by expressing thanks for weather imposed downtime to stop and smell the flowers, or rather, in this case, to hear the music, and to all the people who have been making these historical treasures available for us to enjoy. The scope if it is truly staggering. It has enriched my life, and I look forward to more of the same. I’m glad I’ve lived to see it.

Ron Hicks, Parish Verger, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC, 23-February-2016.

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