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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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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: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service. Starting in September 2021, Children’s Chapel with Communion will be held outdoors on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

Education: All church school classes resume the Sunday after Labor Day with our annual Open House. Instruction starts the following Sunday.

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 - `Immanuw’el Means Being With

`Immanuw’el Means Being With

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

Isaiah promised the panicky, frightened and weary king Ahaz of Judea that a virgin would bear a son and name him Immanuw’el. Immanuel means “God (is) with us.   If  you break down the biblical Hebrew into word roots and leave them in the order that make up the name it’s not God with us but With us God:  Im – manu – el;  I like this more because With is capitalized.

Samuel Wells (A Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God – out this month) writes about the power of being with.  To make his point he uses the example of an encounter with a homeless person and the subsequent ways we might respond.   One way we could respond is with concern; we might be moved to work to eradicate homelessness by joining the board of a housing program or shelter.  Another way we might respond could be by engaging the person and talk to them about the options available to them for help.  A third response might be to sit with the person and talk with them – share a coffee, discover who they are; talk about politics or sports.  Wells describes the first option as working for, the second as working with and the third as being with.
 
When Wells considers the different responses he distinguishes a significant difference between working for and working with versus being with.  The first two responses are reactions that are driven by an understanding that there is a problem to be solved.  But the third response – being with – doesn’t start with the assumption of problem to be solved but rather with the desire to receive something from the person.  In Wells’ words, one responds to a person by being with (them) because “you want to receive the wealth of wisdom, humanity, and grace that God has to give you through that person.  You aren’t the source of their salvation (the one to fix their ‘problem’) but they are the source of yours… your every effort is to enjoy their being and share your own rather than change their reality assuming a script you’ve imposed from elsewhere.” (In 2007  I moved to New Orleans in response to hurricane Katrina. I was in a hurry to help fix things.  As time went on I grew more and more frustrated, not only with how long it was taking to realize progress but also with the lack of incentive among some.  One day, when venting my frustration, a colleague who was a native Orleanian told me:  “The thing of it is is that people here, Jim, are about relationships first and progress second.”)
 
We must, of course, fix things that are broken.  Especially when what’s broken in the world diminishes others.  But that’s not the whole game.  Sometimes we are called to be in relationship with one another as much as we are called to be problem solvers.  In the church I’m serving we try to distinguish the difference between with and for ministries, emphasizing the former while realizing the importance and necessity of the latter.
 
As Wells casts these scenarios in a theological perspective he does so using the Christian doctrine of the incarnation:  “Does God see the world as a problem to be solved or a gift to be enjoyed?  Does Christ become incarnate because there’s a job of redemption to be done and only he can do it?”  The answer to these questions, Wells says, is in the shape of Jesus’ life.  The working with and the working for part of Jesus days on earth (his teaching, healing & the saving acts of the passion and resurrection) constitute only about 10% of his life.  And the significance of the other 90% – the 30-odd years in Nazareth?  Being with. “God’s fundamental purpose is to be with us – not primarily to rescue us, or even empower us, but to be with us, to share our existence, to enjoy our hopes and fears, our delights and griefs, our triumphs and disasters.”
 
The shape of this post leads me to Merton:
 
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
 
Happy Monday,
Jim+

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