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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.

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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 - In Dependence

In Dependence

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on with 2 Comments

Today is a day that brings very mixed emotions.  I have such amazing memories of the 4th of July as a kid.  I'm the youngest of six and we'd always celebrate the holiday at our summer cottage in Michigan.  Weather permitting we'd be on the beach all day.  When the sun started to set we'd start sending bottle rockets into the air from the mouths of glass coke bottles nestled in the sand and then we'd settle into beach chairs to watch the small fireworks show sponsored by the Macatawa cottage owners association.  They'd shoot off the fireworks from the jetty that connected lake Macatawa to lake Michigan.  The show lasted all but forty-five minutes with long pauses in between each launch.  In between launches you could hear the sounds of laughter and joy and the pop of cans of beer!  It was pure magic.  I can remember marveling at the reflections on the water.  A show above and a show below. 

I'll never forget one 4th of July evening when a young deputy Sheriff in a stiff hat and crisp uniform approached the porch at our cottage.  My Dad had been sitting in his rocking chair chucking Black Cat firecrackers off the front porch.  The smell and smoke from the firecrackers lingered in the air and the little sand yard below the elevated porch of the cottage was littered with loads of tattered paper from the obliterated casings on the Black Cats.   The deputy stood on the sidewalk and asked my father if he was aware of the Michigan laws prohibiting fireworks.  My Dad looked at him intently from his chair and said, "Fireworks? What fireworks?" He was the calmest man I have ever known.  His feet were gnarly from his experience as a POW in Germany in WWII in the winter of 1944.  He was awarded a Purple Heart and fought in The Battle of the Bulge.  He was more than six feet tall and he spoke very little but communicated a lot with his eyes.  They (my Dad and the young Sheriff) looked at each other for what seemed like forever as the rest of us kids gazed at the Sheriff wondering if Dad was just "busted."  A ticket?  A warning? My Dad didn't say another word but the young Sheriff did: "Have a safe and happy 4th of July, sir."  God I miss my Dad.  It's been fifteen years since he met his maker and every fourth of July, more so than any other day in the year, I remember him. Rest in peace JCQ.

There's other reasons for my mixed emotions today.  I'm sure many of you share them.  I'm a patriot to be sure but it's hard to sing the National Anthem like we did in Children's Chapel today at church. It's hard to sing the song that is the poem written by Francis Scott Key after the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British Ships in the war of 1812, and to "praise" the words in poem's closing stanza: Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.'  

Is there such a thing as just cause? I love our country.  I love our freedom.  I love my father and the sacrifices that he and so many have made and continue to make so that we can be free. I'll never forget returning to the United States after a mission tip to San Salvador.  I wanted to kiss the ground when the plane landed.  But the cost of our freedom is bittersweet so my prayer with you today is not just for our independence but for a world dependent on God:

May each and every nation and tribe know your peace, Lord.  Melt, God, our hate.  Turn our swords into plowshares and let the Lion and the Lamb lie down.  May there be peace on earth, as it is in heaven, and let it begin with me. 

Happy Monday,

Jim+

 

 

Comments

Peter July 4, 2016 9:25pm

Well put Jim. This 4th of July is fraught with so much dismay that we are at a crossroads in the November election. A choice between a vote for bigotry and a more optimistic path, but not a new, brave path. God Bless America.

Lois July 5, 2016 12:36pm

That is a very touching message Jim. Peace, independence, a world "dependant on God." I am with you.

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