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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.




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, 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 - Juxtapositions


Posted by The Rev'd Debbie Kirk on

The Palm Sunday liturgy has always caused me to pause.  It mixes joy and sadness in a way that I find disconcerting. The joy is the easy part.  The beginning of this liturgical service symbolizes the cheering and the happy crowds that admire and praise Jesus as he enters Jerusalem.   But we know that there will be more to this story than just a happy parade.  We know what will happen between the entry into Jerusalem and Easter Sunday.  There will be persecution and death.  Facing the hate and the persecution of the Passion is necessary, but not comfortable.

The good news is – we can still share the joy of the people’s acceptance of Jesus in that long ago time and place.  The joy can be–and should be–real and complete, despite our knowledge of Jesus’ impending death, because there is for us, as Christians, the sure and certain knowledge of everlasting life that comes to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I really like this initial, happy part of the Palm Sunday service where we wave palms and process and sing.  But this joyful crowd is only the beginning of Holy Week.   In the service on Sunday, we moved quickly into another location in Jerusalem and into another crowd.  This crowd is bloodthirsty.  This crowd is angry.  This crowd turns ugly.  Sadly, we still see this kind of group, thousands of years later and in all parts of the world.  Singing is replaced by threats and violence.  What does this say about humanity and about our ability to love?  Will we embrace others with love and kindness?  Or will we persecute people different from ourselves?  We are capable of both.

I think about the people in our community and communities worldwide who fear those ugly threats and ugly actions.   I know innocent children from Central America whose families received death threats and whose parent or brother or sister were assassinated in front of them by a gang member.  I think of the attacks on innocent people by members of ISIS in Brussels this Tuesday.   I ache for those who fear these threats and violence fueled by hate and the need for power to control others. Their reality is represented in Holy Week too.

The drama we enacted in remembrance of the Passion of Jesus ends with the death of Jesus and the sadness that follows.  But the story doesn’t end there.  Easter is coming.  Holy Week represents life in all its aspects–not only for Jesus, but for all humanity.  Joy at one moment is often followed by sadness– or vice versa. There are times of persecution and violence, times of caring, times of enormous sadness and loss, and times of great joy.  Juxtapositions can happen in a week—like Holy Week—or in one day—or over a lifetime.

IMG_0049On Palm Sunday, I wore a stole that a friend of mine made for me at a joyful time—my ordination.  As I prepared for Sunday, I realized the colors were aligned with the liturgical season of Lent and Holy Week.  They are all mixed together like the feelings in Palm Sunday’s Gospel and liturgy.  Purple for the contemplation and penitence of Lent, red for the joy of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, black for the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross, gold and white foreshadowing Easter—all themes we had in our Palm Sunday services.   That stole provoked one of those “ah-ha” moments that we get when we perceive and connect vastly different thoughts and emotions.   The connection for me is that our Christian faith never leaves us at the cross, nor does it leave us in a perpetual celebration of palm waving.  Our faith brings us to Easter and new life.

How we face the crosses in our lives and the crosses in the life of the wider community makes all the difference.  Do we touch one another and care for each other as we do in the footwashing liturgy tonight? Or do we threaten or ignore or violate each other? Jesus teaches us to love one another.