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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

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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 - Listen!

Listen!

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on with 1 Comments

It’s not always about finding the right words.  As an inveterate word lover, that’s a hard admission for me to make. I want to believe that there is a perfect response if I’m smart or patient or wise enough to find it. That can be the hardest part of listening sometimes – the temptation to search for the perfect response instead of being fully present in the moment with all its messiness.

Part of the unspeakable privilege of my job as a priest - and more fundamentally, as a follower of Jesus - is to listen to people. It strikes me just how many times Jesus in the Gospels starts a story with the word “Listen!”, as if he knows just how difficult this is. I’d like to say that I’m always fully present to people in their pain and able to listen with my whole self, but I’ll admit it - sometimes my “savior strings” get tugged. I feel the urge to fix or suggest or focus on what can be changed; and when advice is actually sought, those tugs can be helpful.

But oftentimes, it’s not my problem solving tools that are required. The real need goes deeper than that. More often than not, the need isn’t something to be “fixed;” the need is to be heard. We need to know that our thoughts and feelings matter, because we matter. And when we believe that, when a flesh and blood person honors us in this way whether they agree with us or not, it’s becomes easier to bring our whole selves to God and let the real work of healing begin.

When we are truly listened to, we get outside the echo chamber of our own heads. We can begin to hear our own voices – and perhaps even the guidance of the Spirit - amidst all the others and clarify what it is we’re really seeking. When someone listens to us with patience and without judgment as we begin to untangle all our knotted impressions and intuitions, it becomes easier to believe that God could be listening too – that the divine silence isn’t empty, but full and loving and expectant.

Many of us, in the helping professions at least, have been taught how to listen – how to pay attention to body language, to the phrases that keep getting repeated, to what is being avoided or not being said. We practice being present and restraining the urge to speak – striving to speak only when it improves upon the silence. Perhaps the reason it takes so much practice is because it goes so against our grain. We’re taught in this particular outpost of American culture to be experts at all times, to present solutions, to always remain action-focused and outcome-based.

We grow frustrated sometimes at the inability of our words to fix things. (Or maybe that’s just me.) But perhaps it’s only when we realize the limits of our words that we can at last grasp the depths of another’s reality and truly walk alongside them. Perhaps it’s only when words fail us that we can experience and communicate the love and healing power of God that goes beyond words.

In his ceaselessly challenging book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes: “We do God’s work for our brothers and sisters when we learn to listen to them.” Who do you need to listen to this week? Who needs to listen to you?

In the Name of the Spirit who intercedes with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26),

Emily+

Comments

Jo August 5, 2016 11:57am

Thanks, Emily. This is a big part of Stephen Ministry training, and one of the greatest challenges to those of us called to be helpers. Definitely life-long learning! This is a wonderful testimony to listening's importance.

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