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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

SUNDAY SERVICES (after Labor Day through May)
8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite I (spoken)

9:00  a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II

                        Children's Chapel

11:15 a.m.      Misa in Español (Little Sanctuary)

11:15 a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II (Rite I during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter)

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 9:00 a.m.  Daily Morning Prayer

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.                                    Holy Eucharist: Rite II

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 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 - Love me tender, love me true

Love me tender, love me true

Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on

Last Sunday, I took a turn in our parish's Children's Chapel, where every Sunday we tell stories, sing songs, make funny gestures, pray together, and share the good news of God's love with children  in ways that they can understand and enjoy. (To tell the truth, it seems to speak to grown-ups, too; there are a lot of people in our church who name Children's Chapel as their favorite way to worship.) 

Usually, Children's Chapel is filled with children of many ages, but for some reason, last week we inclined heavily towards the two-and-under set. Near the end of our time, one of the older kids, Annie, who likes to help lead the chapel, took out a storybook and read to the children about Daniel in the lion's den. What happened was like magic: one by one, all the children gathered as close to Annie as they could, until the front of the chapel looked like a football scrum, kids piled on one another to get close to Annie.

What was that about? It wasn't the story; it was Annie. She loves small children, and they feel that love and adore her in return. I had to wonder: was that what was compelling about Jesus? Not his teaching, not his courage, but the tender love he had for each person, which led them to trust him, to believe him, to want to follow him.

We in the church tend to lead with the teachings. We wrestle with theology, with the right way to worship. We build programs to help the poor; we deliver food, collect clothing and blankets, offer free concerts to draw people in. All these are good things; they meet needs that are real and pressing. Very few hungry people would turn away a home-cooked meal. Very few cold ones would not be grateful for a blanket.

And yet, does what we offer meet the deepest needs of the human heart (our own needs or those of the people whom we try to assist)? How could we offer it in ways that demonstrated not just care, but love: love for each person as an individual, just as they are, one messed-up human being reaching out to another? Can we manage that level of vulnerability, to say, "Hey, it's OK, I've messed up too. Big time. I do not judge you. I do not condemn you. I love you as my sister or my brother, and I hope that we can make one another well."

The hardest thing about Christianity, I think, is that it's not about being good; it's about being real. Most of us want to be good. Most of us want to be admired. Most of us want to be "good Christians," although that means different things to different people. It takes courage -- real courage -- to be bad at something, to be bad at something important. To do that means you have taken a risk. To be a bad Christian, in its best sense, means that you have taken a risk for Jesus.

What is real? When I was newly-ordained, I was lucky enough to be claimed as a friend by a older man who was a man of great faith. A few weeks before his death, he came into my

office and asked me to try to help him find a Bible verse. I knew the verse, but I was puzzled that he asked for help to find it, given that he knew the Bible better than I. But I read it to him: "When you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten your belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go." He looked at me and said, "I know what that feels like now. I do not wish to grow old." We sat together holding that truth: that this person of faith was afraid, afraid of losing himself. 

It would have been so much easier for him not to have spoken those words. It would have been easier for him to have kept the facade, to have maintained the image of the courageous Christian leader. Instead, he gave me the gift of his trust, and when he died, I knew what he had been spared.

I think of that scene often, when I am troubled or unsure. It gives me great strength that a man I admired so greatly could admit his struggles; it gives me strength to acknowledge my own with honesty and candor, not only in the secrecy of my prayers, but in the company of the friends of my hand, and even with those who are not friends, but who have struggles of their own. It is a way of demonstrating love, of coming together as two human beings, just as we are, knowing that God is with us, as we are. 

How can you love someone today?



 

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