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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 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 - No Lost Causes

No Lost Causes

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

Zealotry and lost causes – here in our nation’s capital, we see our fair share of both. Today, on the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude (October 28), we recognize the existence of both not just in our public lives but in our faith lives too.

As for the saints who inspired this day, we really only know their names – and even those we can’t keep straight. Both were among the original twelve apostles of Jesus. We know that much. Luke refers to Simon as “the zealot,” while Matthew and Mark call him “the Cananaean” (or as a parishioner at a friend’s church delightfully mispronounced it, “Simon the Canadian.”) We don’t know what kind of zealot Simon was, whether or not he was part of a group of political insurrectionists called the Zealots. It may simply have been the most pronounced aspect of his personality.

As for Jude, he’s sometimes known as Judas son of James, sometimes Thaddaeus, or as John more bluntly puts it, “Judas (not Iscariot).” Over time, he’s become famous in Roman Catholic circles as the patron saint for lost causes. Tradition says this is because he was one of the least-called upon saints for intercession. Folks were so afraid of calling on Judas Iscariot instead that they avoided the name altogether. Jude became the saint of last resort. He would then “go out of his way” to intercede for those who did call on him, particularly in cases where all hope seemed lost.

According to legend, Simon and Jude were martyred together in Persia. I wonder how they got to be partners. I picture Jude as a quiet type, one who didn’t necessarily correct people when they got his name wrong, who didn’t care because he wasn’t seeking credit. In his mind, he was doing only what he ought to have done. His silence may have cost him at times, but left to his own devices – he didn’t know any other way. Now pair him with Simon, so known for his zeal that it became part of his name.

Is there a place for zealots in our common life? Most of us have witnessed the convert’s zeal – the boundless enthusiasm of someone who has truly discovered Jesus for the first time. I remember my own zeal in joining the Episcopal Church as a young adult. I would rave to anyone who would listen about the beauty and elegance of the Prayer Book, how it formed the perfect antidote to the triteness and trendiness of pop Christianity. I hadn’t yet mastered the “still waters run deep” approach to devotion. (In truth I still haven’t.) Looking back, I hope my zeal was seen as more amusing than obnoxious – but, of course, we don’t get to decide how we’re perceived.

Zealotry can take more destructive forms, certainly. The line between focused and narrow-minded can be hard to discern. Praiseworthy loyalty can devolve into bitter partisanship. We can keep fighting long after a cause is truly lost. (Causes can be lost; people are another story.) We can become so driven to defend our rightness that we lose sight of those we hurt in the process and, only after the dust has settled, do we notice the damage we’ve left in our wake. No one who cares deeply about anything or anyone is immune to this. But if Jesus saw fit to include a zealot among the original Twelve, then I suspect there’s hope for even the most fiery and stubborn among us.

I’m guessing that a firebrand like Simon appreciated the quiet faithfulness of someone like Jude. And perhaps Jude appreciated Simon’s ability to articulate what Jude thought but couldn’t find the space or courage to say. Both approaches have their drawbacks, God knows, but both equally have the capacity to be faithful when tempered by the other and guided by grace. Thanks be to God – none of us is a lost cause.

Peace,

Emily+

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