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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 - Not Too Late

Not Too Late

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

Why should we care about the wise men? They’re at best day players in the Christmas story. Why do these walk-ons get a feast day in relative prime time, for example, while Joseph’s feast day gets buried in Lent on March 19? Today on the Feast of the Epiphany, we celebrate the tardy arrival of the Magi. How is the story of Jesus somehow incomplete without them?

One wonders why the “king of the Jews” was even on their radar in the first place. They probably weren’t Jewish. They were most likely Persian with their own traditions to accept or reject. It could have started with curiosity. They weren’t necessarily committed to any one tradition at the start of things.

In a world with so many choices, how can you know that any one religion is true? If you didn’t inherit anything you felt was worth keeping, why not pick and choose – a little Jewish prophecy here, a little astrology there? Pagan beliefs at the time associated the movements of kingdoms with the movements of the stars. A rising star pointed to the birth of a new king. When no one truly knows what comes next and everyone is making more-or-less educated guesses – whether it’s the prophets or the stars offering guidance – perhaps they didn’t see the difference.

Or maybe this was the first time a world of disorder was revealed to them, and their old answers didn’t satisfy anymore. A star that didn’t follow their maps led them to question the value of their maps. What good was a narrative that claimed to explain everything yet failed to explain this? Their worldview was starting to shatter, and they needed something to make it whole again – to make them whole.

For many of us, this realization doesn’t hit us with something as benign as stargazing. For some, it’s the world of ideas – philosophers, novelists, scientists who shake our assumptions and make us wonder if our core stories really are just wish-fulfillment fantasies. Or maybe it’s a tragedy, an unspeakable loss that breaks our world open. We want an alternative to the cold comforts of generic morals, but we aren’t sure where to turn.

We don’t really want a faith of our own making. We want to be characters in a bigger story that we didn’t invent, that wasn’t thought up yesterday. We want a light in the dark to show us the way. So we follow the light in front of us, not really knowing what we’re searching for until we find it – or it finds us.

Who knows what led them to Jesus? Maybe they just wanted to get away from their day planners and have an adventure. I’m not sure it matters. What matters is that they finally did arrive – and so helped to open the door for the rest of us latecomers.

With the wise men, the dividing wall between races and cultures, between Jew and Gentile, starts to crumble, and the light of the world makes the ends of the earth come closer. If God can use a star to bring these foreigners to Jesus, there’s no telling who else might be included or what other means God might use to get our attention.  The wise men found out that the Creator of the universe isn’t just the king of the Jews, because the One who made the stars found them where they were and drew them into a much larger story – one they couldn’t have created or sustained on their own.

The good news today is that it’s not too late – not for the wise men, not for any of us. No matter what brings us to Jesus, no matter how long we’ve had to travel or how many detours we’ve taken, we’re still welcome. The light of the world can still find us. The story isn’t complete without us either.

Peace,

Emily+

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