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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 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 - Purging the Rolls

Purging the Rolls

Posted by Ron Hicks on

When we started the Daily Cup blog, one of the ideas was that the writers would write about aspects of their work at St. Alban’s. Some of mine have, but most have not. This one does.

For the past few months, ever since the 2016 stewardship campaign, I’ve been processing pledge packets that we decided not to mail. The stewardship committee perused the full set that I had prepared for labeling, stuffing and mailing and decided not to mail to people that no one on the committee recognized. The clergy and staff then looked through them and found a few, a precious few, that they recognized, and we mailed those. I’ve been going through the remainder, which probably number in the hundreds, changing their status in our membership records to Inactive.

But I want to share with you some of my reactions to making the changes, not the mechanics, which involves changing each individuals Record Status from Active to Inactive. This isn’t a rote exercise, but each one is a judgment call. My main criterion is their pledge status and other indications in their record of involvement in the parish. I’ve been rushing so that the changes are reflected in the count of members and others active in the parish which we report annually around this time of year in the Parochial Report.

People tend to fall into three groups. The largest was people for whom we had no information other than their name and address. Usually there was an indication of when they first came, but sometimes not even that. About these I sometimes wondered how they came to be in the database in the first place. Were they here more than just the one time that they left their name on a Welcome Card? Most are single, and I had mental images of them being like leaves floating on a stream, just floating through us, searching for something and not staying long enough to even know if they had found it.

The second group are those that showed a little involvement, such as baptism of their children, but not much more. About these I wondered what happened to what brought them to St. Alban’s. I wondered how long they stayed before they moved on, and why. What did we do or fail to do that their initial connection didn’t hold? Only a few attained Member status. Some of the names I recognized, for I had set up their record myself. Every time I do, I feel like I too am welcoming them into our community and I feel high hopes for each of them becoming a fully active and participating part of our parish family. The fate of the different seeds in the parable of the sower comes to mind as I mark them Inactive.

It is the third group that makes me both puzzled and sad. These are people whose record shows, for example, substantial pledges for three, four or more successive years – that is, real commitment – and then, suddenly, somewhere in the past three to ten years, nothing.  It’s like a curtain falling or a light being switched off.  These were invariably also Members, with all of their baptism and confirmation information of record and with many indications of involvement in parish activities. What happened that they left? And why didn’t they say goodbye? Some of these I recognized and, where I had contact information, I reached out to them by email or phone call or even mailing them the pledge packet with a note on the envelope apologizing for the “oversight” of not mailing it in November. From a few of these I received a reply and retained them in Active status on the strength of the hope that it might become a reality but realizing that they are on the edge and that it could go either way.

I close with this prayer for the Parish. Dear Lord, keep us always a place that attracts those who wander by to stop for a while, perhaps for a day, perhaps for a month, and perhaps for a lifetime, and make us flexible and sensitive enough to discern and offer each person what he or she needs from us at that time in their life. Amen.

Ron Hicks, Parish Verger, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC, 16-February 2016.

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