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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 - Ramadan Reflection

Ramadan Reflection

Posted by The Rev'd Debbie Kirk on

          On a recent Sunday evening, I participated in a lovely experience that combined spirituality, fellowship, learning, and peace.   Sandy Kolb planned a gathering of Muslim men and women who wanted to share their Iftar meal with us at St. Alban’s.  The Iftar meal is the daily evening meal during Ramadan that breaks the fast that the Muslims hold between sunrise and sunset each day until the end of the 30 day period of Ramadan.  This Muslim group brought to St. Alban’s and our parishioners a delicious dinner.  But even more important, they brought their friendship and their faith to share with us.  It was an inviting opportunity to learn about Ramadan and to talk about Ramadan and Islam with Muslims from many parts of the world, not just the United States. 

          The discussions in which I participated were very interactive, with all of us sharing our experiences with religion, personal and community spirituality, as well as culture.  In one conversation group, we talked about the concept of fasting and the special month of Ramadan as a time to break routine.  Breaking the routine of our normal, daily lives can open spaces to encounter God.  Increasing spiritual awareness through this break and through fasting can raise awareness of our connections with God.  This concept is a familiar one to Christianity from the ascetics of the early Christian era to the monks and nuns of the medieval Christian period to the spiritual retreats of today.   We talked about the theological concept of submission to God’s will.  Doing what would not be our habit nor for our own pleasure for a month awakens the soul.  It can bring us closer to God.  We as Christians also value submission to the will of God as distinguished from our own, possibly selfish, wills.   In the arguably most well-known Christian prayer, we ask God that “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  I also thought of C. S. Lewis as we discussed the concept of submission to God.  He talks about the illusion of human self-sufficiency in The Problem of Pain.  “They [Adam and Eve] wanted, as we say, to “call their souls their own.” But that means to live a lie, for our souls are not, in fact, our own. They wanted some corner in the universe of which they could say to God, “This is our business, not yours.” But there is no such corner. They wanted to be nouns, but they were, and eternally must be, mere adjectives.”  He conveys the thought of submission to our potential and to our destiny as children of God so much more eloquently than I could.

          In another group, Margie Delaney and I talked with people about their experiences in the their native countries and in United States as Muslims in this era of disquietude and our experiences in the predominantly Muslim areas we had visited.  I have vivid memories of the calls to prayer in Tunisia.  The call to prayer five times a day that pervaded the ambiance of Tunisia each day was inspiring to me.  The earliest morning call was a bit disconcerting to me at first—not being a morning person.  But I came to appreciate even that call to connect with God.   As a result of the time in Tunisia 20 years ago, I found a commitment to the daily office tradition of the monastic Christian orders.  It has been a part of my prayer life since that time.  I keep Christian books of hours and books on daily liturgical seasonal prayer, at my bedside, in my car, and in secular offices, as well as web sites on my computer that include daily offices complete with instrumental music, hymns and chants.  My encounter with the Muslim call to prayer as a daily connection with God has enriched my life as a Christian.   It has also brought me closer to my Muslim brothers and sisters. 

          I include a YouTube clip of the traditional evening call to prayer—the same call to prayer one young man chanted Sunday night during our time together—the same call to prayer that is heard all over the world every day. 

 

 

May the peace and fellowship in the one God be with all of us now and always.

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