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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.




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 - Regaining the Shore

Regaining the Shore

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on with 1 Comments

What do we do when we’re in a place we’ve never been before, when there is no map or companion beside us to tell us what to do next? It doesn’t take much for us to feel like we’re in uncharted territory. Loss can bring us there – the loss of a job, the loss of a relationship, the loss of a country we thought we understood. How do we get our bearings and figure out the next right step?

Well, in certain parts of the world anyway, we look for a cairn. A cairn is a human-made pile of stones used as a memorial or a landmark. They’ve been around since pre-historic times. Sometimes cairns mark a burial place or a battle site. Often though, they are used as trail markers in places where the path forward is anything but clear. You’ll see them on mountains above the tree line, in deserts or tundras. Sometimes they mark the edge of a cliff when the snow makes the drop-off impossible to see. Cairns mark the paths that generations before have used to get through.

I saw one recently on my vacation in New Zealand in the main square of Christchurch. It was built in 2010 as a symbol of protest. You see, the people who were elected to protect the region’s rivers had been replaced by appointed officials whose interests seemed to favor profit over water quality. So thousands of people gathered in Cathedral Square. They brought stones from their local rivers and created a cairn as a plea for restored democracy. The Anglican Bishop blessed the cairn, and prayers were offered.

Less than a year later, an earthquake devastated the city. The Cathedral’s tower crumbled; its face shattered. The cairn, however, survived. It withstood the storm. Six years later, the Cathedral is still in ruins. (Some other time, I’ll tell you about worshipping in the nearby Transitional “Cardboard” Cathedral. Still processing that.)

A plaque on the cairn reads: “A cairn by tradition is a mound of stones on the edge of a river by which travelers in the high country indicate a place of departure and a place to regain the shore.” We all get disoriented sometimes. We need help from those who’ve gone before us – whether it’s to help us find a path that’s new for us or to bring us back to the water that will nourish us for whatever comes next.

In this season of disorientation, what cairns are you finding? What markers from generations past are helping to guide you? For me, it’s Scripture and the sacraments. (I know; I’m a priest. You’d expect me to say that. But it’s true.) I take comfort in knowing that my generation is not the first to feel lost. The stories and images and rituals of our faith feel like guideposts to me right now, like trail markers. They give me hope that we too will find our way.

The cairn in Christchurch reminded me of another pile of stones – this time, in the book of Joshua. As soon as the people crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land, they took twelve stones from the riverbed and placed them where they made camp that night. Joshua explained the purpose – so that when their children passed this way again and asked what the stones meant, the people would be able to share the story of their deliverance. They’d remember and tell of how the LORD helped them cross the dangerous waters to a new place.

May we have the eyes to see the cairns already in our midst laid by the faithful who’ve gone before us – those markers of protest and direction and deliverance – that we too may regain the shore.




Rich Turner February 3, 2017 1:26pm

Emily - I believe it is also for us to leave our own cairns for the generations to come. Over time some cairns are no longer useful, the river having changed its course, or new paths created. By considering both things that guide us from our past as well as things we learn and need to mark keeps us grounded while we scout out new trails for our followers in time.