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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 - Saint Corey

Saint Corey

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

I’ll never forget an exchange I had many years ago with a Home Depot employee who helped me find some heavy copper wire for a sculpture I was making.  After coiling up the wire and handing it to me I looked at him and said, “You are the man!”  He smiled and said, “Nah, I’m not THE man I’m just one of ’em.”  One of the many who go about their work with pride and with kindness and humility without behaving like James or John, the sons of Zebedee in Mark’s Gospel, who want so very much to be recognized:  “Grant, Jesus, that we may sit, one on your right and one on your left… in your glory!”

On Friday night I spent about two and a half hours with a man I now call Saint Corey.  St. Corey Upchurch.

IMG_1710The winter storm was looming and I had seen and heard DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on television telling residents to stay at home and off the streets so I wasn’t sure we’d be going out.  But the St. Alban’s Grate Patrol volunteers (more of ’em!), as they do so faithfully every week, had already prepared dinner and sandwiches earlier that day. I called Corey at about 5:30 pm on Friday and asked if we’d be heading out: “Yes, I’ll be there.”

We left the church around 6:30 and drove through the snowy DC streets to the usual Grate Patrol stops.  We both hoped that we wouldn’t find anyone but figured that there would be those who would decide to brave the storm rather than find shelter. At the first stop two men approached the van and after giving them food and hot chocolate Corey reminded one of them to get the ice out of his beard so that his face wouldn’t freeze.IMG_1715

We fed a total of 13 men and one woman Friday night, no where near the number of people served on a typical Grate Patrol, and Corey told me that if we’d have only fed one we’d have made a difference in the world.  As we drove from stop to stop Corey would pull up and honk the horn three times, and we’d wait.  The city was quiet.  Hooray.  So I used that time to learn a little about Corey.

Corey Upchurch has three kids.  He drives a school bus during the day and has been driving the Grate Patrol van for about eight years now.  There’s two Grate Patrol drivers and they alternate weeks, each driving seven consecutive nights followed by seven nights off.  Seven on and seven off, for eight years now…  I think that means Corey has made the Grate Patrol trip and fed hundreds of men and women 1,456 times.

At one stop on Friday a gentlemen was asking about a shelter.  Corey told him the shelter he was looking for was too far.  We invited him into the Grate Patrol van to warm up while Corey dialed 311 on his cell phone so that he could find someplace the man could walk to. He put the phone on speaker and we sat on hold for what seemed like an eternity.  IMG_1714The man grew impatient and decided to leave so Corey called another agency and described the man and the direction he was walking so that they could send someone to pick him up.

At the last stop of the night a man asked Corey if he’d be back out on Saturday night. Corey looked at him and said, “If this van will move through whatever snow is on the ground… I will be here…”

When Corey dropped me off at the church we transferred a hundred or so sandwiches into bags so that he could drop them off, with the casseroles we didn’t give out, at a shelter.  I didn’t tell him that I thought he was the man, but If I had he’d probably have said, “Nah, I’m not THE man I’m just one of ’em.”

The Grate Patrol is a service provided by the Salvation Army and supported, for many years now, by St. Alban’s and many other churches.  If you are a friend of St. Alban’s and would like to learn more, visit our website: http://stalbansdc.org/community/classes-forums/additional-resources/for-the-hungry/

Happy Monday,

Jim+

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