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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

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 - Secular Studies

Secular Studies

Posted by Sonya Sutton on

I was fortunate enough to spend time at Chautauqua in western New York a few weeks ago. If you’ve not been, you might think of it as a summer camp for adults who listen to NPR. Morning and afternoon lectures, concerts, theological discussions and book clubs. It began as vacation spot for Methodist Sunday school teachers and has grown into a place that embraces thoughtful dialogue on the entire spectrum of human thought and behavior. No surprise then that one of the speakers I heard was a professor of secular studies – did you know there was such a thing? The following reads like a school report, I know, but I hope, if it isn’t already all old news to you, that you find some of it as interesting as I did.

Phil Zuckerman, a professor of Sociology and Secular Studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California spoke in the open air Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua about the causes of secularism in America. And I took notes. It’s a topic that comes up at every church-related meeting, musical or otherwise, that I have ever gone to. The question, that is, of how to “compete” with the secular society that provides far more entertainment and distraction than a church could ever hope to. He named 7 things that he has observed as main causes of our increasingly secular society:

1. The religious right – religious conservatives who find ways to exclude different ways of thinking and being, creating a culture of anger instead of love
2. The scandals of crime and cover-up in the Catholic Church around pedophilia
3. Women in the work-force, faced with less time for home and family, suggesting that mothers have been the primary drive behind getting families to church
4. A societal acceptance by younger generations of homosexuality, making the church’s teachings on this, until very recently, divisive and mean-spirited
5. The attacks on September 11, 2001, which reminded people in a dramatic fashion about the power of religion – any religion – to do great harm
6. The frequency with which religion is lampooned on television sitcoms and fake news shows
7. The internet. In fact, Zuckerman spent the most time talking about the internet’s corrosive effect on church-going. As we all do, people use the internet to answer their questions, and once online to get an answer will also see many sites devoted to disputing whatever it is they’re looking up. The internet, he believes, increases our exposure to hypocrisy as well and helps to form a community of doubters. Communitybeing the important word in that sentence.

This is just a report.  You might disagree with some, or all, of his assertions.  Zuckerman did note that the U.S. is among the most religious of all industrialized western societies. But research shows this is because we also have the biggest difference between rich and poor. When that disparity is less, such as in many Scandinavian counties, religious affiliation is also less.

He made a few more points I found interesting. Spirituality, he suggests, is a step on the road to individualism. The “spiritual, but not religious” segment of society that we hear so much about – and which, honestly, we might feel part of sometimes – is missing that communal aspect of church (perhaps finding it elsewhere…like the internet?) which many of us value. But this Professor of Secular Studies did hold out one note of hope for those who do value religion. He believes that there are two things humans hunger for – rituals and a sense of heritage – which are not supplied by secular pursuits. They are found, however, in those churches that choose to honor and celebrate their heritage and rituals.

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Next week: Another report from a very different Chautauqua speaker, the President of a Bible college in Atlanta.

Tags: chautauqua, christian, religion, secular studies

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