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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 - Seeds of Compassion

Seeds of Compassion

Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on

When you are ministering in a church, you are in the business of planting seeds. Every worship service, every sermon, every class, every service opportunity, every conversation is an opportunity to speak a word or make a gesture that will bear fruit in someone's soul. Today I want to share with you the story of one of those seeds.

When I was first ordained, thirteen years ago, I was called to be part of a team of clergy and laypeople serving a parish in a wealthy area of Birmingham, Alabama. One of the members of our staff was an expert on homelessness, and he wanted to get us engaged in the issue. We had a long history of writing generous checks to effective agencies, but Mark wanted us to wade in with our own hands and feet. 

And so he convinced us to participate in the Birmingham Hospitality Network, which sheltered homeless families within church facilities while supporting them with a day program designed to get them back into work. Participating meant that, several times during each year, we would have homeless families living in our Sunday school rooms -- and we would have to order our communal life around them while they were with us.  Staff would have to relocate the regular programming of the church so as to leave the families in quiet and privacy. Parishioners would need to provide food and engage the families one-on-one. It would take 70-90 volunteers per week to pull this off, and we had never tried to do anything like this. 

When our first week rolled round, we were on pins and needles: Would the congregation come through? We could never have anticipated what happened. The food came pouring in, home-cooked and served with joy. The parishioners ate with the families, played games with them, set up a spa so that the homeless girls could  have fun braiding hair. Certain families reached out to the homeless teenagers and took them to basketball games. Others invited them to pool parties with their own kids. For four weeks a year, our parishioners were determined to give those families everything they would want for their own families.

But that was not all that happened. This week, I had dinner with a young woman in that congregation whom I had not seen in almost ten years. Back then, she'd been a little girl. Now, she was celebrating her graduation from college and was preparing to begin work as a teacher. She told me that her vocation came from her years of helping the Hospitality Network children. She, a child from a wealthy family who lived in a rich suburb with a superb school system, had fallen in love with the inner-city kids and had determined to work with them. Year by year, she prepared herself to be a teacher so that she could show them the love she herself had been given.

This week, she was on the cusp of her dream. In the final rounds, she'd been given an interview, not only at the city school, but also in a prestigious suburban school district. For a moment, she wavered, but then an extraordinary thing happened. Her parents, who were frightened about their baby going into the inner city, said to her, "We're proud of you for getting the prestigious interview, but that's not what you have been wanting to do." They called her back to her self, even at cost to themselves.

And so, this fall, a group of fourth graders will be getting a teacher who has been praying for them for year, even before she knew where she would be going, praying for the kids God would place into her hands. They will be getting a teacher who has dreamed of them for ten years, even since she was a little girl. A person of deep faith who wants her life to be a work of compassion.

We never know whether the seeds we plant will bear fruit in changed lives and in open hearts. We cannot predict what God will do with them. But compassion has a way spreading, of opening our hearts to a world we had never dreamed of, shaping a reality that is more beautiful than we can dare to imagine. And so the only thing to do is to keep planting those seeds, one act, one gesture at a time. 

In most cases, we will never know whose lives they touch. But God knows. God cares. And God is still working to raise us from the dust and teach us to walk together and lead us, singing, home.

Tags: christianity, compassion, homeless, inspiration, service, vocation

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