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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 - Seeking the Light

Seeking the Light

Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on

     Those of you who read this blog regularly may have noticed that our postings were a bit ..."unusual"... last week. Ron Hicks posted a wonderful post about never knowing the last time you would do something, and then it went out again, and again. By Thursday, the church staff were laughing: no, you really don't know when something will come to an end! The repeated posts were a by-product of the new distribution system we are using, Mailchimp. I think it's safe to say that at this point, in the struggle between man and chimp, chimp is definitely winning.

     But that's not the whole story. When it came down to it last week, I couldn't write a cup of good news. After Sandy Hook, after Orlando, after so many of these senseless slaughters, I couldn't find any words of hope that did not seem trite or facile or a willful act of denial. And if it's hard for a preacher to come up with words of hope, which is our job, I cannot imagine that it's easy for much of anyone else.

Here's the thing: Christian hope, like all true hope, begins with the telling of truth. About a century ago, G.K. Chesterton found words to express some of that truth in a poem that he wrote:

O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry,
our earthly rulers falter, our people drift and die;
the walls of gold entomb us, the swords of scorn divide,
take not thy thunder from us, but take away our pride.

From all that terror teaches, from lies of tongue and pen,
from all the easy speeches that comfort cruel men,
from sale and profanation of honor, and the sword.
from sleep and from damnation, deliver us, good Lord!

   If the truth is that we are broken, that our world is damaged, that some of us insist on injuring one another, and that our leadership is unwilling to take action to begin to stem the tide of blood, then we, as free agents, have more than one way to respond to that. We can choose the path of nihilism, seeking whatever solace we can find in pleasure while we are yet alive; we can choose the path of cruelty, seeking our own benefit over that of others come what may; or we can cling to the slender, golden, unbreakable thread of divine promise.

     The theologian Marilyn McCord Adams writes, "horrendous evils require defeat by nothing less than the goodness of God...Many ...insist that the worst evils find their true measure in being utterly [ab]surd, permanently incomprehensible, and absolutely nondefeasible..whether by human or divine power. My contrary intuitions are that the very worst evils are the ones that demand the most to be defeated and that Divine goodness to created persons cannot be sustained if God permits horrors beyond the reach of Divine defeat."  In other words, the very existence of horrors must throw us back  into utter dependence on the goodness of God as the only force that can restore to our lives the integrity that the horrors themselves destroy. 

      For myself, I have been taking comfort in some words from Madeleine L'Engle, who reminds us that "the greater the circle of light, the greater the perimeter of darkness." The violence and bigotry that infest our culture are the mirror image of the great expansion of human rights and dignity that has occurred within the last half-century. Fifty-three years ago, our nation had not granted full equality to African-Americans, women, or gay and lesbian citizens. Today, while we still struggle to put that equality into daily practice, most of the legal barriers to equality have vanished.

  It is easy, at times like these, to keep our eyes on the darkness. But we need to remember that the circle of light is still growing.  It is growing in the rich courage of men, women, and children who have stood in their place and proclaimed their humanity and made the rest of us take notice. And its future growth depends on us -- on each one of us who has seen their dignity, who honors their humanity, who is willing to stand with our brothers and sisters, rather than against them. 

The circle of light is still growing, and it is up to each one of us to stand within it, or to stand against it. But God is light. God is still light.


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