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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.

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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 - Sentimental Disbeliever

Sentimental Disbeliever

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

Yesterday morning I was fretting a bit while getting ready ready for church.  That's pretty much the way it is when my name appears in the second row on the church rota - that's the column with the heading: Preacher.

Those who preach regularly in the church (or the Washington Home) know what that fretting is all about.  A sermon is never about the preacher but when you are the one who will occupy the pulpit it's always hard to get out of your own way.  

In the midst of my fretting yesterday I got a great gift.  The gift was an interview on a radio broadcast that airs on NPR on Sunday mornings called On Being.  Yesterday's broadcast was an interview with Michael Longley.  Longley is poet from Northern Ireland, an artist who has been known as a poet of the "Troubles."  About thirty minutes before preaching I sat in my car in the staff parking lot listening to Longley's wise and comforting voice.  Towards the end of the interview I heard this: "I think that one can be too self-conscious... and that art and poetry require a certain insouciance...  you can take your poems seriously but you mustn't take yourself too seriously [because] self-importance engraves its own headstone."

That's good advice for a fretting preacher.  It's also good advice in a city like ours, a place where last year year I heard New York Times columnist David Brooks begin a lecture to a packed audience at The National Presbyterian Church like this:  "Good afternoon, I'm not planning on talking very long today because this is Washington DC and I know that everyone here would rather listen to themselves."  The ensuing laughter was robust, and somewhat ironic, it seems to me.

Longley was raised agnostic by English parents in the midst of Ireland's troubled religious divides.  In the interview he is described as a "sentimental disbeliever." He admits taking Holy Communion every four or five years because he believes in the poetry of the Eucharist and is interested in Jesus as a revolutionary poet - a "proto-socialist" - and considers the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes to be as good as a system as any to live by.  This sentimental believer likes that... a lot.

Thanks to the wonders of the internet last night after attending a stewardship gathering for the church I listened to the extended and unedited version of the Longley interview.  It's worth a listen and interestingly enough Longley's wisdom seems apropos for members of St. Alban's just now, a parish where more than once in recent months and in very different contexts I've heard church members reference Ireland's "Troubles" when talking about what we are experiencing as a parish.  The interview might also be a welcome diversion for our fretting hearts these last two days before living through and then learning the outcome of an election that no matter what will be the beginning of a new set of troubles for our divided nation.

Below is a closing quote from the interview followed by one of Longley's poems published in 1998.  The quote is extraordinarily relatable to the reasons we sentimental believers kneel at the altar to receive the bread of life and the cup of salvation not once or twice in a decade but every single Sunday:

 "I think what art can do is to tune you up and good art good poems is making people more human.  Making them more intelligent.  Making them more sensitive and emotionally pure than they might otherwise be.  And one of the marvelous things about poetry is that it's useless.  It's useless.  What use is poetry? People occasionally ask in the butcher shop say, they come up to me and they say what use is poetry and the answer is no use.  But it doesn't mean to say that it's without value.  It is without use, but it is valuable."

The Ice-Cream Man

Rum and raisin, vanilla, butterscotch, walnut, peach:
You would rhyme off the flavours. That was before
They murdered the ice-cream man on the Lisburn Road
And you bought carnations to lay outside his shop.
I named for you all the wild flowers of the Burren
I had seen in one day: thyme, valerian, loosestrife,
Meadowsweet, tway blade, crowfoot, ling, angelica,
Herb robert, marjoram, cow parsley, sundew, vetch,
Mountain avens, wood sage, ragged robin, stitchwort,
Yarrow, lady’s bedstraw, bindweed, bog pimpernel.

Happy Monday,

Jim+

 

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