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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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Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on

Good Morning.  In the light of recent events it's been a long week and a long weekend so for my Daily Cup I'm sharing the sermon I preached at St. Alban's Church yesterday.

The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost 

October 9, 2016

The Rev. Jim Quigley

 

Jeremiah 29.1, 4-7

 

The Collect of the Day

Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29.7

 

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen

 

Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me.

A stranger appears and says to me: “My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly.”

The stranger is a theologian.[1]

 

As a person of faith I’ve always been comforted by the notion that often we must be lost before we are found. That darkness and chaos are new beginnings, not endings. The earliest theologians of Israel believed this. So did the ones who would come along much later, theologians like St. Peter and St. Paul. And the theologians that came after them, the authors of the Gospels according to Matthew, and Mark... and Luke and to John.

 The movement from chaos to wholeness, from barrenness to fertility and indeed the movement from death to life is the abiding narrative from the very beginning of the Holy Scriptures until their end. Think of the creation stories in Genesis. Think of the narratives of Abraham, of Jacob and Joseph. Remember Job and the sign of Jonah. Think of the epic story of the Exodus and Israel’s long journey to the Promised Land. Then remember what happened next… the rise and fall of the Davidic dynasty and the preaching of the prophets to the exiles – those words of Isaiah, Ezekiel and Jeremiah. Then remember the story of our salvation – the life, the death and finally the resurrection of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ and a few of the words that he gave us: “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it but whoever looses his life for my sake will find it,” sayeth the Lord.

 I am the first preacher to address this congregation after the announcements our Rector and Vestry made to our parish on Tuesday. That’s a challenge, I must say. So know this: I stand here by faith, not by sight. I stand before you without a hope for easy answers or quick fixes. And know this: if you have heard or felt any declarations of victory, if they have been or will be spoken, know they are unacceptable – unacceptable because none of us has won, certainly not God and certainly not his will for us as the church. Not yet.  

But I also stand before you abiding in and robed by the great story of our faith. Abiding in and robed by that great story I stand before you armed with this good news: We are going to be alright. Deborah, you are going to be alright. Each of us (all of us?) may have to walk through some darkness or blow out one last candle in order to see the path before us more clearly but if we seek God in our darkness we can find new light. That’s God’s promise, not mine. As your preacher this morning I’m also called to remind you that there is always a “maybe” in the great story of our faith, an “if and a when,” if you will.

 In the midst of this faithful but realistic and Godly hope we have an uncanny blessing this morning. The uncanny blessing comes from the words of the prophet Jeremiah, words addressed “to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets and all the people who Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters… multiply there and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.’”

Given our current condition can our church have been given a more precise, a more prophetic, a clearer or more commanding text to hear this day? In a proverbial Babylon can we hear, or more important can we heed, the word of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel speaking to the elders and to the priests and to all the people of St. Alban’s? Can we hear the word of God showing us the only way forward? Build houses and live in them. Plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters… multiply and do not decrease.   Above all, people of St. Alban’s, seek the welfare of the church where I have sent you and pray to the Lord on its behalf, and do so for one reason. Do so because in its welfare you will find yours!

Can we all hear this? Do we all hear this? Can we heed this divine advice? “Seek the welfare of the church where I have sent you and pray to the Lord on its behalf for in its welfare you will find yours?” Can we also hear the inscrutability embedded in the text? Or can we hear what Jeremiah doesn’t say to us today? Explanations as to the reasons for exile are not offered and the responsibilities for the exile are not named and will go unclaimed. The prophet doesn’t blame the elders, blind as they might have been. He doesn’t blame the priests, broken as they were. Nor does he blame the people, bewildered as they had become. For whatever the reasons – over and over again the texts of the bible patently refuse to tell us – the broken, the bewildered, the faithful and the recalcitrant alike must experience loss in order to be found by God – in order to find their way home. But they must and can only do so together, not apart. Not by blame can we ever ignite a divine flame.

Jeremiah was a prophet to the people of the exile. He wrote and he preached to people whose dominant reality was ambiguity about the future and mixed emotions about the past. Right? Regardless of the difference between the severities of the experience of the exiles in Babylon to whom Jeremiah preached and the people of St. Alban’s Church just now, like them we need a sustaining word, a word of hope, a word of strength. Thanks be to God we’ve been given that word today. We can’t hear it too many times. In fact I don’t think it’s possible to hear it enough: Dear people of St. Alban’s here is your call – Build houses and plant gardens and eat of their fruit. Build ministry. Build kindness. Build forgiveness. Build unity. Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Above all seek the welfare of the church to which I have sent you because in its welfare you will find yours. Thus sayeth the Lord.

Happy Monday,

Jim+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

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