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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, we believe that a child’s spiritual growth is just as important as their physical and intellectual growth. Our goal is to help children name and value the presence and love of God in their lives. We do this through a variety of means – by providing stable and consistent adult mentors, encouraging strong peer relationships, and supporting parents in their families’ faith lives at home.

Worship: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service. Starting in September 2021, Children’s Chapel with Communion will be held outdoors on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

Education: All church school classes resume the Sunday after Labor Day with our annual Open House. Instruction starts the following Sunday.

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.

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 - The Generosity of Prayer

The Generosity of Prayer

Posted by Jo Turner on with 3 Comments

In many churches, fall means a focus on stewardship as preparation for the annual pledge campaign. St. Alban’s focus this year is a little different. Stewardship, by definition, says that we are responsibly managing what does not belong to us. In church parlance, all things come from God and we use the right portion of those gifts to fulfill the mission of the Church.

Rev’d. Geoffrey, however, is talking about generosity in its many forms. Generosity encompasses grace, virtue, service, goodwill, compassion, magnanimity and love. And while we certainly must be good stewards, being generous can mean changing who we are. I believe that prayer is part of the generosity package. 

We’ve heard so many expressions of “sending thoughts and prayers” to the too many who are suffering from the current list of calamities. I’m hoping there is follow-through on those statements, but it can also be an easy thing to say before turning our attention back to the ball game. I imagine that each of us has been guilty of this at least once, I know I have.  

On Saturday, my husband was going through a stack of papers and came across a treasure. Some years ago, our family went through a very dark time, and hope for a positive outcome was fading fast. Although we are private people, we spoke openly about our fears to others, and often they responded with a pledge of prayers. I soon started a list of the praying-people and kept it visible on my computer desktop—the same list that Rich found Saturday. The list continued to grow, and churches that included us in their prayers were added, churches in other parts of the country and one in Bratislava. I read over those names several times a day to feel their reassuring embrace, knowing that these friends would honor their promise. 

I don’t believe for a minute that God counts the number of offered prayers and is swayed. But I know that this list of loving pray-ers and their prayers saved me. There was probably other saving going on, but I can only speak for myself.

The promise of dedicated, purposeful prayers for another is a compassionate, grace-filled act of generosity. It changes the pray-er and the one prayed for in the mystery of faith. Praying for others opens our hearts to even more ways to be generous. Sharing one’s vulnerability and asking another for prayer is a generous invitation to be in a new relationship, to be of service. When someone asks me to pray for them, I receive that request as a gift. 

I will hold on to that list as a reminder that generosity can be transforming. 

Comments

Linda V October 11, 2017 9:59am

Thank you, Jo. So wonderful you found that list. I don't like the term "sending prayers", because they aren't really like emails..."holding you in prayer" sounds like more of a personal commitment.

Eileen October 23, 2017 5:07pm

Thanks for this perspective, Jo. I'm guessing that that promise made to someone is in itself an act of intention, and a prayer. Maybe prayers don't have to be lengthy, just deeply sincere, to be profound, and heard. Hope so!

Eileen October 23, 2017 5:08pm

Thanks for this perspective, Jo. I'm guessing that that promise made for someone is in itself an act of intention, and a prayer. Maybe prayers don't have to be lengthy, just deeply sincere, to be profound, and heard. Hope so!

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