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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 - The Hymns We Carry

The Hymns We Carry

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on with 1 Comments

Sometimes we don’t know how we truly feel about something until we’re asked. Last Sunday we sang one of my favorite hymns, “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” My utter lack of a poker face is revealed every time I sing this; I inevitably end up beaming. When asked afterwards why I love it so much, my first response was that it was Owen Meany’s favorite hymn. (Owen is perhaps my favorite character in all of fiction, but more on that later.) Next came this: I got to take it with me when I left the church of my childhood.

I didn’t grow up on the Episcopal branch of the Christian family tree; I’m guessing many of you didn’t either.  My childhood and adolescence were spent in the Church of the Nazarene, an offshoot of the Methodists (who themselves share roots with us in the Church of England.) As a proud church in the Wesleyan tradition, Nazarenes sing all the old Charles Wesley hymns similarly kept for us in our Hymnal 1982: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” and so on.

But a lot of the hymns I grew up with simply aren’t sung much by Episcopalians.  I’m not sure why sometimes, apart from differences in temperament.  We tend to go for more stately hymns. Our hymns seem more comfortable in stained glass and stone than the tent revival hymns of my youth. Nazarenes sing more about heaven than we do, and they certainly sing more about the blood of Jesus than any group of Episcopalians I’ve ever known.   

Fortunately though, there are a few more non-Wesley hymns we share, including my old favorite. I’m not alone in loving it. In A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, the narrator’s mother dies while he is still a boy. At her funeral, his best friend Owen belts out this hymn, especially this verse (read the novel to know why it’s all in CAPS):

“CROWN HIM THE LORD OF LIFE, WHO TRIUMPHED O’ER THE GRAVE, AND ROSE VICTORIOUS IN THE STRIFE FOR THOSE HE CAME TO SAVE; HIS GLORIES NOW WE SING, WHO DIED AND ROSE ON HIGH, WHO DIED, ETERNAL LIFE TO BRING, AND LIVES THAT DEATH MAY DIE.”

Looking back, the narrator comments: “For when else, if not at the death of a loved one, do we most need to hear about the resurrection, about eternal life – about him who has risen?” And later, “That is the nature of hymns – they make us want to repeat them, and repeat them; they are a part of any service, and often the only part of a funeral service, that makes us feel that everything is acceptable.”

The imagery is odd for some, I know. We tend to think of Jesus in a borrowed stable in Bethlehem, on the dusty roads of Galilee, or on the hard wood of the cross; the only crown we can realistically picture on him is a crown of thorns. The images in the hymn come more from Revelation than the Gospels; they speak more to the Jesus we know after Easter than the one we knew before it.

Personally, when I think of Jesus as king, I picture neither fairy tales nor dictatorships. I imagine the kingdom he talked about actually existing on earth as it is in heaven and all who will be gathered there. I envision the time when sorrow and pain will be no more, when death will be no more – when Love will finally prove itself stronger than death. I let myself feel the “not yet” part of the kingdom even as we live in it now, and the glory of that can’t help but shine through a little.

How about you? Which hymns do you carry in your heart?

Peace,

Emily+

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Sue Ellen Ruetsch October 2, 2016 4:07pm

Sacred music is a strong bridge across the generations and Christian communities. Your mother is smiling, Emily.

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