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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

SUNDAY SERVICES (after Labor Day through May)
8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite I (spoken)

9:00  a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II

                        Children's Chapel

11:15 a.m.      Misa in Español (Little Sanctuary)

11:15 a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II (Rite I during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter)

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 9:00 a.m.  Daily Morning Prayer

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.                                    Holy Eucharist: Rite II

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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Faith Talk - The Mess Before the Glory

The Mess Before the Glory

Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on

There's a frisson of excitement in the air in our church this Fall, a sound of hammers and a scent of turpentine. We are moving our church school students into lovely new rooms, and a team of painters are working madly to prepare the space in time. 

   Painting seems like a simple thing, but it always astonishes me how messy things need to get before they look good again. Two days before the former occupants of those rooms moved out, you'd have seen a cheerful, bright preschool. But the day after, there was dirt and dust, discarded furniture, things attached to the walls that we did not need. And so, in the process of getting the rooms ready, a team of volunteers went up there and removed things -- and that work spilled paint, left holes in the walls, made things look a whole lot worse than they ever had before. And yet, it was necessary. It was part of the transformation.

Changing our lives is like that, too. Yesterday, Jo Turner wrote about thin places, the places where we find that holiness breaks into our lives. (In my own experience, there are also "thin people," people who consistently bring grace to my soul.) I need those places and those people; I seek them out like one seeking water. But if holiness really does break in, often there's a mess to follow.

Sometimes -- some precious times -- all that follows is love and grace and mercy. More often, we need to make space for that love in our lives and in our hearts, or, rather, God does. And so what follows is deconstruction: taking apart, but by bit, the hard edges of our hearts: the cynicism, the self-protective behaviors, the scar tissue left by previous disappointments. 

And this can hurt. It can hurt because we are being expanded; we are being made large in love. A few years ago, one of my god-children used to wake in the middle of the night, whimpering. It turned out that he was experiencing growing pains; he was getting taller so quickly that his bones actually ached. (I had always thought that "growing pains" was a metaphor, but then, I'm small.) When we respond to the touch of grace, we, too can hurt; it takes courage to dare, to risk, to take off the old armor, piece by piece; to reach for a freedom and a wholeness we have never known.

But that's what it means to learn to love.

Today, the walls of our schoolrooms are smooth again, and they radiate a cheerful and comforting blue. Crisp white trim is being added, and furniture is waiting to be brought in. Looking at it all, you'd see the very picture of order, calm, and cheer. You'd never know what that space looked like two weeks ago, and you don't need to.

But here's the thing: pretty much every person you know who is a "thin space" -- every person you know who lives with extraordinary generosity and an open heart -- has been through that kind of transformation. The beauty in our lives most often comes from living through pain with great love. Our Savior Christ did not turn away from that exchange; he made his glory shine from the Cross, so that we, too, might shine.

Today, if you are walking through that struggle, keep walking. Put one foot in front of the other and keep walking. But first, fix your eyes on love, which is our first, best, last horizon. And if you are not in that place of painful transformation, if you are with people you love, if your life is in the sun, think back on those times you have struggled. Think back on them and own them. Give thanks for the person you have become. Pray for the person you are yet to be. Pray for that person with eager expectation. Because you are in God's hands, and you're gonna be beautiful.

 

Tags: beauty, christ, demolition, glory, love, mess, painting, transformation

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