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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 Price of Home

The Price of Home

Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on with 3 Comments

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile 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.  (Jer 29:4-7)

The Daily Cup has a wide circulation, and I usually write my posts bearing in mind that many of our readers have never set foot in the parish I serve. Today, however, I am writing mostly for them, for the simple reason that I announced my resignation yesterday. I will be leaving in mid-November, and that means that I and this parish that I love and people whom I love are all wrestling with the first few moments of transition.

Transitions are tough. Few people like them. Even when we're moving out of a hard place, the familiar has a strong hold on us. We human beings are resilient, and part of that resilience is making routines.  They give structure and comfort to our lives, and we don't like it when they are broken. That's why Jeremiah's letter to the exiles in Babylon, which we will hear this Sunday, is one of my favorite pieces of scripture: it has a lot of wisdom for when we are feeling uprooted. 

Jeremiah was writing to a group of people who had just lost their homeland, their neighborhoods, their friends, and who were living in a foreign land under foreign domination. It would have been easy for them to have become resentful and bitter, to have led sullen little lives marked by sullen little choices, a people apart who refused to do the hard work of rooting themselves in place again. But the Lord, speaking through Jeremiah, puts paid to all that. He says, "Make homes. Make gardens. Make families. You did not choose this place, but this is your life, and it's the only life you have. Live it!"

I love that. In my adult life, I have lived in six cities, scattered up and down both coasts. Some, I have loved. With others, I never connected. When I left Los Angeles, I realized that I had been so unwilling to consider staying there that I had never even learned the names of the trees that grow there. (Other than eucalyptus. Everyone knows eucalyptus.) I had never invested in that city, and it never became home.

When things become unsettled, there is always a temptation to play it safe -- to stay in your space with your few people and let the big world take care of itself. There is always that temptation, but if you do it, wherever you are will never become home. 

It is precisely the work of rooting yourself when soil becomes rocky, of clinging to people who are imperfect, knowing that's what they are, that makes a strange place into a beloved community. It is the work of committing to one another that makes love happen. That's what covenant is about: making a commitment that endures, not because you don't need to make the promise, but because you know that you do.

These may seem like strange words to write when I have said I am going to leave, but you, my beloved community, will need to work to stay. At its heart, a parish should never be about the bonds between a community and any one leader, but about the bonds within the community itself. Those bonds are what shapes our hearts, challenges them and breaks them and opens them to grace. The people of God are the gifts of God: we make one another holy. 

There comes a time in every relationship when it feels all wrong. When you look up from doing the dishes, and you hear your spouse's voice, and think, "this is not my life." Or when you look at the kids squabbling in the kitchen for the nineteenth night in a row, and think, "I've had enough." In those times, Jesus says, This is your home, even when it may not feel like home. This is your family, even if you might prefer another one right now. These are your people; they have chosen you, even if right now you do not feel like choosing them. 

And all this rests on the most astonishing thing of all: that Jesus has chosen all of us, and we are bound up in one another, come what may. There is no exile. In Christ, it is all home.

 

 

 

 

Tags: change, commitment, covenant, exile, heart, home, jeremiah, jesus, root, transition

Comments

Marty October 5, 2016 4:53pm

When all is said and done, the St. Alban's family is my family. This is home. This is where Monica and I belong.

Anonymous October 5, 2016 10:01pm

Beautifully written, honestly prophetic.
Of course, because in Christ, we are home, which means that when we leave a place, we leave land, but our home abides.

Kristie Hassett October 6, 2016 4:34pm

Deborah,
As always (and I really do mean always), you have written a beautiful, thoughtful meditation for us. Thank you.

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