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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, 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 - These are the days of miracles and wonders

These are the days of miracles and wonders

Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on

A few years ago, my friend Drew went down to the post office because he needed to mail a package. When he got there, the place was full, the line snaking out the door. It turned out that one the postage scales was broken, and the people behind the desk couldn't help anyone until they managed to get it working again. They poked at it and prodded it, while the mood in the room grew darker. Finally, one person, who noticed Drew's clergy collar, challenged him, "Why don't you pray for it, Padre"? The room laughed, and Drew, grinning, laid his hands on the ailing machine and prayed. He didn't expect it to come humming to life at that very moment, so he was as surprised as anyone else when it did. Since then, he has laid hands on a radio and a car, with similar results. It's disconcerting. 

I was thinking about this largely because I've been reading Marilynne Robinson. She pointed out in an essay that strange disconnect between the world as we experience it and the world as we now know  it to be. Our everyday world works just fine using principles of physics that have been well known since the days of Newton. Things fall because of gravity. A resting object stays at rest. An object placed on an inclined surface tends to slide down. The floor holds us up when we stand on it. The sun rises, every day. 

What's amazing about that world, which behaves in ways we understand, is that it is the merest skin on a world so strange most of us cannot begin to conceive it. That solid floor is mostly empty space. Quarks, leptons, antileptons, and antiquarks dance within the matter of our very bodies. We cannot know both the location and the momentum of even one particle, never mind of the universe. This whole cosmos appears to be composed of mystery: of things which exceed our understanding. And yet, the world works. We can predict it. 

A few weeks ago, I was on the deck of a boat in Maine, looking for whales. After a while, a puff of white vapor appeared on the horizon and we moved toward it. As we approached, a great black curve broke the water, then dived, then emerged again. It went on for more than an hour. Sometimes, it would dive deep and we would not know where it would re-emerge. Other times, it strung shallow dives like pearls on a cord. It was, apparently, a fin whale, which is the second-largest animal on earth, but we could see it only in glimpses: a blowhole, a small bit of the back, the baleful hint of an eye. 

Why do we think we can see this world whole, if we cannot see even one creature as it truly is? And yet, how impoverishing if we should cease to try. Why do we think we can see God whole, when most of the time we cannot even understand ourselves? And yet, our limited vision does not mean God is not there. It means we need to grow in our ability to see, to keep alert for hints and glances, and, perhaps, to accept that we will never see everything at once.

For me, that's OK. Seeing that whale, even in partial glimpses, was magical. Thinking about quarks is an entry to wonder. Neither begins to approach the mystery of the human heart. I'd rather live in a world I cannot understand than blinker my mind and convince myself that I do know everything. The world is not made to our measure, and neither is God.

That, in itself, is mercy.

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