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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 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 - Weathering the Wild Goose

Weathering the Wild Goose

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on with 4 Comments

Last week I found myself co-leading the children’s programming at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC. Yes, it’s oddly named. The festival takes its name from a Celtic image for the Holy Spirit. If inclined to think of the Spirit of God in bird-like terms (not a given, I realize), our bird of choice tends to be the dove. Doves are thought to be gentle and peaceful. They even make a few well-timed biblical appearances – at the tail end of the flood, for instance, or at Jesus’ baptism.

A wild goose is a less obvious choice. Wild geese are unpredictable. They are quite capable of biting those who try to contain them. Their call can be unsettling and disruptive. On some level, this fits what we know (or suspect) about God and God’s call. As C.S. Lewis points out about Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:

"One day you'll see him and another you won't. He doesn't like being tied down--and of course he has other countries to attend to. It's quite all right. He'll often drop in. Only you mustn't press him. He's wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.”

Such was my experience of the Spirit of God last week. I was forced to set aside most of my typically successful Type A coping mechanisms and let the time be what it would be. Any illusions of control vanished when a torrent of rain flooded the Kids Tent Wednesday night. Only half of our scheduled volunteers showed up by Thursday night. We had 100 kids coming the next day and, equipped with what felt like sadly inadequate resources, we plunged ahead anyway.

And the Spirit came through. The ground soaked up the rain, more volunteers came, crafts were made, stories were told, and children and adults got to wonder together about the nature of God. On Friday, we wondered about the gifts of creation as they’re laid out for us in Genesis 1. Where exactly does music fall, for instance? One child and I explored this question together after the story. Is there music in light? Are the sounds of water and rushing leaves music? Do stars make sounds when they explode, and if so, can we call that music? The child finally decided that music must be in every day of creation – because he couldn’t imagine a God-given world without it. Neither can I, to be honest.

Speaking of music, on Saturday night, I got to hear the Indigo Girls live. They sang one of my favorites – “The Wood Song.” Included in the lyrics are the following lines:

Sometimes I ask to sneak a closer look
Skip to the final chapter of the book
And then maybe steer us clear from some of the pain it took
To get us where we are this far, this far

But the question drowns in its futility
Even I have got to laugh at me
No one gets to miss the storm of what will be
Just holding on for the ride

But the wood is tired, and the wood is old
And we'll make it fine, if the weather holds
But if the weather holds, we'll have missed the point
That's where I need to go

We don’t get to miss the storms. We can’t plan our way out of them.  Storms happen whether we’re ready for them or not. Sometimes the Spirit leads us right into them, in fact. That’s what happens when we follow a wild God. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it’s the lessons we learn as we’re weathering the storms together that makes the journey worthwhile. May it be so – in this and every storm.

Peace,

Emily+

Comments

Bob Sellery July 15, 2016 9:58am

Thank you for adding the Celtic image for the Holy Spirit, Wild Goose. I see more wild geese than doves.

Jo July 15, 2016 10:04am

God's wildness is what I need in my life and in these times. Thank you.

Jim Tate July 15, 2016 10:31am

The Celtic version of God as a Wild Goose is developed further in a book by Mark Batterson. In his book Wild Goose Chase (Multnomah Books), Batterson leads Christians on the road to rediscover the untamed adventure of pursuing God. Before I go further, I do not recommend the book because Pastor Batterson knows less about other animals than he thinks he knows about humans. He compares caged animals (in modern zoos) to wild animals as comparable to tamed Christians vs free thinking people. To be brief, he is using an incorrect comparison to describe a human attempt to correct ecological and behavioral impositions imposed by mankind on a few species. I appreciate your Daily Cup: thank you. But there is much more to be said on this subject. Thank you for a vivid description of the challenges you faced over the weekend and your ultimate success. -TATE

Emily Griffin July 15, 2016 11:45am

Thanks Jim for adding to the discussion! You're right - there's a lot more to be said. I need to bone up on my knowledge of wild geese before deepening the comparison, for one. Open to the wisdom of others on that front! Jo - I'm glad you're in a place where the wildness of God feels like a gift. And Bob - part of the fun of this image is the ubiquity of geese. Another way to find an image of God in the everyday...

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