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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

Visiting a church for the first time can be a bit daunting. So we have tried to put together the answers to some of the questions you’re likely to have and to ensure that you find a warm welcome here. Click on the questions to learn more.)

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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 - What Is to Be Done?

What Is to Be Done?

Posted by Ron Hicks on

At the forum this past Sunday at which the guest preacher at our 10 a.m. service, Ruby Sales, was also the speaker, that question – What is to be Done? – was raised several times in the Q and A period that followed her talk on the continued oppression of racial minorities in America. Indeed, that is the crucial question. I did not hear an answer that morning, but it came to me later in the day. I think it is simply this.

VOTE!

It is in the power of the people to change things by simply electing different people to office. Indeed, nothing will change until that happens. All the demonstrations, and marches and speeches will have no effect until the pent up frustrations are expressed by massive turnouts of the disaffected at polling places on election days.

Ah, but of course it isn’t quite that simple, is it? Action can’t wait until the day polls open No, first one must be registered. And there are deadlines for registration, sometimes a month or more before an election. So the simple act of voting must be preceded by the more difficult act of registering. New laws on voter identification have foreclosed many who do not have an acceptable form of identification. So yet another action must be taken before the act of registration – obtaining the acceptable form of identification.

It is common knowledge that there is now an open effort to make voting more difficult. There are tighter ID requirements, reduced hours and places for registering, and limitations on who can engage in registration activity. While abhorring the impulse behind this wave of restrictions – in the name of preventing voter fraud when there was no indication of such fraud – I can’t really find fault with procedures that in themselves will ensure the integrity of elections.

But those against whom the restrictions have been adopted need to fight the very battle that has been created. Each restriction must be met with a resolve to satisfy the requirement. If a new form of ID is required – get it. If the opportunities for registration have been curtailed – find out when and where they are and register. If the cutoff time for registration has been made earlier – find out when it is and register on time. If the hours for voting and the number of polling places have been reduced so that you will have to stand in line – be prepared to stand in line all day and into the night if necessary to cast your ballot. If you, because of residence outside a jurisdiction, are prohibited from engaging in voter registration (as has happened to the League of Women Voters in some places) you could still make a difference by driving people to registration locations. And on election days you can drive people to the polls.

Above all, churches should take the lead in educating people about voting requirements and in strengthening their resolve to engage the battle on its own terms, not by senseless acts of violence, but by registering and voting, no matter how inconvenient and difficult it is made to be. Churches might well return to the days when a parish was a geographic area, the spiritual care of which was their responsibility. Few things will improve the spiritual life of a parish as the recovery by all of its people of a sense of civic responsibility and an active and meaningful engagement in the established procedures that determine who  will wield the awesome powers of government to enact laws and to enforce them.

Wake up churches. The time to get the people in your care prepared for the next election is now.

Ron Hicks, Parish Verger, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC, 18-August-2015.

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