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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 - With spit and baling wire

With spit and baling wire

Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on with 1 Comments

The strangest Independence Day party I ever attended was held in London in the early 1990s. I was spending the summer in London, doing an internship at a development bank, which is a fancy way to say that I'd found a way to spend some time in a world-class city, and I intended to make the most of it.

   A bit before July 4th, I received (for no apparent reason) an invitation to celebrate American Independence Day at the home of the Canadian Ambassador. There was no indication how I had come to their notice, and, likewise, no explanation for why the Canadian Ambassador was inviting stray Americans to celebrate American independence. Either way, I had no other plans and had never before had the opportunity to attend a party at an Ambassador's residence, so of course I accepted. 

   When I arrived, it was clear that the wife of the Canadian Ambassador had embraced this project with great enthusiasm. For months ahead of time, she had wheedled everyone she knew who was visiting the United States to bring back something special, and so there were American-flag paper plates and American-flag napkins and real Toll House morsels for real American chocolate chip cookies. The only thing lacking was furniture -- any furniture. It turned out that the residence had been burgled the night before, and the thieves had made off with sofas, tables, chairs, televisions: if it could be moved, it was gone. But the Ambassador's wife was made of stern stuff, and so the party went on -- dozens of people standing in empty rooms, eating delicious food and chatting up a storm. The whole thing took on an aspect of bonding through adversity, and, truth to tell, it was probably a lot more fun than it would have been under better circumstances. 

   The birth of our nation, too, had a bit of that improvisational quality to it: men and women doing the best they could under tough circumstances, trying to hold together a revolution with spit and baling wire until they could figure this thing out: arms, trade, cooperation between states, what it might look like to be free.

    At its best, discipleship is like that, too. Figuring out what it might look like to follow Jesus, one prayer, one act, one step at a time. Pretending we are the people we would like to become, until the presence comes to feel natural and we realize we have grown into a new identity. Trusting grace with one small risk, then another, until we are able to dare great things for God. Figuring out what it might look like to be healed, to be made whole, to be free.

St. Paul writes, "For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." (Gal 5:1) It's empowering and frightening all at the same time. Freedom means we are partners with God, co-creators of the world in which we live, and freedom means we can mess that world up right good. Freedom means we are not bound by senseless rules, and freedom means we cannot simply depend on rules, but must use our own agency. There are so many ways to fall back into slavery: addiction, consumerism, malice, lying, scheming, mis-using the love we have been given, trading Christ for the promise of security. But the God who has given us this freedom is himself bound: bound to us by the law of love that is God's very nature. So let us bind ourselves to one another in the free gift of love offered and love received. It is the only thing that can save us from slavery.

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Bob Sellery July 6, 2016 11:19am

Deborah, outstanding transition from a 4th of July celebration in London to scripture about freedom. Always a pleasure to drink from your cup.

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