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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 

Weekly In-person Sunday Service Schedule (Please note: Service times may be changed during the seasons of Christmas and Lent and during the summer. Please refer to our calendar to confirm the times.):

8 a.m. (English) in the Church
9 a.m. (English) in the Church
11:15 a.m. (English) in the Church
11:15 a.m. (Spanish) in Nourse Hall (same building as the Church)

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. 

Weekly Live Sunday Services are live-streamed on our Youtube channel (St. Alban's DC) at 9 a.m. every Sunday, as is our Spanish service at 11:15 a.m. 

Evening Prayer Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom, join us for a time of reflection and sharing at the close of your busy day. Contact Paul Brewster for the link. 



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.)

How do you worship?

What time are services on Sunday morning?

How long do services last?

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Do you offer programs for children?

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Do you have provisions for the differently-abled?

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: This Fall, Children's Chapel meets during the first half of the 9:00 a.m. service in Nourse Hall (a spacious parish hall in the same building as the main worship space.) Kids and families join "big church" at the Peace so everyone can receive Communion together. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

Education: We've resumed our formation programs for the 2022-2023 period. Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Sunday School and Youth Group Classes are from 10:15 to 11:05 a.m.
  • Nursery, 2s & 3s, PreK to 1st Grade, 2nd to 3rd Grade, and 4th to 6th Grade all meet upstairs in Satterlee Hall. Youth classes meet downstairs in Satterlee Hall.
  • If you haven’t registered your child or teen yet, it’s not too late. Register in person at the start of class or click here

Questions? For children, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin at . For youth, contact the Rev’d Yoimel González Hernández at .

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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Planned giving

The Phoebe Nourse Legacy Society was created in 1996 to fund future mission and ministry through planned giving and to honor the original bequest that led to the founding of St. Alban’s Parish.

“St. Alban's has been a major and transforming presence in my life. Now I pray that my planned gift will be a small part of St. Alban's future" -- Legacy Society member 

In America’s early years, Phoebe Nourse’s grandfather settled on a hill overlooking the new District of Columbia.  The land reminded him of his former home in England.  He named it Mount St. Alban.  Phoebe had a dream that the first “free” Episcopal church in the area should be located on Mount St. Alban.  The only way she was able to pursue that dream was to earn money from knitting and sewing.  When she died, Phoebe left a will instructing that the proceeds from her life’s work be given for the construction of St. Alban’s Church.  Much of what we are now was born from this original act of planned giving.

"St. Alban's has given us so much over many years, and we hope that our bequest to the church will help the parish continue its ministry well into the future." -- Legacy Society member

You are invited to follow this path and the path of many fellow members of St. Alban's by remembering the church in your estate plans or by making a gift outright to the parish.

What is planned giving?

Planned giving describes a variety of ways to give financial gifts to St. Alban’s to fund the church’s future operations and ministry.  It often involves financial or estate planning.  It can reduce taxes.  But it’s not just for the wealthy.  All gifts are needed and appreciated.

How do I make a planned gift to St. Alban’s?

Planned gifts are most often made through bequests in wills – usually either a gift of a certain amount or a certain percentage of your estate.  In doing so, you will be true to the Book of Common Prayer’s admonition that “all persons … make wills, while they are in health, arranging for the disposal of their temporal goods, not neglecting, if they are able, to leave bequests for religious and charitable uses.”  (Book of Common Prayer, p. 445.)

But there are lots of ways to make planned gifts, including a gift in life, pooled income fund, charitable gift annuity, charitable lead trust, life insurance – even real estate.  The Episcopal Church Foundation has created a number of documents describing various forms of planned giving.

What do I do next?

Please consider this your invitation to fund the future of St. Alban’s.  As your first step, please contact Brian Bello, the parish Financial Coordinator, or any other member of the Planned Giving Committee.

Phoebe Nourse Legacy Society Members

Donald C. Alexander
Karl & Norma Bakke
Kitty & Birch Bayh
Margaret Belknap
Timothy A. Boggs
Jane Kochmann Brooks
Travis & Ann Brown
Kathryn S. Bouve
Paul E. Cawein
Carolyn Dejanikus
Betty F. Dooley
Carol Hamilton Duncan
Margery K. G. Dunn
Dee & Doug Dykstra
Margaret Easter
Elizabeth Fisher
Mary Elizabeth Ford
Helen Sachiko Hagemeyer
Susan Wright Harvey
Dennis & Linda Johnson
Danette Gentile Kauffman
Chris Larsen
Alverta Lewis
Quentin Lewis
Suzanne Mink
Alexander & Carol Netchvolodoff
Carl Nourse
Elizabeth B. Page
Jim & Sally Parker
Caroline Smith Parkinson
Rebecca Parks
Kenneth W. Patrum
Deborah Potter & Robert Witten
Isabel Conway Pryce
Robin Rudd
Louise St. Onge
Cameron H. Sanders
Elizabeth Schafer
Mary C. Schreiber
Robert A. Sellery, Jr.
Mary Diana Smith
Margaret Francine Morris Swift
Robert & Anne Smith
Earl & Karen Strimple
Sonya & Eugene Sutton
Richard & Johanna Turner
Mary Frances Varner
Elizabeth W. Volpe
Clifton F. Von Kann
Frank & Mary Wade
Hilda Sizer Warner
Nancy Usher Williams
Kathryn B. Wilson
Barbara T. Yeomans

None of the information regarding planned giving provided by St. Alban’s is intended as legal or tax advice.  Please consult your attorney or accountant to understand how planned gifts may affect your individual situation.