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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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A Letter from our Rector and Senior Warden

01.18.22 | News, Staff, Connect, Worship

    Our rector, Geoffrey Hoare, will be stepping down from his position next September 30.

    Dear Friends,

    Earlier tonight our Vestry voted to affirm my decision to step down as your Rector, effective September 30, 2022. They also voted to initiate a search for your next Rector while I am still in place, thus avoiding a third disruptive interim period in recent memory. Ruthie Rhodes and Allyson Hoare will both be at university this fall. I will be nearing 65 years old. I will have served more than forty years in parish ministry. What a privilege it is for the last years to be in such a storied parish among such fabulous people. Making these decisions now allows for a smooth transition to the next season for our congregation.

    Come September, I will focus on taking leave from this wonderful community, saying ‘farewell’ to you, my friends, and taking pleasure in what we have accomplished together. In the meantime, there is much good work and ministry for us to do, including completing and celebrating our air handling work, re-opening our buildings, making good use of renovated spaces in Satterlee Hall and beginning planning for the future of the Warner Rectory. We will carry out this work while continuing to explore what vibrant mission and ministry will look like in a hybrid (in person and online) world, building attendance at both our English and Spanish services and all the while growing in faith together. We will be well placed to navigate a clergy leadership transition when the time comes.

    You will learn more about the search process following our parish meeting at the end of this month. The Diocese of Washington has a new, simplified, shortened and streamlined search process that is carried out by the Vestry (rather than a separate search committee) with the support of a team of diocesan facilitators.

    I’m sure you will have many questions in coming months and your Vestry, staff and I will do our best to answer them as they arise. You have often heard me offer a prayer of gratitude for those God gives us to love and serve. I remain profoundly grateful for my colleagues on our staff and for each and every one of you.

    With respect and affection,

    Geoffrey

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    Dear fellow parishioners,

    I know that you join me in wishing Geoffrey well in this next chapter of his life, and look forward to celebrating his ministry with us as we come closer to time to bid farewell. Change is always difficult, and we will be sad to see Geoffrey and his family leave our midst when that time comes. However, if we have learned anything from the pandemic, it is that we are a resilient bunch.

    Geoffrey’s leadership and steady hand, together with the dedication of our clergy, staff and lay leaders and the engagement and generosity of our congregation, have placed our parish in a position to attract the best of candidates to serve as our next rector. Work has already begun with the Diocesan staff who lead transitions, and you will learn more about the selection process used in the Diocese in which the Vestry serves as the search committee, once the new Vestry is in place in February. I have every confidence that either candidate for Senior Warden will ably and thoughtfully oversee that process.

    At a time when many churches are struggling, and the vicissitudes of the pandemic continue, St. Alban’s is spiritually strong, financially healthy, and adept at caring for each other and those around us. We are fortunate that we have been given 9 months to complete a discernment of who will continue to lead us, and that we will have Geoffrey with us for the “much good work and ministry” before us as we complete our capital improvements, hone our hybrid model of worship that will serve us long after Covid-19 dissipates, and continue to do all such good works as God has prepared for us to walk in.  

    With best regards,

    Ken Patterson
    Senior Warden