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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.)

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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: 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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A Message from the Senior Warden on Ingathering Sunday

11.14.23 | News | by Ted Swett

    Our Senior Warden, Ted Swett, delivered this message on Sunday, November 12, 2023.

    Today, we are blessing the pledges that have already been forthcoming in our annual stewardship appeal. On behalf of our Vestry, I want to extend special thanks to Suzy Mink and Ty Holden for leading the campaign this year. and to all of you have stepped up thus far to support this vital effort.

    To borrow a famous phrase, though, this is not the end of the campaign, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning. The campaign is ongoing, so indulge me please in a word to those who are in the habit of pledging but have not yet done so this year and more especially to those who have not yet gotten into the habit. 

    I hope everyone in the pews or watching online feels, as I do, the pulse of renewed life coursing through this parish.

    As Bertie has launched his ministry here, it's been great to see longtime parishioners reaching out to support him and the entire Pearson family and to enfold them in the embrace of our parish community.

    And it's been especially exciting to have many new folks in church. Every Sunday I'm seeing unfamiliar faces -- and if you're one of these, I can't wait to meet you and help you get to know St. Alban's. 

    Our parish has the makings of a very bright future in store -- and it will realize that future if we all pull together.

    In this context, I view this year's annual pledge campaign as a great opportunity to build on this momentum with a fresh sense of gratitude and hope: Gratitude for the many blessings we enjoy in this church. Hope that in 2024 and the years beyond we can magnify even more -- individually and as a faith community -- the love and service we render to God, to one another, and to our neighbors beyond the bounds of our parish.

    We have so many things to be grateful for here. Let me cite a few:

    • For Geoffrey's leadership in preparing us for this new phase in the life of STA.
    • For Emily’s stepping up to lead us in the transition, for her fostering of our children’s education in the faith and for her challenging messages from the pulpit.
    • For Yoimel's prodigious priestly gifts, including his rapport with our youth and our Latino brothers and sisters.
    • For our marvelous vocal and instrumental musicians and our superlative music director.
    • For the volunteers who collectively devote hundreds -- I dare say -- thousands of hours supporting our programs and missions and all the work that goes into STA’s keeping on keeping on.
    • For all the parishioners whose generosity has made it possible for St. Alban's to allocate in its operating budget some $247,000 in outreach for three years running, directly to other charities and indirectly through our contributions to the Diocese -- not to mention a roughly equal amount in economic benefits conferred by making our buildings available rent-free to Iona, AA, and others.
    • For last year's Vestry’s calling of Bertie to be our Rector and for his and Rahel’s acceptance of our invitation to throw in their lot with us.
    • For the overflowing enthusiasm, skill and insight with which Bertie has jumped into his position as our new leader.

    In the year to come, you can depend on this: Every Sunday and throughout every week of the year, the efforts of all these folks and others I've not mentioned will combine to provide you the opportunity to deepen your faith through worship and service.

    All those who serve need to be able to depend on all of us to provide the resources it takes for the church to be what the church should be.

    Pledging is one way -- a key way -- in which we can all provide that assurance.

    And when you think of it, pledging is a way to serve, too.  They say that money is like labor service stored up and congealed in amber.  So if you have stored up a lot, take joy in pledging proportionally. 

    If your means are modest, a small pledge will be just as meaningful and will be received with joy and gratitude. 

    Either way, your pledge will stand as a commitment of productive energy, given over to the service of our Lord and your neighbor through the church -- in the words of the prayer book, an offering and a sacrifice to God. And also a way of joining hands with your fellow parishioners to build on the momentum of this new phase in our shared life of faith.

    Thanks very much.  God bless us all, and God bless St. Alban's.

    Ted Swett

    November 12, 2023