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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

Please note: In-person services are temporarily suspended.

We invite you to join us for on-line worship on Sundays beginning at 8:00 a.m., in English and Spanish on our YouTube page

 

 

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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Grappling with Racial Injustice

01.29.21 | Faith, Formation, Learn

Grappling with Racial Injustice

    A four-part adult formation series via Zoom, part of St. Alban's commitment to the work of racial healing and reconciliation and to becoming the Beloved Community.

    Grappling with Racial Injustice 
    Tuesday Evenings: February 2, 16 and March 2, 16  

    Traces of the Trade
    Tuesday, February 2, 7-8 pm


    Katrina Browne produced and directed Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, a documentary about her slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island, the hidden history of New England’s complicity in slavery and her family’s reckoning with questions of privilege and repair.  The film contributed to the Episcopal Church’s 2006 decision to apologize and atone for its role in slavery.  Katrina has presented the film to schools, universities, museums, faith institutions, and professional conferences.  She co-founded The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery to help improve how slavery is taught and interpreted.  Since 2018, Katrina has worked for the Episcopal Church as a consultant on their Becoming Beloved Community racial justice and healing initiatives as well as developing sessions for the Sacred Ground dialogue series. Katrina shared her story of making the film and offer reflections on Sacred Ground. Here are some additional reading suggestions and resources from the session.



    Finding a Way Forward
    Tuesday, February 16, 7-8 pm

    “Finding a Way Forward” with Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta: When faced with uncomfortable truths about  ourselves, our families, or our nation, we may find ourselves lost and feeling uneasy. How do we form new narratives that bring us closer to becoming the beloved community? What do we do, as individuals, and how can we find our way during times that call for systemic change? Dr. Meeks is the Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-cultural Studies and Sociology emerita from Wesleyan College, the publisher of seven books, a frequent commentator on Georgia Public Radio, and leader of workshops addressing issues of racism. She characterizes herself as a midwife to the soul of her students and workshop participants. And she led off with this challenging perspective: If we are afraid of difference, of anything that is not the status quo, it is because we have not confronted things inside of ourselves.



    Slavery and the Old School Tie
    Tuesday, March 2, 7-8 pm

    “Slavery & the Old School Tie: Shouldering Responsibility for an Alma Mater’s Role in the Slave Trade” with Richard Cellini, Founder & Secretary, the Georgetown Memory Project. In 1838, the Jesuit order of Georgetown University sold 272 enslaved people to raise money to expand the College. Mr. Cellini will examine Georgetown University’s deep complicity in the antebellum slave economy, and its implication for Georgetown and other esteemed institutions of higher learning today.  He will seek to answer (and not just ask) the hard question:  What can and should institutional leaders do for future generations to mitigate the sins of the past?  He will also make the case for the voluntary payment of large-scale financial reparations by non-profit institutions with legacy connections to slavery; and will propose an innovative framework for consolidating and maximizing the social impact of these payments at the national level.



    I (A) AM...
    Tuesday, March 16, 7-8 pm

    The Reverend Demett Jenkins is the Lilly Director of Education and Engagement for Faith-Based Communities of the International African American Museum (IAAM).  Opening in 2022, the museum is being constructed on Charleston’s own Sacred Ground:  Gadsden’s Wharf, a place Henry Louis Gates Jr. refers to as “the Ellis Island for African Americans,” is the site where 48% of all African slaves first entered the United States.   Our presenter from IAAM, Demett Jenkins, grew up in Charleston and is from a family that was prominent during the Civil Rights era in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Demett will conclude our series by leading us in a conversation about our own truths and ask us, “When were our thoughts and feelings about race formed?”  “How do they influence our experience today?”

    All sessions will be conducted on Zoom.  Zoom links will be sent by email before each session. Click here to join our email list.