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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

SUNDAY SERVICES (after Labor Day through May)
8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite I (spoken)

9:00  a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II

                        Children's Chapel

11:15 a.m.      Misa in Español (Little Sanctuary)

11:15 a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II (Rite I during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter)

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 9:00 a.m.  Daily Morning Prayer

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.                                    Holy Eucharist: Rite II

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 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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03.28.20 | News, Connect

    What's new at St. Alban's? Read on for Vestry updates and other news from the St. Alban's community.

    LOOKING AHEAD TO HOLY WEEK

    March 29, 2020

    Given that we’re still not able to gather together physically, we have had to make numerous changes to our Holy Week services this year. Many of you who have made service during Holy Week part of your spiritual practice – whether by singing, acolyting, setting the altar, arranging flowers, serving as lay readers, or helping people to and from their pews – won’t be able to do so this year. For that, we are deeply sorry. There is no substitute for the community gathered in person in prayer. We know that.

    But we will still do what is most important as we follow Jesus on the way of the cross through death to new life this upcoming Holy Week (April 5-12). We will say our prayers. We will hear Scripture and meditate on its meaning for our lives. We will listen to sacred music and draw closer to the holy.

    We will post virtual worship services online each day of Holy Week at 8 a.m., starting with Palm Sunday. (For those who will miss getting up early on Easter morning, we will post our modified Vigil at 6 a.m.!)

    More details to come in next week’s email.

    CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC RESPONSE

    March 22, 2020

    We are slowly adjusting to life in the age of coronavirus. Our vestry has met via Zoom, as have enquirers’ classes, GIFT and other groups. We are slowly becoming more adept at using technology, but we live aware that it can all come to a halt when one or more of your clergy and staff have to self-quarantine.

    For this week we have added music to our English liturgy posted on the website and will be adding a platform--our YouTube channel--that might work better for those of you without strong WiFi connections. We are thinking ahead as to what we can offer for Holy Week, Easter and beyond. As you know, p
    er the Bishop's instructions we are now closed until at least May 16 unless something changes.

    We are looking at financial models for ensuring our continued ability to operate going forward, making sure that our giving continues and that our people are paid.

    We encourage you to support organizations in which we have been engaged but cannot serve as volunteers. They welcome financial support and in-kind donations during this challenging in-between time:

    Christ House

    Salvation Army Grate Patrol

    SOME (So Others Might Eat)

    As we all adjust to these extraordinary days, please do let us know of any needs you have which your parish community can meet. We have a team of healthy volunteers ready, able and willing to help.

    MARCH VESTRY NEWS

    by Senior Warden Ken Patterson

    The March meeting of your Vestry was convened virtually, utilizing Zoom technology that allowed us to see each other’s faces (and find that social distancing had not yet taken too great a toll on us!). It was great to reconnect in these uncertain times with this dedicated group of St. Albanites. We began the evening by Geoffrey checking in with each Vestry member to ascertain their state of well-being during the pandemic. I am happy to report that 100% of Vestry members were electronically present and checked in as being well, along with all the Clergy. 
     
    Treasurer Hollis McLaughlin reminded us that our finances were in very good shape during these difficult times that will hit many churches hard.  Doug Dykstra is monitoring our cash flow closely. Our pledge income was strong in January, and historically St. Albanites have honored their pledges even in times of adversity. Our current liquid assets are adequate to meet our regular expenses for months.
     
    The one area in which our yearly budget may suffer relates to “parish support” (money that comes in from the offering plate rather than through pledges).  I would ask those of you who have historically donated to St. Alban’s in this method to consider, as you are able, not letting your contributions lapse because you aren’t able to drop them in the plate. Please consider making a pledge for this unusual year, or donate your traditional amount by mailing in a check each week.  

    In other financial business, the Vestry approved placing an additional $15,000 bequest from the estate of Heather Karen Hunt in the Special Fund for Christian Social Ministries, and allotting a $28,277 bequest from the estate of Evelyn Y. Davis between the Endowment (80%) and the Reserve Fund (20%).
     
    The Vestry approved the Parochial Report, an annual report to the Diocese regarding the number of parishioners, our income and expenses.
     
    Vestry members praised the recorded Eucharists in Spanish and English that were made available last week. The merits of airing a recorded service vs. a live-streamed one were discussed, as were current plans to possibly add music. Emily Griffin plans to explore recommendations that a children-friendly service (such as a recorded Godly-Play lesson) be offered. More to come, particularly as to efforts under development to provide for as meaningful a slate of Holy Week services as can be made possible in our current reality. 
     
    Finally, Geoffrey announced that the refreshing of Trenbath (painting, floor refinishing, etc.) previously funded by the Vestry would not be delayed by the church closure. The contractors stand ready to begin. In addition, this refurbishment will somewhat smoother given that Trenbath is currently not in use by IONA or other groups. We anticipate that the water infiltration work will also be able to begin while the church is closed.
     
    In closing, one observation that threaded throughout the meeting was how much we missed seeing one another and all of you.  Please take care of yourselves and each other. On that note, Jim Quigley remarked how many folks have already volunteered to help meet the needs recently arising from fellow parishioners. We are surely all in this together. 

    Expanded summaries of this and previous Vestry meetings can be found here.

    SUPER CHILI

    Our J2A youth group cooked up two massive batches of delicious chili, both meat and vegetarian, for Super Bowl Sunday. Thanks to them for their handiwork in the kitchen and to all members of the parish who bought or donated quarts of chili and cornbread. More photos are in this gallery

    The proceeds from the annual chili sale helps to fund the J2A pilgrimage. Stay tuned for this group's decision on where they plan to go in 2021.

    ELECTION RESULTS

    The following were elected by voting members of the parish on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

    Junior Warden (three-year term)
    Trevor (Ted) Swett III
     
    Vestry Members (three-year terms)

    Carol A. Aschenbrener
    Rachel Colson
    Lisa Garnett
    Karina Rodriguez

    We are deeply grateful to these parishioners and to all who agreed to stand for election.

    HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE

    It looks as if we will have the minimum 20 pilgrims necessary to make our journey to the Holy Land May 21 - June 1, 2020. The Rev'd Jim Quigley and the Rev'd Luis Leon will lead the trip.

    Several of us will also participate in a pre-pilgrimage to Jordan, departing the U.S. on May 18th and visiting Petra, St. Savior's School in Zarka and the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt.

    We can accommodate up to 35 pilgrims for the main pilgrimage and the deadline for registration with a $500.00 deposit is Thursday, January 30th. Non-members of St. Alban's are welcome.If you are interested in learning more contact the Rev'd Jim Quigley.

    BILINGUAL EUCHARIST

    Our entire St. Alban’s community is invited to worship together on January 26 following our annual meeting. What better way to demonstrate our essential unity across differences as the body of Christ?

    We will pray and sing in both English and Spanish. Don’t worry – the bulletin will be in both languages, and we are not going to say everything twice.

    Join us after we conclude the business of the parish by worshiping as one parish in two languages.

    PLEDGE CAMPAIGN UPDATE

    by Walker Carter & Suzy Mink, 2020 Stewardship Chairs.

    Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have made a financial commitment to St. Alban’s for the New Year.  Each and every pledge is vitally important to our parish life. We’re pleased to report that the 2020 pledge campaign crossed a significant milestone this week:  We’ve topped last year’s campaign!  Dollars pledged for 2020 stand at $1,325,340, which is 2% more than last year.  This is very good news.  Thank you so much for your generosity!

    But there is still work to be done.  We’ve heard from 274 households so far but we need to hear from 30 more to match the 304 pledges from last year.  If you haven’t yet pledged, please consider doing so today.  There are many ways to pledge:  Pledge forms are available on the pledge table in Nourse Hall; you can pledge online on the church’s website or you can   or call Doug Dykstra, our Director of Finance.  Also, if you’ve already pledged and are considering increasing your pledge, please let us know.  So far, of those households who were able to increase their giving, the average increase is an astonishing 18%! We’re very excited about 2020 at St. Alban’s and hope you are too.  Please make your pledge today. 

    2020 pledge envelopes are available for pick-up in Nourse Hall.  As you know, on the first Sunday of each January pledge envelopes are available to those households that have made a pledge and requested envelopes. 

    CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS

    Our annual celebration and community dinner was full of joy and beauty, from the faces of our guests and our many volunteers to the gorgeous flowers and uplifting music and inspiring preaching that filled the sanctuary. Thank you, thank you to all who played a part, and especially to dinner organizers Tricia Pinkard, Suzy Mink and Phoebe Jane Winthrop and to our flower guild. 

    You may have heard the story of one guest who, struggling with deep sadness on Christmas Day thought that walking by the Cathedral would lift some of his gloom.  As he walked down Wisconsin Avenue, he saw the sign for our dinner, saying 'everyone is welcome."  He thought a moment, knew  he was an "everyone,"  so he took the risk and walked through our doors.  You should have seen his delight and joy in finding a warm, inviting and delicious place to be on Christmas Day.  

    A selection of photos is online here. If you have any additional photos to share, please send them to Deborah Potter and she'll make sure they are posted.

    PONDERING MARY

    Our Advent forum series, "Waiting with Mary," brought English and Spanish-speaking parishioners together for a wonderful potluck lunch. Parishioners brought a favorite image of Mary and shared why it is meaningful to them. The images included pictures and statues from various home countries represented in our parish as well as from classical art. We've posted photos in this gallery.

    Many thanks to Karina Rodriguez and the Rev'd Emily Griffin for coordinating the event. 

    Recordings of the forum series, which looks at Mary in the Gospels, in music and in art, are posted here as they become available. 

    GENEROUS GIFTS

    Did you volunteer at the Op Shop or buy something there or bring in donations this year? Look at the good you did!

    In 2019, WSA awarded $209,200 from Op Shop proceeds to the following 35 agencies: A Wider Circle, Calvary Women’s Services, Charlie’s Place at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Cornerstone Community, Downtown Cluster of Congregations, Downtown Cluster's Geriatric Day Care Program, Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, Five Talents USA, For Love of Children, Friendship Place (Aim Hire), Hope and a Home, Hope House, Housing Up, Hyacinth’s Place, Iona Senior Services (Active Wellness Program), Joseph’s House, Jubilee Jobs, Loaves and Fishes at St. Stephen and the Incarnation, Mary House, Miriam’s Kitchen, New Endeavors by Women, Nomis Youth Network, Pregnancy Aid Centers, Project Knitwell, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, Seabury Resources for Aging (Age In Place), St. Philip’s Childhood Development Center, Suited for Change, The Family Place, The Lorton Art Program,  The Welcome Table at The Church of the Epiphany, Thrive DC, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International, Transition Assistance Program at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, and Voices for a Second Chance. 

    Thank you for your continued support of our Op Shop.

    THANKSGIVING THANKSGIVINGS

    from Tricia Pinkard

    The annual Thanksgiving dinner was hosted by St. Alban's this year and it was a huge success. We had 50 to -75 more people than past years for a total of 240 or so diners (so I've been told).  We had blessings in Spanish, Hebrew and English by the priests and rabbi. And our guests came from a wide range in our community:  from homeless people to Muslim refugees, rich to poor, Latino to Anglo, elderly to young.  

    Even though the bigger numbers meant we ran out of turkey at the end, it also meant we strengthened the ties in our community among disparate populations. It was wonderful to see it all in action, and I feel lucky to have spent the day with all of these folks.  My day was made when a homeless man gave me a hug and told me he felt spoiled by the warm meal and hospitality, as he walked out the door with leftovers. Success... at least for a day!  

    Your offerings of time, food, love and prayer made it all possible.  This day was a gift to many and I thank you for being a part of it all. 
     
    More pictures are in this gallery.

     


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