This is my search section here
  • Welcome
  • Service Times
  • Directions
  • What to Expect
  • For Your Kids
  • The Episcopal Church
Close X

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

Weekly In-person Sunday Service Schedule:

8:00 a.m. (English) in the Church
10:00 a.m. (English) in the Church
11:15 a.m. (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. 

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 at    for the link. 

 

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.)

How do you worship?

What time are services on Sunday morning?

How long do services last?

Where can I park?

Do you offer programs for children?

What should I wear?

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.

I'm New
St. Alban's
Header Image

Articles

Latest News

09.25.22 | News, Connect | by Mery Montenegro

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

    Join Us for Christmas Services

    Click here for the full schedule.

    Adult Forum Alert! “Episcopal Ministries in the Holy Land” Forum on December 11, at 10:15 am in Nourse Hall

    The Episcopal Church runs 16 schools, 2 hospitals, 6 centers for the disabled and 2 homes for the elderly across Jordan, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon. All of these institutions are open to people of all faiths. Come learn about this life-giving work at our forum on December 11th. Lisa Sams will speak about her October visit to these institutions, with special mention of the Saviour’s School in Jordan (with which our church has had a close relationship for many years). We hope to see you there!

    December Grace Notes

    We’d like to thank the following parish members for their primary leadership roles: Phoebe Jane Winthrop (for the 2022 Thanksgiving Dinner); Robin Rudd (for the reopening of the Op Shop), Candice Brown, Noell Sottile, and Luis Leon (Young Adult Godparents in the Growing Young initiative).

    Thanks to each of you and thanks to the many other volunteers who support the work of Parish Life at St. Alban’s.

    Join us for Reverse Advent 2022

    Turn your “want list” into someone else’s “need list” this Advent as you focus on the journey to Bethlehem. In a time of uncertainty, Mary and Joseph gathered what they had and traveled to Bethlehem to be counted in a census. What would they eat? Would they be warm? What did they need for themselves and their baby?
     
    Here’s the invitation:
    1. Gather 4 plain brown grocery bags (one for each week of Advent.)
    2. Cut apart the 4 Reverse Advent signs (found HERE) and attach one to each bag. (You'll collect things like non-perishable food, warm clothes, basic toiletries and baby items.)
    3. Decide when and how you will practice this spiritual discipline. You may choose to fill your bags all at once, add one item each day, etc. The choice is yours.
    4. Each Sunday morning in Advent (November 27, December 4, 11 and 18), bring your bag to church and place it by the manger in the Narthex. (We’ll keep collecting over the 12 Days of Christmas.)
    There will be a special dedication of these gifts on Sunday, January 8. Following the dedication, the items will be distributed to Samaritan Ministry, Grate Patrol, and Bright Beginnings.

    For more information about why we celebrate Advent, click HERE.
     

    Congratulations Anton!

    Parishioner Anton Vanterpool has been elected as the North DC Region’s nominee for Lay Deputy to General Convention in 2024. His name will appear on the ballot at our next Diocesan Convention in January 2023. Thanks, Anton, for your willingness to serve! 

    Exciting Weeks Ahead!

    We'll be offering multiple opportunities to give thanks for God's goodness in our lives. Join us on Thanksgiving Day, at 10:30am, as we celebrate our annual Thanksgiving Day Eucharist. We’ll sing, reflect on Scripture, pray and share Communion together.

    On the same day, at noon, and in partnership with Washington Hebrew Congregation and Annunciation Catholic Church, we will resume our annual Community Dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Dinner will be served in Trenbath Hall at noon, and kitchen volunteers will begin arriving around 9:30 am. Again, this Sunday we'll have sign-up sheets for specific roles and food donations in the Narthex. 

    On another note, and just in time for the most wonderful time of the year, the Opportunity Shop will reopen its doors to the public on Saturday, December 3rd.  On Friday, December 2, we will celebrate a ‘soft opening’ to bless our faithful and dedicated volunteers, the refurbished shop, and welcome Courtney Cunningham, the newest member of St. Alban’s staff.  Courtney will begin her work as the new Opportunity Shop Manager on December 1st. 

    Thank you all for your continued support and patience!

    Dancing In the Dash: An “All-Ages Encouraged” Forum on Living a Meaningful Life: This Sunday, November 20 in Nourse Hall from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m.

    St. Alban’s parishioner’s Dancing in the Dash is the memoir of a woman whose experiences have taken her around the world with a diverse range of dancing partners: the performing arts, activism and advocacy, and the world of policy, politics, and diplomacy.  We invite you to come and hear Lauri’s story.

    A woman of great faith, Lauri serves on the board of directors of The Washington Ballet, the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, and Mother Jones. She is on the Advisory Board of the Ron Brown Scholars, is a Senior Advisor for the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Women’s Forum. 

    Tolle Lege: The Sunday Morning Bible Study, 10:15 - 11:00 a.m. in Room 203, Satterlee Hall

    After overhearing a group of children saying "take and read" while playing in a garden outside his window, St. Augustine picked up the nearest book - a Bible - and began reading it. He describes that moment as critical to his conversion to Christianity.  All are invited to this year long Sunday Morning Bible Study. In 28 sessions spanning most Sundays in the church program year, participants will read significant portions of the Bible from the beginning to the end.  Led by Jim, Emily, Yoimel and others. To register, contact the Rev’d Jim Quigley.  

    Young Adult Program

    Are you in your 20s or 30s? Please mark your calendar for the next events. The program was decided by some of St. Alban’s young adults, and it includes social events as well as discussion and spiritual discernment based on the book Receiving Jesus. The Way of Love, by our Bishop Mariann E. Budde. Contact the Rev. Yoimel González Hernández at   .
    • Saturday, November 19, 2022, 6:00 pm: Noell and Jim Sottile along with Candice and David Brown are hosting a Pie Party for the Young Adult Group. There is a pie for every course. Who doesn't like pie! Come for dinner and an evening of socializing. For details on this activity, contact Candice Brown.
    • Sunday, November 27, 2022, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Nourse Hall: Personal and group spiritual discernment. 
    • Saturday, December 3, 2022, 6 p.m. Place to be announced: Social event with wine testing. 
    • Sunday, December 11, 2022, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Nourse Hall: Spiritual Retreat and Dinner.

    Stewardship Campaign 2023

    We invite you to consider participating in this year’s annual stewardship campaign and approach 2023 determined to BE JUST, BE KIND, and BE HUMBLE.  And, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit, let us also commit ourselves to BE GENEROUS. 

    How do we pledge?
    • Fill out the pledge card you received in the mail or can find in the church lobby and mail it to Giving 2023, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016.
    • Visit www.stalbansdc.org/give/
    • Contact Director of Finance Doug Dykstra at (202) 363-8286x209 to arrange a direct debit, Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), or donation of appreciated stock.
    • Text (202) 831-2993 with the keyword PLEDGE and amount.

    Questions? Please contact Stewardship Chair Matt Cunningham or Director of Finance Doug Dykstra at (202) 363-8286x209.

    Let's Support these Ministries

    Two of our dearest annual sales are happening this weekend until the beginning of December, and we have all the information you need to know: 

    The Christmas season is coming soon, and the J2A Youth Group Annual Christmas Sale has almost everything you will need to decorate your house this year. Begin decorating your home with beautiful poinsettias, or order extras to give as hostess gifts or to brighten up the home of an elderly acquaintance. Don’t forget the beautiful greenery or fresh wreaths and pine roping. You can make your order with our youth every Sunday or use this link. You can pay in cash or on our website (choose the J2A Wreaths/Poinsettias Purchase option). Pick-up day will be Sunday, December 4th, from 9 am to noon. Note that all proceeds benefit the Youth J2A pilgrimage. 

    This year, the Global Mission Committee will be selling olive oil products in the Wade Room starting this Sunday, November 13, November 20th, and December 4th after each service (for fans of the Rumi olive oil – it’s back). You may order in advance for pick-up on one of those Sundays by emailing your order form to Lisa Sams . For online payments, click here. Also, you can make checks payable to St. Alban’s Church and pay when you pick them up.