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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

Starting May 29, 2022, through Labor Day Weekend, our schedule changes for your convenience. We hope to see you during the summer, whether in our in-person services or via Livestream.

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 10 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

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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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05.20.22 | News, Connect

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

    Welcome the Strangers

    Our city is receiving hundreds of immigrants every month from states at the southern border, and churches in the area are welcoming them on a daily basis, providing a safe space, clothes, money and worship opportunities. Our parish is one among many Episcopal parishes in our Diocese that are partnering with St. Thomas’ (Dupont Circle) in this effort. Please consider donating shoes and underwear (adult and child sizes), belts, backpacks, cellphones (new or used), socks and underwear. Please place your donations in the box in the narthex during Sunday worship. Monetary donations can be made directly to St. Thomas’ online here. On the drop down menu select “Refugee Support.”

    Welcome Back Rev'd Emily

    Sunday, August 14, will be the first Sunday back for The Rev'd Emily Griffin after her three months on sabbatical. The Spanish-speaking parishioners are organizing a gathering after the service at 11:15 am. All are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages to share at that time. Please join us in welcoming Emily back! 
     
     
     

    The Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network comprises more than 20 DMV area community organizations and hundreds of individual volunteers committed to supporting migrants being bused to DC by governors in states at our country's southern border. Peace House DC anchors the network, Beloved Community Incubator, East of the River Mutual Aid, Sanctuary DMV, DC IWOC, Free Them All VA, and Conscious Community Action Together has been showing up to welcome our new neighbors for three months through solidarity. 

    Please, consider supporting this community's efforts. You can find more information and register for a different kind of help needed HERE

    Rector Search Update From Our Vestry

    Having publicly posted our rector search on July 11, we received our first several applications this week. Your wardens, Stephanie Curcuru and I, met recently with Bishop Budde, who has offered her wholehearted support for the effort and provided helpful advice on evaluating potential leaders.  We are also in discussion with knowledgeable friends of the parish, who have already fed us the names of well-regarded priests we may wish to recruit.  The game is afoot!

    By way of publicizing the opportunity, we have added a listing on the website of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, complementing our posting in the jobs database of the national church and our running advertisement in the Episcopal News Service. Given these resources and especially our informal network, we have determined that it will not be necessary or cost-effective to use LinkedIn as a source of referrals.  

    The vestry is turning now to the work of evaluating paper applications on a rolling basis, determining which candidates to interview, and preparing for those sessions.  It is a busy summer, but we trust the work will bear excellent fruit.

    Please direct any questions about the search to  .

    May God bless St. Alban’s and prosper the search for our next leader!
     
    Ted Swett
    Senior Warden
     
      

    Become a Sunday School Volunteer This Fall!

    Looking for a way to give back that is both life-giving and spiritually nourishing – not to mention fun? Our Sunday School is seeking some new leaders this fall. While many of our leaders are returning, we will need both Godly Play storytellers and assistants to help with transitions – as well as leaders for our 2s & 3s class. We work in teams so that leaders serve 2-3 times per month. No prior experience is required - just an open mind and heart and a willingness to seek God with our young people. Training will be provided as needed, including the Diocesan training Safeguarding God’s Children. Intrigued? Contact Candice Brown.

    Fill The Backpacks!

    The Garden Guild is looking for additional volunteers to help this Summer with weekly watering and tending of our newer landscaped beds. If you are interested and able to help, it would be greatly appreciated. Work will include hand watering of specific areas, checking on timers/sprinklers in other areas, and general check-in for issues or problems with any plants. If you can help out, please contact Lucy Cage via email or 202-297-5572. All skill levels are welcome!

    The St. Alban's Opportunity Shop Is Open!

    We’re so glad to be back! Here’s a little reminder that we are accepting donations weekly, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:45 am to 2:00 pm. Also, we are looking for: Women’s, Men’s, Infant and Children's clothing, shoes, and coats. (Donation items not being accepted at this time are books, magazines, records, children's and baby furniture, and bedding for pets).

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Young Adults Picnic - July 30

    Join our twenty and thirty-year-olds for a picnic at the Bishop's Garden on Saturday, July 30, from 6 to 8 pm. For moreinformation, please contact via email Kara Schmidt.

     

     

     

    Sacred Ground

    About 40 parishioners have participated in a Sacred Ground Circle at St. Alban's. In a Sacred Ground Circle, small groups gather to discuss the history of race and racism in a North American context. As our Sacred Ground Alumni discuss the next steps for them (and us), and as we continue our journey of grappling with racism, we are wondering if there are many of you who would like to begin your own journey by joining a Sacred Ground Circle this fall. If interested, please email the Rev'd Jim Quigley at You can learn more about Sacred Ground here: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/