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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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07.05.20 | News, Connect

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

    YOUTH BIBLE STUDY

    What do dragons, 4-headed monsters, and seven seals to be opened have to do with faith? Come and join us in this adventure with other youth friends every Saturday in July. This will be an opportunity to read strange, sometimes whimsical Biblical texts, connect them with your faith, and expand your creativity by responding through painting, drawing, music, photography, or any other art of your interest.   

    To join and receive the Zoom link, contact the Rev’d Yoimel González Hernández.

    DIALOGUE ON RACE

    If there were such a thing as a perfect faith-based curriculum on racism (for adults or for children), 1) we'd probably have used it by now, and 2) we might be living in a country where power and privilege were passe.  But (on both counts) we gotta start somewhere...

    Sacred Ground is a film- and readings- based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  Published by the Episcopal Church, the Sacred Ground curriculum "invites small groups to walk through chapters of America's history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity."

    Before recommending this curriculum to small groups throughout the parish, your clergy are hoping to identify a small number of individuals who are willing to serve as test pilots for the program.   If you are interested in learning more, please contact The Rev'd Jim Quigley.   When replying, please note that Sacred Ground is a ten-week curriculum and also that we'd like to get started soon.

    EVENING PRAYER CONTINUES

    St. Alban's is continuing its lay-led Zoom service of Evening Prayer on a trial basis. Our next service will be this coming Thursday, July 9, at 5:30 PM. Our intent is to offer a time of reflection and sharing at the conclusion of a busy day. 

    The order of service for the Rite II liturgy can be found in the Book of Common Prayer starting at page 115. It is also available in a pdf version to download here. If you would like to join the service or share as either a leader or a reader, please contact Paul Brewster  or Emily Griffin.

    JUNE VESTRY NEWS

    From senior warden Ken Patterson

    The main business of the meeting was continued discussions around the timing and form of re-gathering.  Vestry members had been asked to review three sources, and to come to the meeting prepared to share their hopes and wishes about how re-convening in person. The resources we reviewed, which may be of interest to parishioners are found at:

    https://coronavirus.dc.gov/reopendc

    https://www.edow.org/files/9315/8998/3105/Check-List_for_Regathering.pdf , and

    https://www.edow.org/files/2015/8998/3088/Covenant_for_Regathering_in_Worship.pdf

    It was acknowledged upfront that, given reports of current levels on COVID-19 levels and anticipated surges, this is a moving target. In addition, doctors and scientists offer a range of evolving opinions on how to manage the risk of becoming infected.  Vestry members offered a number of views that I will present as questions (be advised that I do not claim this list to be exhaustive of the many ideas floated):

    • The Diocese led the way in shutting down public worship early, erring on the side of caution; should churches, and ours in particular, consider being among the last to re-convene?
    • Is a later re-gathering that can involve all of us “safely” better than a gradual opening that involves multiple smaller services or other measures that promote social distancing?
    • Should we focus our energies on outdoor worship (smaller gatherings around the Peace Cross, use of the amphitheater as available from the Cathedral)?
    • Isn’t re-gathering the best way to enable the personal connections with church family that are integral to the experience of many parishioners? The longer we wait to re-convene, how much is the fabric of what “makes church church” damaged?
    • On the other hand, if we are masked, and cautioned against any physical contact, and gathering in smaller groups, is that much better than virtual services?

    While we consider these and multiple issues, I offer these updates:

    • Our average attendance for the English and Spanish virtual services is around 350 persons.
    • We now have the technology to livestream services from the Nave and Nourse Hall when we are ready to move to that approach.
    • There is wide acceptance that, regardless of the timing of re-gathering in person, we should continue to make our services available virtually into the future.
    • The Op Shop continues to make progress in evaluating the best way to continue their essential mission.
    • The Vestry continues to offer our immense gratitude to our Clergy, Matthew Steynor, Charles Porter, Deborah Potter and others I no doubt missed who continue to provide us with the beautiful online services; this is an immense undertaking.

    The Vestry unanimously approved the appointment of David Ridenour as Chancellor for a term beginning immediately and lasting until the Vestry takes up nominations for all officers in 2021. 

    The Treasurer’s report indicated that St. Alban’s is in a strong position from an operating standpoint. Pledges continue to be fulfilled, we are benefiting from very good contribution levels online, and the endowment is again over $5 million at the time of this report. Of course, the Vestry will continue to monitor our financial health but should pledge and online support continue as it has, we should be able to meet our operating needs and fulfill the Christian-Social Ministry outreach obligations that were budgeted for at the beginning of 2020.

    Finally, as Senior Warden I will be expanding the group evaluating various options for re-gathering by establishing a Re-Gathering Task Force made up of Clergy, church leaders and parishioners. Please be open to serving on this group if asked.

    The full June report is available here

    STRAWBERRY SUNDAY

    Were it not for the coronavirus, we'd be celebrating this Sunday, May 24, with strawberries, ice cream, whipped topping and community at St. Alban's. It's unfortunate that we can't enjoy our fourth annual Strawberry Sunday together in person but we can keep the tradition alive on video. If you'd like to join a Zoom call at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning, contact Deborah Potter for details. If that doesn't work for you and you still plan to celebrate, send Deborah a selfie with strawberries in the picture so she can include you in a social media post on Facebook or Instagram.

    UPDATE FROM THE RECTOR

    I hope and trust you are staying well and will let your church know if that changes!
     
    I wanted to bring you up to date on a couple of matters important for our common life. Our Vestry has begun a conversation not only about how we will open our buildings when that becomes possible, but also about what changes we can anticipate as a result of what we are learning in these strange days. We know, in one example, that an expanded online presence will be in our future as a way of expanding our reach and expanding the community of Jesus. I will let you know more whenever we know more about the immediate future.
     
    In the meantime, we continue to monitor our finances and thanks to your continued generosity we have committed to paying our full staff at least through the end of the year. We have also wanted to share our good fortune with the neediest in our diocese and our city. To that end we have made a discretionary gift of $10,000 to our Bishop’s COVID-19 Relief Fund and are making additional gifts as necessary to support applications to the fund from our own parishioners in need.
     
    In addition, I am delighted that those charged with oversight of funds raised for WSA from the Opportunity Shop were able to suspend their usual processes and allocated more than $35,000 to local centers that are providing food and shelter to the neediest among us. Those include Thrive DCCharlie’s Place at St. Margaret’s Church, The Welcome Table at the Church of the Epiphany, Loaves & Fishes, a ministry of St. Stephen and the Incarnation, Farmers and Hunters Feeding the HungrySamaritan Ministry of Greater WashingtonCalvary Women’s CenterMary House, and Joseph’s House. I am particularly proud that we are supporting vital ministries being carried out by brothers and sisters in our own Diocese.
     
    Every one of us has plenty of opportunities to continue our spiritual practice of generosity in these days, but I learned of one more creative outlet recently. The restaurants of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group in DC are working with both World Central Kitchen and Feed the Fight to prepare meals for hospital workers and others directly impacted by the pandemic. You can learn more or donate here.
     
    Your wardens, clergy, staff and Vestry are continuing to ‘pivot’ as we can to be of service to the community in the name of St. Alban's thanks to each and every one of you. The building is closed, but the Church is indeed open and alive.
     
    Wishing you every blessing, 
    Geoffrey

    WORSHIP SERVICES

    As you know, we aren't able to hold services at St. Alban's due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we're still managing to worship together. Every Sunday since mid-March your clergy have been recording services in the sanctuary in English and in Nourse Hall in Spanish. (We acquired and installed a small remote-controlled camera in the sanctuary for this purpose, giving us the option to livestream services in the future.)

    Music director Matthew Steynor has worked with our choir members to record anthems and motets, as well as hymns with on-screen lyrics so you can sing along, even if you don't have a hymnal at home. He wrote about the experience on the Alban Life blog.

    We are grateful to our flower guild for continuing to create beautiful arrangements for the altar. 

    The services can be accessed from our home page on Sundays by clicking the "Worship from Home" image. All services are posted to our YouTube channel and remain available there, so it's never too late to join us in worship. 

    We also want to thank you for supporting StAlban's Church. Whatever motivates you to give, please know that every contribution and every pledge payment made while the church is closed (as well as when it reopens) is genuinely and deeply appreciated. You can pay by check, mailed to StAlban's Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC,  20016, or by credit card by clicking the link here to a secure site. Thank you.

     

    CARING FOR EACH OTHER

    This has been a trying time for many of us. As we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, we want to know how you are doing. If we have your telephone number, you either have heard or will soon hear from someone on a team of callers from St. Alban’s as we attempt to connect with every person in the parish. If we don't have your phone number, please send it to Marcy Fisher. If you want to reach a member of the clergy, call the church at 202-363-8286 and you will be prompted to the person on call. Prayer requests may be sent to the Rev'd Jim Quigley.

    GIVING TO ST. ALBAN'S GETS EASIER

    Good news!  Did you know that the federal stimulus bill (CARES Act) ratified by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by the president last Friday provides two important incentives for you to make donations to St. Alban’s Church in 2020?

    The first incentive is the creation of an “above-the-line” or “universal” deduction of up to $300. This allows taxpayers who take the standard deduction (and therefore cannot generally deduct charitable contributions) the opportunity to deduct up to $300 of contributions to St. Alban’s in 2020. The second incentive is focused on taxpayers who itemize and file Schedule A.  The amount that can be deducted is generally limited to 60% of adjusted gross income; however, the CARES Act suspends the 60% limit for donations to St. Alban’s in 2020. (Please note that the 100% adjusted gross income limit was not adjusted.)  Consult your tax advisor with any questions about these tax changes.
     
    There are two easy ways to give to St. Alban’s during these uncertain times.  The first is to simply mail your contribution check to the church’s street address:  3001 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.  20016.  Although the church is closed, mail is still being received somewhat sporadically.  The second way to donate is by credit card.  Click the link on this page. You’ll be taken to a secure and confidential page where you can make your donation. You’ll need to enroll your name, address and credit card information. The whole process should take no more than two minutes.
     
    Whatever motivates you to give to St. Alban’s Church, please know that every contribution and every pledge payment made while the church is closed (as well as when it reopens) is genuinely and deeply appreciated.

    MISSION TRIP CANCELED

    It is with regret, but for obvious reasons, that we have decided to cancel our parish mission to Irvine, Kentucky, this June. We will hope to offer such an opportunity next summer.

    HOLY WEEK FROM HOME

    Dear Friends,

    The liturgies of Holy Week and Easter express the core of our Christian faith. They are designed to be participatory and embodied in a way that we cannot recreate on film. Imagine, for instance, trying to make a procession to the Bishop’s Garden for Maundy Thursday work without the benefit of your presence or a professional film crew!  We will miss sharing in person our normative three-hour service of music and meditations on Good Friday.  On Easter we will miss the stunning array of flowers decorating the entire Nave and the sounds of all your voices as we sing and pray together. Your clergy, staff and musicians have worked hard to capture the essence of these liturgies given our current limitations.  

    We will offer recorded services each day of Holy Week on the parish website (www.stalbansdc.org) and on our YouTube channel starting at 8:00 a.m. (As always, you may donate online by clicking here.)

    Here is what you can expect:
    • April 5: PALM SUNDAY/SUNDAY OF THE PASSION. We will begin with the Liturgy of the Palms which will include a meditation, followed by a reading of the Passion Gospel according to Matthew, music and prayers before the Great Thanksgiving. The service will end without a dismissal to mark our carrying our worship into the week that follows. The full set of readings in English are here. The Order of Service bulletin in English is here.  Here is a link for some children’s activities especially for this week's scripture readings. (Please Note: Given that we are all under strict stay at home orders, we are not able to distribute palms this year and cannot encourage you to come to the church to pick them up. Our apologies!)
    • April 6, 7 and 8: MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY. Each day will be marked by a brief service including the Gospel for the day, a reflection by one of the clergy, prayers and music.
    • April 9: MAUNDY THURSDAY. We will offer a modified liturgy of the Word with prayers and music. Meditations will be offered after each of four Scripture readings reflecting on Passover, Communion, Foot Washing and the Garden of Gethsemane.
    • April 10: GOOD FRIDAY. We will essentially follow the liturgy as given in the Book of Common Prayer, with the Passion Gospel according to John separated into four parts. Each section will contain a meditation, music, and prayers for people everywhere according to their needs.
    • April 12: EASTER DAY. Those who wish to begin the day with a VIGIL will have a service of four Scripture readings, each followed by a meditation, music and prayer, ending with the renewal of our baptismal vows. This will be available starting at 6 a.m. It will be followed later that morning by a Festive Eucharist-like service beginning with the Easter Acclamation, including some hymns and other glorious music.
    In this time when gathering for worship is not something that we are able to do in person, we thank each of you for your virtual participation and for all of your suggestions about how we can enhance these online experiences. 

    We know we are living in fearful, anxious times and pray that these opportunities will help you draw strength from the reasonable and holy hope made known to us in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

    HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE CANCELED

    The planned pilgrimage to the Holy Land has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tour operators have informed us that they have no availability in 2021 so we are not able to simply postpone our trip. They are able to refund half of each person's deposit. The remainder, or the entire deposit, can be donated, if pilgrims wish. We have decided to use those funds to support the work of the Episcopal Church in the Middle East by issuing a check to the American Friends of the Diocese of Jerusalem. If you have questions, please contact Jim Quigley.

    CHURCH IN A TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

    Dear Friends,

    La versión en español sigue después del inglés.   

    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.

    With every conversation I become increasingly aware of two emerging themes of our experiences of social distancing thus far. One is that for every one of us there is a measure of loss: loss of worship, loss of gathering, loss of touch, loss of things we take for granted like going to a restaurant or watching a sporting or artistic event. Our loss is real and can lead to an intensity of feelings that would otherwise not be our experience. Being aware of this reality can be helpful in those conversations that we do have and is related to the second theme that I am observing.  

    The second theme is that all around us people are stepping forward with acts and offers of kindness, whether it is an offer to go shopping or setting a Go Fund Me account to support restaurant workers. In our fast-moving and fast-changing reality all of these acts and offers are founded in kindness or charity--love in action. It is worth keeping in mind that for those of us who do not live alone, that such forbearance and kindness can be shown to those closest to us, especially on those days when the joys of togetherness wear thin!

    Blessing to all of you and when I or your church can be of service, please let us know.
     
    Geoffrey

    Queridos amigos,

    Nos estamos adaptando lentamente a la vida en la era del coronavirus. Nuestra junta parroquial se ha reunido a través de Zoom, al igual que las clases de los solicitantes, GIFT y otros grupos. Poco a poco nos estamos volviendo más expertos en el uso de la tecnología, pero somos conscientes de que todo se puede detener cuando uno o más de su clero y personal tienen que ponerse en cuarentena.

    Para esta semana hemos agregado música a nuestra liturgia en inglés y usaremos una plataforma que podría funcionar mejor para aquellos de ustedes sin fuertes conexiones Wi-Fi. Estamos pensando en lo que podemos ofrecer para la Semana Santa, Pascua y más allá. Con cada conversación me hago cada vez más consciente de dos temas emergentes de nuestras experiencias de distanciamiento social hasta el momento. Una es que para cada uno de nosotros hay una medida de pérdida: pérdida de adoración, pérdida de reunión, pérdida de contacto, pérdida de cosas que damos por sentado, como ir a un restaurante o ver un evento deportivo o artístico. Nuestra pérdida es real y puede conducir a una intensidad de sentimientos que de otra manera no sería nuestra experiencia. Ser consciente de esta realidad puede ser útil en esas conversaciones que tenemos y está relacionado con el segundo tema que estoy observando.

    El segundo tema es que a nuestro alrededor la gente está dando un paso adelante con actos y ofertas de amabilidad, ya sea una oferta para ir de compras o establecer una cuenta Go Fund Me para apoyar a los trabajadores de restaurantes. En nuestra realidad de rápido movimiento y cambio rápido, todos estos actos y ofertas se basan en la bondad o la caridad, el amor en acción. Vale la pena tener en cuenta que para aquellos de nosotros que no vivimos solos, esa paciencia y amabilidad se puede mostrar a las personas más cercanas a nosotros, especialmente en los días en que las alegrías de la unión se agotan.

    Bendiciones para todos ustedes y cuando yo o su iglesia podamos estar de servicio, háganoslo saber.

    Geoffrey

    Image by FotoRieth from Pixabay

    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.

    Looking for something you once found on this page? Want to take a look back at previous events or announcements? Check the news archive page.