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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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04.12.19 | News, Connect

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

    WELCOME, YOIMEL

    Our Vestry has unanimously affirmed the call of Yoimel Gonzalez Hernandez to serve his first appointment, often styled as a ‘curacy’, with us at St. Alban’s. Yoimel is a native of Cuba, where he was in youth ministry in the Presbyterian Church. He will be ordained a Priest of this Diocese on June 15 after completing his studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is sponsored by St. Stephen and the Incarnation and doing his field work at St. Patrick’s, DC.

    Yoimel (pronounced ‘Joimel’) will begin his ministry with us on August 1, 2019. His primary role among us will be leading our youth ministries, in addition to being pastorally available to those of our parishioners who speak only Spanish. We have developed a plan for his first three years in which he will be introduced to all aspects of parish ministry, toward the end of which he will develop some additional areas of ministry such as working with our growing group of young adults. One quarter of his time for at least the next two years will be taken and reimbursed by our Diocese, who need him to be involved in developing materials and working in the Deacon’s School.

    So far Yoimel, in addition to being present at our recent Vestry meeting, has met with interview teams of Ken Patterson, Lucy Fraser, Ted Swett, Tomas Montgomery, Veronica Quiguango and Lauri Fitz-Pegado. He has also met with the J2A youth twice and some of the parents once, although not in an ‘interview’ situation. His extensive list of references, both here and in Cuba, are universally positive. One of his earliest tasks will be to join the J2A pilgrimage to Greece this summer. 

    APRIL VESTRY NEWS

    by Senior Warden Ken Patterson

     

    Glenn Davis presented a thorough overview of our youth and children’s ministries, including a reminder that the need and time to identify new leaders for all our young people’s classes will soon be upon us.

    St. Alban’s financial health continues: pledge income for March was 21% over budget and 46% above last March; last night we received notice of our 300th 2019 pledge; and the endowment approaches $5 million. March attendance was up 5% from last year, and Robin Rudd reported an unprecedented level of contributions for memorial flowers for Easter with a significant number of those coming from new parishioners.

    The Vestry was formally introduced to the Rev. Yoimel Gonzalez Hernandez and unanimously affirmed his call to be our new Associate Rector. Also by unanimous consent, we endorsed Sara Thorne as a candidate for ordination to the Diaconate.

    In other business, up to $16,000 from the Reserve Fund was authorized for updates to existing offices and expansion into the mail room and current parlor to accommodate staff needs. The Rev. Emily Griffin also announced the receipt of a grant from the Tucker Foundation to outfit an additional Godly Play classroom.

    The Vestry also received the report of the Governance Committee regarding the advisability of appointing a Parish Chancellor. We approved appointment of a Chancellor and Laura Ingersoll was unanimously selected to fill the position. 

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

    CONGRATULATIONS, JO TURNER

    Seabury's annual celebration of service at the National Cathedral honored our own Jo Turner as "an older adult who has made a significant impact through service and leadership." Jo's citation notes her 25 years of active service at St. Alban's and her life of "compassion and care-giving." The full text along with information about other honorees is here.

    Congratulations, Jo!

    FAREWELL, DEBBIE

    by the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare

    It is with decidedly mixed feelings that I have shared with the attendees of our 11:15 Spanish Language Liturgy that Debbie Kirk will be leaving us this summer.  There are two parts to this. First, as most of you know, we were able to fund Debbie’s position with us by donating half her time to CASA de Maryland and paying for it as part of our Global Mission budget, which was not sustainable in the long term. Second, I have been in conversation about how to find or create a sustainable model for this congregation going forward, given that ‘separate is vulnerable.’  We will be restructuring clergy roles and changing staffing to create such a model.

    Debbie has been an important part of our common life in the whole parish in the past two years and a significant leader among our Spanish speakers for much longer - serving first as seminarian and then as primary pastor for the San Albano community. She has offered leadership development and been with us in times of joy and sorrow, offering her significant pastoral skills and giving tirelessly of herself for the growth of the community. We hope to be able to announce that Debbie has found a new ministry opportunity before she steps down this summer, and that we can enjoy a wonderful celebration of her ministry, both past and future.

    Among her many accomplishments, she has embraced talking less about ‘the San Albano community’ as a separate group and more about the Spanish liturgy of St. Alban’s Parish and the community being fully part of one parish. This seemingly small thing is actually significant, and we will be exploring what that means as our distinctive but accessible-to-all liturgy is served by all the clergy of the parish who will also offer pastoral care as we do for all Anglo and other parishioners.

    There will be further conversation about that in the weeks to come, but for now I ask that we turn our attention to celebrating our time with Debbie and the gifts she has both shared and brought forth in us.

    WHERE'S JIM?

    Our associate rector Jim Quigley is on sabbatical until the end of May. He's spending time in the Holy Land and blogging about his journey, the people he's meeting and the places he's seen. He's also sharing beautiful photos on Facebook, like this one of the Church of the Transfiguration.

    You can celebrate Jim's return on Sunday, June 2. Contact Deborah Potter to contribute to the reception. And hear all about his experiences at a forum on Sunday, June 9. 

    NEWS FROM HOPE AND RESURRECTION SCHOOL

    One of the first women graduates of Hope and Resurrection School, which St. Alban's supports, is now the school's administrator. Deborah Awut Magok is featured in this interview marking International Women's Day.

    MATTHEW STEYNOR TO BE MUSIC DIRECTOR

    Announcement from Geoffrey Hoare:
     
    I am delighted to announce that I have invited Matthew Steynor to join us at St. Alban’s to lead our music program. He has accepted with enthusiasm, as you will see from his note to us below. Matthew has served since 2007 as the Director of Music for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Miami, Florida. While there he started and sustained an Evensong Chorale and a successful community choir of boys. He has accompanied and led music for liturgies in English and Spanish for the Cathedral in addition to major Diocesan events and services. Matthew has also led choir tours and overseen a significant concert series in Southeast Florida. His early training was as a Senior Organ Scholar at Queens’ College, Cambridge and then at Great St. Mary’s, the University Church in Cambridge. He subsequently served at Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau, Bahamas and St. Thomas’ Parish in Coral Gables, Florida. (I recommend searching his name on YouTube where you will find some examples of his playing and conducting while at Queens’.) He is excited not only by the quality of our adult choirs but also by the potential of our Choral Scholar and Chorister programs.
     
    Matthew struck the group advising me (Laura Ingersoll, Kate McNamara, Chuck Burg, Doug Dykstra and the clergy) as a particularly good fit for us among an extremely strong field of candidates. His references are stellar as is his reputation in the Diocese of Southeast Florida. I believe he has the gifts to lead us to great things in the next season of our parish life.
     
    Matthew will begin with us on May 15, 2019. I hope you will mark your calendars and plan to join us to welcome him on that day.
     
    He writes:” Greetings and ¡Saludos! from Miami, Florida, where I have lived and made music for the last fifteen years. I am tremendously excited to be joining your dynamic Rector and team at St Alban’s in mid-May, and to be continuing the wonderful musical tradition that has been part of this parish for many years. It is a distinct pleasure to be succeeding Jeremy, having been an admirer of his playing since I was a teenager. The St Alban’s choir is super and, as I witnessed when I visited in November, can sing anything!  It will be especially thrilling to be part of a thriving church where both adults and children make great music since in my current situation they are thirty miles apart. I look forward to meeting you all and to serving God and the St Alban’s congregation for many years to come.”

    NEW LAY LEADERS ELECTED

    The results are in from the annual meeting. The following were elected:

    Senior Warden (three-year term)

    Ken Patterson
     
    Junior Warden (one-year term)

    Lucy Fraser Cage
     
    Vestry Members (three-year terms)

    Paul Brewster
    Barbara Manard
    Josepha Musabyemariya
    Dudley Winthrop

    We are thankful for all who stood for election.

    CHRISTMAS THANKS

    To our community Christmas dinner helpers: Thank you to all who planned, shopped, cooked, decorated, set up, welcomed, hosted, “kitchened,” served and, best of all angels, cleaned up.  We served upwards of 150 meals and sent people home with over 50 clamshells of leftovers. While all is still fresh in memory, we would appreciate your feedback:  what worked; what didn’t; what we needed more, or less, ofand any comments received or observations made – yours or others’. Email Phoebe Jane.

    Thanks, as well, to our amazing flower guild for making sure St. Alban's looked its best inside and out during the Christmas season. Flowers on the altar, the font, the pulpit and lectern, and at St. John's chapel were gorgeous. Roping and bows throughout the sanctuary, wreaths on all of our red doors--all of it came together and lasted right up to Epiphany. Did you know you can see the flower guild at work and many of its arrangements in this photo gallery? If you're interested in joining the guild, contact Katie Wilson. 

    TUBMAN HOLIDAY SHOW

    St. Alban's members who volunteer at Harriet Tubman Elementary School got a treat in December when the children performed their annual holiday show. Joy to the world! 

    Located just three miles from St. Alban's, Tubman serves children from three homeless shelters and two housing projects.

    Learn more about our partnership with the school and contact Tom Jansen if you'd like to get involved.

     

    EVENSONG @ ST. ALBAN'S

    St. Alban's hosted the Washington National Cathedral's weekly Choral Evensong, on Tuesday, November 14. The service featured the sublime voices of the Cathedral's Boys Choir under the direction of Brian Glosh (a St. Alban's parishioner). Our Rector Geoffrey Hoare was the officiant.  Choral evensong is an enduring spiritual element of the Anglican tradition, and offers respite, contemplation and inspiration in the midst of our busy modern lives.  

    ROWAN WILLIAMS VISITS

    On a crisp autumn morning, November 8, over a hundred people hungry for faith-understanding gathered at St. Alban’s to hear former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams speak about Christian believing and discipleship and then address thought-provoking audience questions. Parishioners have been reading two of Bishop Williams’ recent books, Being Christian and Being Disciples – slim volumes aimed at helping us work out the essentials of our faith.  Since serving for  a decade as primate of the Anglican Communion (2002-2012), Williams has been Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University (alma mater of our Rector, Geoffrey Hoare), and continues to be a leader in the contemporary church’s progressive thinking, ecumenism, and interfaith reconciliation work. Listen here:

    BYLAWS APPROVED

    By a unanimous voice vote, members of St. Alban's approved the revised parish bylaws that conform to new diocesan requirements. The new bylaws can be found here. At the meeting on Sunday, October 28, Geoffrey shared some of his hopes for the parish going forward, commenting on music, children and youth ministries, and collaboration with the Cathedral. 

      

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