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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)

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

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


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.)

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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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Nominees for Election 2018

12.14.17 | Connect

    Nominees have been announced for lay leadership positions to be filled by election in 2018.

    The Vestry and Nominating Committee are pleased to announce the candidates for our 2018 parish elections, which will take place on Sunday, January 28. The polls will be open from 7:45 a.m until 12:45 p.m. (Qualified voters who wish to vote before then can obtain absentee ballots from the parish office.)  

    Because an incumbent Vestry member moved away, we will be electing five Vestry members – one more than usual; this fifth elected member will serve for one year.  Every other elected candidate will serve a three-year term.

    This year, each voter will be required to cast a vote for every open position; any ballot not containing a vote for every open position will not be valid. Please read on for details on this new process.

    Our Priest-in-Charge, the Wardens, and the Vestry have taken a step to improve the balloting process for parish elections.  This year, there are five vacancies for Vestry and two for Diocesan Delegate, and our bylaws require us to have at least two candidates for each vacancy.  In the past, voters have been customarily permitted to cast votes for fewer than the number of vacancies.  (So, for example, a voter might vote for only one candidate or two, when several seats were to be filled – unfairly giving undue weight to those few votes!)  This practice doesn’t acknowledge that our Vestry election, while contested, is not a confrontational race like a political election, but rather a community project aimed at raising up lay leaders among us.  Our elections enable us choose from among a group of parishioners who have offered themselves in servant-leadership.  We look for a combination of talents, experience, and personalities that will enable St. Alban’s to serve God in our community and throughout the world. 

    To honor the candidates, and the process, we will now require each voter to vote for every vacancy in any election where there are multiple seats to be filled – this year, election for Vestry and election for Diocesan Delegates. A ballot that fails to have a vote for every vacancy in a category (five for Vestry candidates, two for Diocesan Delegate) will not have its votes in that category counted.  So, if a voter casts two votes for Diocesan Delegate, but only three votes for Vestry, none of those Vestry votes will be counted. (This doesn’t apply to the Junior Warden election, as there is only one seat to fill.)

    This of course makes it very important to get to know all the candidates.  To help you do this, the candidates’ photos and statements are published online and available in the Narthex; the candidates presented themselves at the Candidates Forum on January 14 and their video statements are available below; and, of course, the candidates are living and worshiping among us and would welcome contact with voters.  What a wonderful opportunity to get to know more of your fellow parishioners!

    For Junior Warden (vote for one)

    Diane Adams

    Trevor (Ted) Swett III

    For Vestry (vote for five)

    Walker Carter

    Lucy Fraser

    Sally Craig

    William (Bill) Cline

    Glenn Davis

    Maria Estefania

    Sara Beth Watson

    Leo Coco

    Megan Barber King

    Lara McCoy Roslof

    For Diocesan Delegate (vote for one)

    Amie Vandersluis

     Heather Sondel

     Barbara Bolling Manard