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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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St. Alban's Search for a New Rector

07.11.22 | News

    A Message from the Senior Warden

    Our rector, Geoffrey Hoare, will complete his ministry at St. Alban’s on Sunday, September 25, 2022, after which he and his family will depart for their new home in North Carolina.  We approach this impending development with mixed emotions:  gratitude for Geoffrey’s work among us and for the gracious contributions that he, Sage, Ruthie, and Allyson have made to our common life; sadness at our impending loss; faith in the future that God is calling us to build in our church.  In that spirit of optimism, the Vestry has set about the process of preparing to call a new rector.  

    We are guided in this effort by the Bishop and staff of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.  Below we summarize the search process as delineated by the Diocese and report St. Alban’s progress down that path.  This page will be updated from time to time as developments warrant.

    On behalf of the Vestry, I wish to express our deep appreciation for all who have assisted in preparing for our search, especially those parishioners who took part in the focus groups or completed the survey that informed our Parish Vitality Assessment. It is well worth quoting here a key conclusion from that assessment:  “Strikingly evident throughout the exercise has been the love that participants feel for St. Alban’s and the mutual commitment and affection that exist among so many of our parishioners.  We are indeed a vital parish!” 

    Ted Swett, Senior Warden

    July 13, 2022

     
    The Rector We Seek 

    We seek a spiritual leader who will engage joyfully on personal, spiritual, and intellectual levels with parishioners of different generations, backgrounds, ethnicities, and viewpoints.  A preacher centered in Christ, grounded in scripture, skilled at conveying the relevance of the Gospel to contemporary life, and alive to the beauty of liturgy and the power of sacred music. A collaborative problem-solver, humbly self-confident and experienced in working in teams. One possessing strong executive skills, including those of supervision, delegation, mentoring, and networking.  A mature individual comfortable managing disagreement without escalation. A forward-looking builder able to balance tradition and change while uniting people of differing viewpoints in pursuit of abundant and evolving life in the Spirit.

    Preparations – Status

    Preparations Explained

    St. Alban’s is initiating the search for a new rector while Geoffrey Hoare is still with us, rather than waiting until he departs.  Moreover, we intend to call the new rector without taking the intermediate step of appointing an interim rector or priest-in-charge.  By taking this approach, we hope to maintain momentum in the life of our parish and avoid an inordinately long “gap” period during which the position will remain vacant.    

    We have followed the Diocese’s updated protocol for parishes readying themselves to call a rector.  One basic innovation is that the Vestry, itself, now serves as the search committee, rather than delegating that responsibility to a separate group.  The diocesan Transition Officer, Canon Robert Phillips, met with the Vestry and with the parish at large in February to explain the protocol.  The Vestry then initiated the sequence of internal steps the Diocese requires in preparing to initiate the search formally and publicly.  Those steps have been as follows: 

    1. Financial review. The Vestry submitted detailed information to the Diocese on our finances, along with a draft job description and essential elements of a proposed compensation package for a new rector.  Our financial review culminated in a vestry meeting with Canon Andrew Walter conducted via Zoom on March 9, 2022.  Canon Walter confirmed that St. Alban’s financial condition is strong and that the package of compensation and benefits that we contemplate to attract an experienced priest will be competitive.  
    2. Parish Vitality Assessment. The Parish Vitality Assessment is essentially a self-examination of the church as an aid to discerning what sort of person should lead the parish as a rector going forward. Our assessment began in April in consultation with Canon Anne-Marie Jeffery with the goal of taking parish-wide soundings to inform the Vestry’s sense of our collective identity:  who we are as a parish, what we are doing well, where we should strive to improve, and develop, and what our priorities should be as we enter the next stage of St. Alban’s evolving life.  The vitality assessment drew on three main sources of information:  a series of parish focus groups, supplemented by a written survey; interviews of our rector and associate rectors; and data collected by the staff on a range of subjects.  The focus groups and written survey probed seven “Vital Signs of Parish Health” as delineated by the Diocese.  The “signs” are tools for evaluating the state of the parish in terms of mission and vision, the path of discipleship, financial practices, leadership, welcoming and connecting ministries, worship, and outreach or “blessing our community.” A summary of our findings is posted on St. Alban’s website
    3. Website Review. The diocesan protocol calls for a high-level website review.  The review is not meant to precipitate immediate changes, but rather to evaluate whether the existing site reasonably reflects the parish’s current sense of itself and to identify aspects of the site that may call for updating in due course.  Our review was completed on June 15, 2022.
    4. Parish Profile. The next step was to prepare a parish profile for the database maintained by the Office of Transition Ministry or “OTM” of the national Episcopal Church. This document provides succinct responses to a specific set of questions. It has been accepted by the Diocese and posted on St. Alban’s website.
    5. Diocesan Meeting. On July 5, 2022, the Vestry held a “next steps” meeting with Canon Anne-Marie Jeffery, our diocesan facilitator for the search, along with Associate Rector Jim Quigley. Canon Jeffery reviewed our Parish Vitality Assessment, our Parish Profile, and our job description for the position of rector, complimented St. Alban’s on our preparations, and pronounced us ready to initiate our search publicly.
    6. OTM Posting. On July 11, 2022, the Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) of the Episcopal Church posted our Parish Profile and related information. This posting formally and publicly announces our search for a new rector and invites applications. 

    Conducting the Search

    Applications will be directed to the Wardens and evaluated by the Vestry as a whole.  In addition, the Vestry will engage in informal consultations with friends of the parish, Bishop Budde, and others in the Diocese and beyond.  We will also avail ourselves of means besides the OTM of publicizing the open position, such as the Episcopal News Service and social media. Any parishioner who wishes to call the Vestry’s attention to a particular candidate should contact the wardens at Please do not contact candidates directly.

    Once we have accumulated some promising applications, we will interview selected candidates on a rolling basis. The Vestry will conduct a first round of interviews. The diocesan Transition Officer will then conduct a “red flag” check for potential problems concerning applicants of interest. A second round of interviews for a narrowed field of candidates will follow. We will carry out our own careful inquiries about such persons, and Bishop Budde may consult with the bishops of the candidates’ own dioceses as a further check before the parish makes a call.

    The final candidate will be selected by vote of the Vestry, subject to the approval of the Bishop, and we will then issue a call.  

    Updates

    July 27, 2022- 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 .