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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

Please note: In-person services are temporarily suspended.

We invite you to join us for on-line worship on Sundays beginning at 8:00 a.m., in English and Spanish on our YouTube page

 

 

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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Toward the Common Good - Come and See

Come and See

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on

I’ve been thinking a lot about testimony lately. A few weeks ago, in the Gospel about Jesus’ baptism, a voice from heaven told us exactly who Jesus was and what it all meant. Later, John the Baptist gives his testimony and convinces two of his followers to go and see Jesus for themselves. Can we really change the world this way today – one person at a time? How much does one person’s witness matter?

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border with a group of other Episcopalians. We met a lot of people – lawyers, priests, ranchers, Border Patrol agents. As you might imagine, their testimonies didn’t always agree. I believe that they all told the truth about their reality as they see it. It’s just that they stand in different places, so they see different things.

We also met men, women and children who were fleeing for their lives and seeking asylum here in America. They shared their testimonies too. We went to the migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, where over 2,000 people are waiting for asylum hearings. Many had lived there for months. No matter how credible the threats against them might be, we were told that less than one percent of them are likely to be approved.

The families we met live in tents in the middle of a war zone. A drug war rages around them. They are barely protected from the rain, much less from sickness or violence. They have tanks of clean water, and makeshift toilets and showers. There’s a trash service, a medical van, and very limited electricity; that’s about it. Imagine living for months this way, with the next tent only inches away.

We came to the camp with Team Brownsville, a group of American volunteers who cross the bridge at least twice a day with food, blankets, clothes, lanterns, and games for the kids. They ask the folks in the camp what they need and, working with other organizations, try their best to provide it.

But what about me? I came, I saw, and now what? I can’t change our government’s asylum policy on my own. I can’t personally offer the medical or legal help needed. I live too far away to feed or clothe them myself, and my money only goes so far. I was a witness to their suffering, and I’m sharing what I saw, but does that really matter?

We asked Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities in the Rio Grande Valley, this question: What did she want us to tell you back home? Come and see for yourselves, she said, because if you come, you will care. You can be a voice for those whose voices aren’t being heard. And you can let people who feel like they are invisible know that you see them and that they matter. They matter to God, they matter to the church, and they matter to you.

My visit to the migrant camp hasn’t changed much about their situation, but it has changed me. It has changed the names and places I look for on the news. It is changing where I look for news. It has forced me to put words to my experience, to clarify my thoughts, and for today at least – to take a stand.

As in the Gospel, we don’t always get a voice from heaven telling us what we’ve seen and what it all means. We get testimonies from people who are all speaking the truth as they see it from where they stand. So, where we stand matters.

Jesus invites us to come and see where he lives, to stand there with him, and then to follow wherever he goes. He said that when we feed the hungry, we’re feeding him. When we welcome the stranger, we’re welcoming him. And in the cross, Jesus showed us exactly where he stands. He stands with the suffering, with the forsaken and despised, with those who need our protection the most. Standing with Jesus means standing in solidarity with them.

So, here is where I stand today. No one should have to live the way these migrants are living. No system that ignores or downplays their need can possibly be just. We as followers of Jesus are called to offer them our help, our prayers, our advocacy, and our witness – because every time we share what we’ve seen, the circle widens, the light increases, and yes – the world changes one person, one testimony at a time. In the Name of the One who invites us to come, to see, to speak and to act, Amen.

[This post is adapted from a sermon I preached at our Spanish-language service on January 19, 2020.]

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