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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 

Weekly In-person Sunday Service Schedule (Please note: Service times may be changed during the seasons of Christmas and Lent and during the summer. Please refer to our calendar to confirm the times.):

8 a.m. (English) in the Church
9 a.m. (English) in the Church
11:15 a.m. (English) in the Church
11:15 a.m. (Spanish) in Nourse Hall (same building as the Church)

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 9 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 for the link. 



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, 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: This Fall, Children's Chapel meets during the first half of the 9:00 a.m. service in Nourse Hall (a spacious parish hall in the same building as the main worship space.) Kids and families join "big church" at the Peace so everyone can receive Communion together. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

Education: We've resumed our formation programs for the 2022-2023 period. Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Sunday School and Youth Group Classes are from 10:15 to 11:05 a.m.
  • Nursery, 2s & 3s, PreK to 1st Grade, 2nd to 3rd Grade, and 4th to 6th Grade all meet upstairs in Satterlee Hall. Youth classes meet downstairs in Satterlee Hall.
  • If you haven’t registered your child or teen yet, it’s not too late. Register in person at the start of class or click here

Questions? For children, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin at . For youth, contact the Rev’d Yoimel González Hernández at .

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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Fourth Sunday After Epiphany - Bilingual Service

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Fourth Sunday After Epiphany - Bilingual Service

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany - Bilingual Service

Series: Epiphany

Speaker: The Rev'd Emily Griffin

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
St. Alban’s, DC – 1/29/23 – The Rev’d Emily Griffin
Micah 6:1-8, I Corinthians 1:18-31, Matthew 5:1-12

So, how are we doing? Today, the day of the Annual Meeting, is a good time for a check- up on how we’re living up to our mission as a church. Don’t worry – this isn’t a report card; I’m not giving us a grade. But particularly given the gun violence and police brutality we’ve witnessed this week and our yearning to offer more than just silence in return, it makes sense that we’re hearing Micah’s famous words again. This was the focus not only of a preaching series last fall but of our entire stewardship campaign: be just, be kind, be humble, be generous. Or as Micah puts it: do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with your God.

Let’s stay with this last image for a moment. We don’t need to run faster than God. Nor do we need to crawl in shame with our eyes to the ground. Walking means that we’re standing together with our eyes open. We don’t always know where we’re going when we walk but knowing the destination in advance isn’t always necessary. The good news in this season of transition in our parish is that we don’t have to pretend to know more than we do. We don’t have to walk quickly or perfectly or without stumbling; we just need to keep walking humbly. When we’re humble, we know our limits, and we are honest about them (even when we don’t like them or wish they were different). We’re realistic about who we are and what we can do – and we don’t expect perfection from ourselves or anyone else.

I wish someone had told Jesus that. Just when we think that we can orient our lives around Micah’s teaching and reach some manageable goals, we get today’s Gospel to show us how far off the mark we really are. The Beatitudes are the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; soon we get the scourge of perfectionists everywhere: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” And lest we think that he’s speaking to the core leadership only, he’s not. He’s talking to anyone within earshot. He’s talking to the faithful, the seeker and the doubter. He’s talking to us.

It’s hard to know how this could be good news. Why not just stay with Micah? I mean, we want to be just, especially in the face of horror. We want to be kind, at least most of the time. We may even try to be humble – but no one really wants to be meek. No one wants to be poor in
spirit. We’d like to think that those who mourn will be comforted, that there is some kind of reward in being merciful or in seeking peace. But if purity of heart is the standard, then forget it. Even if we’re talking about single-minded allegiance to God and not moral perfection, it still seems unattainable. And if rejoicing in the face of persecution is the way to the kingdom of heaven, then why even hope to get there?

To be fair, Jesus never claimed that any of this is easy. He said that we would be blessed. What does that mean? Anyone who has ever been told “bless your heart” knows that it means the exact opposite. When many people say that they’re blessed, it means that they’re grateful for what they have. It’s a way of making peace with the unacceptable gap between those who have and those who don’t. If we’re grateful for what we have, then we don’t have to feel guilty about it, right? Honestly, I’m not sure that guilt helps here. The most vulnerable among us don’t need our guilt; guilt does not feed or clothe or protect anyone. Guilt is not the point; the fact that Jesus calls us to more than just gratitude is. Then what does blessing mean? When we’re blessed, we are loved and cared for by God, whether we realize it or not. As my mentor Jerome Berryman once put it, we are affirmed where we are and, at the same time, the best is called forth from us. In other words, we can become more than what we have been; we can do more than what we have already done. We are trusted with what is worth doing in this life.

Perhaps the good news in today’s Gospel is this: the Beatitudes are not entrance requirements for our individual salvation; they’re a description of what a community living toward the kingdom of heaven looks like – what we are called to look like. When we recognize our poverty and emptiness in spirit and that self-sufficiency was never the goal, we as a community are blessed. When we acknowledge the beauty and value of what we have lost and let ourselves mourn, we are blessed. When we’re humble and recognize that God is God and we are not, we have a proper sense of our place in the world and are blessed. When we hunger and thirst for righteousness rather than assume we already have it, when we show others the mercy we’ve been shown, when we seek peace and pursue it – even if we are persecuted in the process

Whenever we can love God and each other with singleness of heart, we are blessed. We’re affirmed where we are, and the best that is in us has a chance to emerge. We don’t need to run, and we don’t need to crawl. Let’s stand together today with our eyes wide open and follow wherever God leads us next. In the Name of the One who walks with us always, Amen.