The Episcopal Church is a liturgical church, which means that our worship follows a structure without many changes during the seasons of the year. The Book of Common Brayer is the basis for our communal worship, and we believe that the Bible is the Word of God and contains all things necessary for salvation.
All worshipers in the Episcopal and Anglican Churches follow the Book of Common Prayer. It is called "common prayer" because we all pray it together, around the world. The Book of Common Prayer contains the services for the sacraments and other sacramental rites of the church. While other worship resources and prayers exist to enrich our worship, the Book of Common Prayer is the authority that shapes our worship.
We believe that Jesus established two sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. Other sacramental rites in the Episcopal Church are confirmation, ordination, holy matrimony, reconciliation, and unction.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds form the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Our statement of faith is contained in the Nicene Creed that sets forth our belief in the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Episcopal Church is the American part of the worldwide Anglican Communion that numbers about 80 million members. In the 16th century, the Church of England was established by its separation from the Roman Catholic Church. Thus there are many similarities in liturgies between the two churches, but some differences in theology. The American Revolution prompted the colonists to establish the Episcopal Church in 1789, severing its relationship with the Church of England. Today, the Episcopal Church is seen as a “bridge” or “middle way” between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism because it contains elements of both.
All couples who desire to be married at St. Alban’s must meet with Mother Sharon and participate in marriage preparation sessions. Please contact the church office to set an appointment to talk with Mother Sharon.
We have a small youth group that meets twice monthly for fun and for service to the church. They also participate in our summer Reading Camp as “amigos” to the campers.
It’s easy! The first step is to be baptized. Confirmation classes are available for those who don’t have a church affiliation or who would like to learn more about the Episcopal Church. Members of certain other denominations may be “received” into the Episcopal Church, and Episcopalians may transfer their membership to other Episcopal congregations. Contact Mother Sharon for more detailed information.
All baptized persons, regardless of age or church affiliation, are welcome to receive communion at St. Alban’s table. If you would like information about baptism, please talk with Mother Sharon.
Episcopalians are unique in our approach to defining faith and doctrine by the metaphor of the “three-legged stool” that is scripture/tradition/reason. Scripture: We believe the Bible is the Word of God and it should be looked at in the context of our own time and place. Tradition: The traditions of the Church connect all generations together and give us a starting point for our own understanding. Reason: We believe that every Christian must build an understanding and relationship with God, and to do that, God has given us intelligence and our own experience.
St. Alban’s has a faithful group that meets Tuesday mornings for Bible studies and book discussions.
The church is easily accessible from the street via an elevator to the worship area. The parish hall and church offices are located on the ground floor and handicap parking is also available.
St. Alban’s is very active in its outreach ministries. There is always a need and St. Alban’s is always ready to serve.