Advent is here ... with that an invitation to wait and to keep watch for the coming of the Christ child. Advent is counter cultural to the hectic pace of December and getting ready for Christmas. There is nothing wrong with decorating, baking, shopping and wrapping gifts, as you prepare your home for the holiday. This Advent give yourself the gift of time and space to prepare your heart for the Holy Day of Christmas, where God shares the greatest gift of love in the birth of Jesus.Learn More
Welcome to St. Columba's!
St. Columba’s is a lively community of faith engaged in many ministries. Your presence here is a gift. Are you …
• New to Washington? New to Christianity or the Episcopal Church?
• Searching … for a comfortable church home for yourself or your family?
• Interested … in exploring your faith, doubts and life’s big questions?
• Hoping to serve … those in need, to make a difference in the world?
We are here for you … Welcome to St. Columba’s!
Come Worship With Us This Week
Christmas Worship Schedule
Join us as we celebrate Jesus' birth, the coming of hope into our lives. All services held in the Church Nave (overflow seating available in the Common, see map). If you are hoping to sit in the Church Nave, we strongly recommend you consider coming to the 8 pm or 10:30 pm services, or arrive very early for the 6 pm. No Sunday School and Youth programming is scheduled.
Monday, Dec. 24
Children’s Pageant, 11 am & 4 pm
A festive Christmas service for children (30 min.). Shepherd, angel or animal costumes encouraged!
Festival Eucharist, 6 pm
The Boy and Girl Choirs lead our praises in the first Eucharist of Christmas. Prelude at 5:45 pm.
Festival Eucharist, 8 pm
A full festival Christmas liturgy with the St. Columba Singers and Virginia Brass. Christmas carol prelude at 7:45 pm. Best option for ensuring seats in the Church Nave on Christmas Eve.
MONday, Dec. 24
Festival Choral Eucharist, 10:30 pm
A glorious Eucharist with music from the St. Columba Singers, Gallery and Alumni Choirs and Virginia Brass.
TUESday, Dec. 25
Festival Christmas Eucharist, 12 noon
A celebration of Jesus' birth with congregational carols and special solos by parishioner Rosa Lamoreaux, an internationally acclaimed soprano.
Sunday, Dec. 30
Sunday Eucharist, 8, 9:15 & 11:15 am
An abbreviated Sunday worship schedule. The 9:15 am service for young children and their families. No Great Hall services. No Sunday School and Youth programming.
Sunday, Jan. 6
Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord
Regular Sunday schedule: Eucharist in the Church Nave at: 8, 9 and 11:15 am, and children’s services in the Great Hall at: 9:15 and 11:15 am. Sunday School and Youth programming resume.
On Monday, Dec. 31 at 6 pm, St. Columba’s will hold its annual New Year’s Eve Concert, “Bach through Modern,” with performances by Rosa Lamoreaux, Anders Brodnax, Betty Bullock, Ann Colgrove, Diane Heath, Jon Nazdin, Anne Timpane and David Timpane. Come enjoy an early concert of Bach, American Songbook, Johann Strauss, Couperin, a world premiere by Justus Parrotta, and the Harmonic Introductions.Learn More
The Nominating committee is very pleased to announce election results for St. Columba's vestry and diocesan delegates. Nominating committee co-chairs Joe Kolar and Len Kennedy also extend a special thanks to all the candidates willing to step into leadership roles at St. Columba’s this year, members of this year’s Nominating Committee who contribute time and effort to this important work and voting members of the parish.Learn More
There are many privileges of participation at St Columba’s. We engage in powerful worship, compelling educational programs for all ages, service to our neighbors and in the joy of sharing our gifts. The privilege of offering our financial support – and the support of our time, energies and talents – is key to who we are and what we believe in. As our annual pledge campaign kicks off, learn more about giving at St. Columba's ...Learn More
Come Visit Us!
We are located at 4201 Albemarle St., NW, one block west of Wisconsin Ave. and just north of the intersection of Wisconsin and Nebraska Aves. (Tenley Circle).
Metro: Take the Red Line to the Tenleytown/AU station. Use the west exit, and head south on Wisconsin Avenue. Turn right onto Albemarle Street and walk one block to the church.
Parking: Street parking is easy to find on most days. There is a small church parking located on Butterworth Place, which is available on Sunday mornings and weekday evenings.
Accessibility: On Sundays, there is an accessible drop-off/pick-up area in front of the 42nd Street entrance. There is accessibility from the parking lot (where there are reserved handicapped spaces). Come in through the Nursery School entrance. There is an elevator at the end of that hall.
Get in Touch
We'd love to hear from you.
Parish Office4201 Albemarle St., NW
Washington, DC 20016
Monday – Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm
Friday: 9 am to 4 pm
For pastoral emergencies after office hours, please call 202-669-4856 to reach a member of the clergy.