St. Alban’s Church, St. Pete Beach
open, inclusive, welcoming
St. Alban’s is a faith community where diversity is honored and celebrated; where acceptance, encouragement and love are given so that all people may explore their journey in faith; and where, through our many gifts, we cultivate a desire to give in thankfulness for all God has given us.
We are a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida and are part of the world wide Anglican Communion. The Rt Rev. Dabney T. Smith is the Bishop of the Diocese. The Rt Rev. Barry Howe and J. Michael Garrison are Assisting Bishops.
As responsible stewards of the church and its property, we are exploring ways in which we can become a ‘green’ church. To that end, we are making it easier to pay pledges or make donations by using the donate button on this website.
The Rev. Gigi Conner is the Priest in Charge.
SUMMER SUNDAY SERVICES @ 9:30AM
pot-luck dinner after service
AUGUST 1 @ 6:00PM- come see Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
DVD starring Donny Osmond – enjoy fellowship with others, the uplifting music which features almost every genre of music known, some popcorn and pizza- and short discussion afterwards.
This summer the Hebrew Scripture focuses on the saga of Abraham and Sarah which is enormous! Like all stories,theirs had a plot made up of crisis, challenges, and resolution. But theseare the ancestors of our faith we’re talking about and it seems they hadmore of everything:crises, challenges, even descendants.
To read or download click on the BLUE stories of our ancestors (because it’s a PDF page numbers may be skewed.)
AUGUST 3 – SUNDAY BRUNCH FOLLOWING SERVICE
SEPTEMBER 6 – SEMINAR ON FINDING INNER PEACE
ST. ALBAN’S VALUES
We welcome all people and celebrate the diversity of our community.We nurture the creative spirit and offer worship that preserves the solace of time-honored tradition while embracing the vitality of fresh perspectives.We support one another as we explore our faith, offering a variety of spiritual experiences for adults and youth alike.We are a community where acceptance, encouragement and love awaken people’s desire to give something back to God, to the community, and to the world.
Get On Board the Peace Train!
August 8 – Friday - Taco Dinner & Tie Dye Tee Shirt Party
We’re providing an opportunity to make your tee shirt for the September 21 Peace Day.
SEPTEMBER 21- INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY
St. Alban’s Church will make a dramatic statement for peace throughout the world by planting a 6 ft tall Peace Pole
The world-wide Peace Pole project originated in Japan through the Society of Prayer for World Peace and has spread to more than 70 countries around the globe. There are now more than 1,000 Peace Poles in the United States, including several that have been dedicated by Episcopal churches. The four-sided obelisk, made of redwood,will bear the inscription “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its four sides and each will be in a different language – perhaps: English, Spanish, Seminole and French?
The message of “May Peace Prevail” on Earth can be easily understood and embraced by people in every nation and all walks of life. Words possess energy and influence humanity. This message of peace is a pure and genuine expression of universal love. It works to awaken the common wish for peace within the hearts of all global citizens and helps to reconfirm the true mission of humankind – to work for reconciliation and peace on earth. The Peace Pole will be carried in procession at the end of the service to the spot where it will be “planted.” A special Litany for Peace will be used in the dedication ceremony and the congregation will sing the song, “Let there be peace on earth (and let it begin with me).” Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light lunch together.
The Peace Pole will be a constant reminder of the need for each of us to be thinking, praying, and working in the spirit of world peace.
ALTAR CLOTH PROJECT
Time to get out your tie-dyed shirts (or find one at the Attic Shoppe),love beads, and other peacenik items to prepare for International Peace Day on September 21.
PLUS we are making a special altar cloth for this day.
On the first Sunday of each month in June, July, August, and September, you will have an opportunity to ‘color’ yourself with fabric crayons – using a special pattern.
These figures will be ironed on to a piece of material and we will all appear as a hand-holding congregation on the front of the altar. Those who live far a way during the summer will be sent a pattern. We go from this pattern-
you pick out your ‘size’- color with fabric crayons and then you will be ironed on to the cloth
which will end up looking something like this.