Welcome to St. John's Church, Lafayette Square—a vibrant historic Episcopal church located across from the White House. We invite you to join with us for worship, Christian fellowship and outreach.


From our organization as a parish in 1815 to today, St. John's Church has provided a powerful symbol of faith in the heart of our nation's capital.


At St. John's, we believe Christ is calling us to be a renewed church in a changing world. In worship, education, parish life, and social action, we seek to expand our horizons by serving God by loving one another.

Clergy, Staff, & Vestry

Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

Directions & Parking

Located at the corner of 16th and H Streets in Northwest Washington, St. John's is near the McPherson Square and Farragut North Metro stations. Limited street parking is available; free valet parking is offered for certain hours.
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Worthy of Your Consideration

In our Litany of Penitence that we pray every Ash Wednesday there is one line that always catches my attention. It is “We confess to you, our intemperate love of … Continue reading Worthy of Your Consideration

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me

Lent is traditionally a time to reflect on the difficulties and even suffering in our lives.  In my recent studies, I read more about the cross, this horrible instrument of … Continue reading Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me

Set Your Priorities by Putting God First

Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 “Then God spoke all these words: . . .” WTOP recently reported that Millennials are more stressed than any other age … Continue reading Set Your Priorities by Putting God First

The Ministry of Helpfullness

Recently my youngest brother, Don, sent me notes from  Life Together, a book written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in 1939. The author had been one of our favorite Lutheran theologians (we were … Continue reading The Ministry of Helpfullness

An Unspoken Message

Ash Wednesday – service at St. John’s. Ashes on the forehead, a perfect cross. As you leave church and go through the day, you forget that you have this imprint … Continue reading An Unspoken Message


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