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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Update from Hilary West, chair of the Rector Search Committee

Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2018

“I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.” (Isaiah 65:17) “Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:6) The last chapters of Isaiah are written amidst.

Fourth Sunday in Lent 2018

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God.

Saturday in the Third Week of Lent 2018

The excessive pride and faux gratitude of the Pharisee in Luke 18:9-14 may be something familiar to us right now. We live in an era where America, as a country, puts itself first and refuses to provide sanctuary for the helpless and take in.

Thursday in the Third Week of Lent 2018

Many years ago, in another time and place (and career), a competitor offered me an attractive management position as a member of its commercial real estate team. I was happy at my present company where I enjoyed my colleagues and the work, but the.