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.
Pathways Through Lent

Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2016

Last Mother’s Day, my world began to change shape. After listening to a sermon about forgiveness—a message heard many times before—I felt the cracking of my shell. I went home and called my mother, with whom I had had a difficult relationship since my.

Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2016

During the Lenten Season we introduce a new rhythm to our life and days. We introduce elements of prayer, meditation, fasting, and service to our daily routine and these changes have a profound effect on our lives. We become more relaxed and our days.

Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2016

My Aunt Ruth was my Godmother and my best friend. She held me the day I was baptized and was present for every significant event in my life. We spoke to each other every day on the telephone. Aunt Ruth’s path through life was.

Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2016

If only we could start over again … One of the iconic images of medieval times is that of a monk sitting in a scriptorium, copying old manuscripts, because the printing press hadn’t yet been invented. Monks were required to devote at least several.

The Fourth Sunday in lent 2016

As I was walking toward Union Station on my way home from work one evening last December I heard a loud and unpleasant screeching noise. The noise was unsettling, and I was getting closer to it. Finally, I realized what the noise was. Someone.