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

Slow Food for the Heart and Soul 2015

When I was a child, my mother subscribed to a now passé magazine called The Ladies Home Journal. I remember being intrigued by a regular feature depicting a kitchen floor plan crisscrossed with small footprints; the goal was to show how dinner could be prepared.

Disorderly Conduct 2015

At times I look around my house and think “My confusion is continually before me” (Psalm 44:15). I simply own too much stuff and cannot find a place for it. Like many, I am surrounded by clutter. De-cluttering is always on my to-do list..

Learning to Walk in the Dark 2015

This year’s St. John’s Women’s Retreat theme was taken from a book by Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark.  At first glance, I wasn’t sure what to make of this title or concept, but while I was preparing for the Lenten.

Worthy of Your Consideration 2015

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 worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work.” It’s the.

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me 2015

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 death still used in our world today. I had thought of the cross as.