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

Friday in the First Week of Lent 2018

On the Second Sunday After Epiphany, the Rev. Dr. Luis León delivered a sermon on the calling of Samuel, who was ministering to the Lord under Eli. As Luis shared his moving story of being called to his first church in Paterson, N. J.,.

Thursday in the First Week of Lent 2018

Today’s reading from Matthew brings some words that at first glance seem like a pretty good guarantee: “seek and ye shall find.” If you put in a bit of effort to seek, you will be rewarded. Yet even with this guarantee, we can be.

Wednesday in the First Week of Lent 2018

Recently, I had the occasion to meet a Catholic bishop in town for a conference. He was on his way to dinner but was kind enough to spare me a few minutes. I said to him, “my friend here is a sinner (I’m not?)..

Tuesday in the First Week of Lent 2018

Most of us probably know the Lord’s Prayer by heart if we grew up as Christians. Maybe our parents taught it to us, or we learned it in Sunday School. Maybe we prayed it every night at bedtime as children. We recite it every.

Monday in the First Week of Lent 2018

A friend gave me her vacuum cleaner as part of a downsizing move. Replacing my nearly 50-year old warhorse vacuum has been quite an adventure in upgrading. Who knew there were so many attachments and ways to clean far more than just floors? What.