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

Easter Sunday 2020

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams was visiting Trinity Wall Street on the morning of September 11, 2001. Because Trinity is very close to the World Trade Center, he and a number of others were caught basically underground when the towers came down. There was.

Holy Saturday 2020

Psalm 118 (A Song of Victory)   O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say,.

Good Friday 2020

Good Friday is an ending, not a beginning. It is not a dark blur in the rear view mirror as we hurry towards Easter morning. It’s not just a dip in the road before the sun breaks out at the brow of the hill..

Maundy Thursday 2020

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. Lady Julian of Norwich     I carry these words with me on a post-it, courtesy of a sermon by former St. John’s clergy Lisa Sanders Ahuja..

Wednesday in Holy Week 2020

It’s almost clichéd for spiritual writing to ask you to step back and savor the moments of your life. God is eternal, we’re reminded, and there’s value in taking it slow.   The readings today are not like that: Jesus would like Judas to.