WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

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.

History

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.

Mission

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

Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

Service Times

St. John's offers several opportunities on Sundays and during the workweek for you to join us during worship. All are welcome.

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.

Rector Transition

On October 17, 2017, the Rev. Dr. Luis León, rector of St. John's Church, announced his retirement in May 2018.
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Dispatches from the Holy Land – January 24

St. Helena is one of the most important Christian historians in the Holy Land. Her name has come up again and again throughout our trip, and we have seen how her work has allowed pilgrims to experience Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection more fully.

The mother of Emperor Constantine, Helena was charged by her son to visit the Holy Land and locate Judeo Christian artifacts. Fascinatingly, she was in her seventies when she traveled from Rome to Jerusalem (among other locations). During this voyage, she’s said to have found Calvary and Jesus’s cross (a statue depicting this is located in the lower level of the Holy Sepulcher and is pictured here); visited Bethlehem and commissioned the Church of the Nativity atop of the cave where Jesus was born; and is believed to have located the spot where Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives.

While many of these sites (and others) have changed shape or ownership over the centuries, the ability to see the memorialization of such holy places helps us more fully paint the roadmap of Jesus’s life and ministry — and we have Queen Helena to thank for it!

Sara McGanity


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