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.
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Dispatches from the Holy Land – January 25

We embarked Friday before dawn. Walking in silence from our guest house to Herod’s Gate, we entered the old city of Jerusalem. From there, we walked the 14 stations of the cross, following the Via Dolorosa. Each pilgrim took a turn carrying the cross and reading passages of scripture and prayers from Rev. Canon John Peterson’s A Walk in Jerusalem. We concluded our walk in the early morning light at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest in Christendom. It includes both the site of Jesus’s crucifixion and his tomb. Chants from two of the six different denominations with responsibility for the church amplified the sanctity of this holy place.

Our last day also included a Eucharist in Emmaus Nicopolis, site of a ruined Byzantine church that marks where Jesus shared a meal with two of his followers after His resurrection. Luke’s Gospel says: “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the scriptures?” Thanks to the leadership and knowledge of Iyad and Andy, the warmth and skill of Omar, and the fellowship of a delightful group of pilgrims, our hearts are burning with gratitude and wonder for a grace-filled and blessed pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Jennifer and Woody Turner


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