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.

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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An Important Message from the Rector

Dear St. John’s Community,

I have important news to share. As you’ve probably seen in the media, yesterday afternoon Bishop Mariann Budde made the responsible but difficult decision to have all churches in the Diocese of Washington cease to have gatherings of any size for the next two weeks. This includes not only worship gatherings, but also business done in church buildings. So much as is possible, we will do our work and ministry remotely, and I expect that we will find creative and new ways to do this. (You can read Bishop Mariann’s full statement here. And a further description of guidelines is here.)

We will be sending resources to help our community stay connected, which will also include ways to worship at home. I am putting together plans for an abbreviated worship service that we will be able to offer from St. John’s to stream on Sunday morning. Information on how to view it will be forthcoming. Also, this Sunday, the cathedral will have a live sermon from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at 11:15 a.m. (found here.)

More details will be coming soon. Yesterday was a surreal experience for all of us on staff, as you can imagine. The bottom line is that this is absolutely the responsible thing to do.

Remember also that while isolation is good for stopping the spread of disease, it is not good for the soul.

Therefore, I encourage each one of you to actively reach out in any way you can to one another, whether by phone, FaceTime, text, email or anything else that works for you. Fortunately, we are not currently aware of any cases of COVID-19 in our congregation. If you have contracted the virus, please let me know. We want to be able to offer help and prayers to those affected. While this is undoubtedly a difficult time, I hope we can all take this opportunity to stay connected to one another perhaps in new ways while staying connected to God with prayer and reflection. Know that I am praying for you all as well.

God’s peace,

The Rev. Robert W. Fisher
Rector
St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square
1525 H Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
202-347-8766, ext. 302

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