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

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.


2018 Salon Concert

As part of St. John’s community building events, parishioners Andrew Clarke and Chip Sherrill hosted a salon concert of chamber music featuring Robert DiLutis, professor of clarinet at the University of Maryland, Noah Getz, musician-in-residence at American University, and Jeffrey Chappell, piano faculty member at.

2018 St. John’s Women’s Retreat Report

Twenty-two women from the parish gathered over the weekend of March 9-11 at the DuPont Memorial House in Rehoboth, Delaware for the fifth Lenten women’s retreat. Organized by Lisa Kirchenbauer, this year’s program, “Connecting in a Time of Disconnectedness,” was led by the Rev..


A Letter from the Senior Warden – 14 November 2017

November 14, 2017 Dear Parishioners, Following up on my October 24 letter, I would like to share several updates as we begin to move forward in the transition process. To begin, the Vestry had a very informative and productive day-long retreat at Virginia Theological.

A Letter from the Senior Warden – 24 October 2017

October 24, 2017 Dear Parishioners, As you all have learned, our Rector has announced his intention to retire next year, and his last Sunday with us will be May 20, 2018. Luis has been our steadfast leader for over 23 years – a constant and.

2017 Christmas Pageant – Sign Up

St. John’s annual Christmas Pageant will take place on Christmas Eve at the 5:00 p.m. service. Children ages three and up are invited to participate in the Pageant as an Angel, Shepherd, or Friendly Beast. All children who wish to participate must attend the rehearsal on.

2017 St. John’s Christmas Gift Drive

Please return all gifts by Wednesday, December 13. The annual Christmas Gift Drive is here! As in past years, we are partnering with Advocates for Justice and Education, Bishop Walker School, Southeast White House/DC Dream Center, and St. John’s Community Services to bring joy.

An Important Message from our Rector

October 17, 2017 Dear Parishioners, Tonight at our October Vestry meeting, I informed the Vestry of my intention to retire as Rector of this incredible parish. My last Sunday at St. John’s will be Sunday, May 20, 2018. I find it hard to express.

2017 Church School Registration

Dear Nursery and Church School Parents, As we begin the renovation of our Parish House, I want to share details about arrangements for the Nursery and Church School. I want to emphasize especially that plans are being made to continue both programs — and.

2017 Parish House Renovation

September 20, 2017 Dear Parishioners, I am writing to update you on the progress of our Parish House renovation. Originally, work was scheduled to begin on or around September 1. Due to permitting issues with the District’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, that.

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