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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Pathways Through Lent 2023

April 7, 2023, Good Friday

On Good Friday we meditate on the cross. The gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion are unvarnished. It is painful to read about the harm inflicted on Jesus or the suffering … Continue reading April 7, 2023, Good Friday

April 6, 2023, Maundy Thursday

Last year, between the two Maundy Thursday services at St. John’s, I took the metro over to Christ Church, Capitol Hill. I met my wife, son, and father inside on … Continue reading April 6, 2023, Maundy Thursday

April 5, 2023, Wednesday in Holy Week

Sometime in the past 100 years, as a church, we switched from a narrative that, in general terms, tended to emphasize rules, God the Father, punishment, and hell—from that to … Continue reading April 5, 2023, Wednesday in Holy Week

April 4, 2023, Tuesday in Holy Week

Waiting is hard. Whether it’s waiting in traffic, waiting in line, or waiting for test results, there is something about waiting that is not always ideal. We find ourselves in … Continue reading April 4, 2023, Tuesday in Holy Week

April 3, 2023, Monday in Holy Week

Cherry blossom season is always one of our favorite times of the year. Despite being dormant for most of the preceding year, the eager anticipation of the blossoms flourishing into peak … Continue reading April 3, 2023, Monday in Holy Week


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