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.
Pathways Through Lent

Pathways Through Lent

Monday in the Second Week of Lent

Sing Me To Heaven “In my heart’s sequestered chambers lie truths stripped of poets’ gloss Words alone are vain and vacant, and my heart is mute In response to aching silence, memory summons half-heard voices And my soul finds primal eloquence, and wraps me.

Second Sunday in Lent

In early January during a particularly cold spell, Joanne and I drove home from Minneapolis, taking a scenic and slower route along the upper Mississippi River rather than the interstate. The river was frozen over, and visible life seemed on hold. The ice was.

Saturday in the First Week of Lent

“Stay in the light.” A dear Quaker friend often ends her email and voice-messages with this phrase—a mantra for a joyful Christian life. Ours is a positive religion. As Christians, we are called to be optimistic. That is the hope and the promise of.

Friday in the First Week of Lent

On the Second Sunday After Epiphany, the Rev. Dr. Luis León delivered a sermon on the calling of Samuel, who was ministering to the Lord under Eli. As Luis shared his moving story of being called to his first church in Paterson, N. J.,.

Thursday in the First Week of Lent

Today’s reading from Matthew brings some words that at first glance seem like a pretty good guarantee: “seek and ye shall find.” If you put in a bit of effort to seek, you will be rewarded. Yet even with this guarantee, we can be.