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

The Lenten Fast

Psalm 45 or47,48 Genesis 37:12-24 1 Corinthians 1:20-31 Mark 1:14-28 “Do not judge, so you may not be judged.” Matthew 7:1 Lent is supposed to be a time for fasting, prayer, meditation and worship. I wonder how many Christians get much further than the.


Psalm 41,52 or 44 Genesis 37:1-11 1 Corinthians 1:1-19 Mark 1:1-13 Pathways Through Lent does not include reflections on Sundays, but in my own reflecting upon yesterday’s Gospel, Matthew 4:1-11, the first two verses reminded me of the spiritual journey, the wanderings, my wife,.

Unity in Christ and in One Another

Psalm 30, 32 or 42, 43 Ezekiel 39:21-29 Phil. 4:10-20 John 17:20-26 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe through their word that they may all be one.”  John 17:20 I don’t know how.

Confess, Seek and Act

Psalm 124 Daniel 6:10-16 Hebrews 10:32-39 Matthew 24:9-14 What have you decided to give up for Lent? Theological considerations aside, the question is timely and appropriate after the excess of the holiday season and the string of broken New Year’s resolutions. As children, where.

Forgetting What is Behind

Psalm 37 Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18 Phil. 3:12-21 John 17:1-8 “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14 As a man who discovered.