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

Giving Up Everything

Psalm 116:1, 10–17 Exodus 12:1–14 1 Corinthians 11:23–26 John 13:1–17, 31b–35 It is said it takes three weeks to make a change in your life and break a habit. In my case, it took 45 years. During a very difficult time for me some.

Love at All Times

Psalm 70 Isaiah 50:4–9a Hebrews 12:1–3 John 13:21–32 On this Wednesday of Holy Week, we recall the betrayal of Jesus by his friend Judas. Externally, Judas appeared to be the perfect friend to Jesus. He treated Jesus with all due respect and devotion, and.

The Power of Prayer

Psalm 71:1–14 Isaiah 49:1–7 1 Corinthians 1:18–31 John 12:20–36 It all began with my search for someone to walk my new dog. Of the many replies I received, the one that stood out was from 18-year-old Jesse, whose father, he mentioned, was pastor of.

God Loves Me

Psalm 36:5–11 Isaiah 42:1–9 Hebrews 9:11–15 John 12:1–11 From 2001–2011, I was part of St. John’s team of lay Eucharistic ministers (LEMs), taking the Eucharist and news of the parish to members who couldn’t attend services. The people we LEMs visit often tell us.

Upon My Knees

Psalm 31:9–16 Isaiah 50:4–9a Philippians 2:5–11 Mark 14:1–15:47 or Mark 15:1–39 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble…–Psalm 31:9 Ever since I was 5, I had a lot of trouble with my knees. Sometimes the pain was so bad I.