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.
Pathways Through Lent

Pathways Through Lent

Pathways Through Lent, our annual series of devotions, is a companion in the deeply spiritual time of Lent. Parishioners contribute to this series by writing reflection, sometimes based upon the day’s readings from the Daily Office, and often drawing from their lives’ experiences.

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Monday in the Second Week in Lent

Most days, I am downstairs first. I start the coffee, get the papers off the porch, and turn on the radio. One day when the radio came on, I heard a woman’s voice say, “So that just goes to show that it’s hard to.

Second Sunday in Lent

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca   Gilda Radner is quoted as having said that dogs, through their unconditional love, are the “role model for being alive.” Countless books have been written about all they teach us, and we.

Saturday in the First Week in Lent

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. (Matthew.

Friday in the First Week in Lent

Psalm 130 dates back to the 6th Century BCE. It was authored during the 70-year period of the Babylonian captivity under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. The people of Israel were detained or exiled to Babylonia. The temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. The Jewish.

Thursday in the First Week in Lent

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8).

Wednesday in the First Week in Lent

When the prophet Jonah finally got back on course and arrived in Nineveh to preach, he had one big “fish story” to tell: I was a goner, I was drowning in the sea, and I was saved by a fish this big! Can you.

First Tuesday in Lent

In the Church, the discernment process is a period in which a candidate reflects on whether he or she has a calling to the priesthood. If, at the end of that period, there is a determination to pursue ordination, the bishop’s permission is sought.

First Monday in Lent

It’s trendy and seemingly unoffensive to take an agnostic approach to religion these days (and probably previous days and days to come). I’m a millennial, and discussing faith with my peers in a group setting almost always elicits a few comments like, “I don’t.

First Sunday in Lent

So I finally did it. I gave up all social media. Well, it’s only been about two months, but I can certainly share that not only am I more productive, but I also feel better. I guess you can say I’m happier. In today’s.

First Saturday in Lent

In Psalm 86:11 the psalmist writes, “O Lord; I will walk in thy truth”. And each of us Christians wishes to walk in God’s truth. One Sunday morning, Andy began his sermon by speaking two truths: God is, and I am not God. How.