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, 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.

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent

“Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given.

Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the.

Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

“To everything there is a season…” Late November and early December herald the coming of not only our Savior, but that of designing, printing, and mailing the annual family Christmas card. As the keeper of the family address list, it is my joyful duty to.

Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent

Psalm 17 – the Prayer of David – says, “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand.” This.

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’” John.

Saturday in the Fourth Week of Lent

  Saint Patrick is thought to have died on this day 1,557 years ago.  He is remembered and celebrated for bringing Christianity to Ireland, and is counted as chief amongst the early Irish Saints, like Brigid, Ciarán, Brendan, Columba, Canice, Mobhí, and Laisrén. We remember these saints.

Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy; When I fall, I shall rise; When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. Micah 7:8 Ever since elementary school, I have had a difficulty with math. As a small second grader,.

Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Skiing in the mountains of Utah: God’s country. He is present in the overwhelming magnificence of this landscape as I survey the space from a 9,000 feet perspective. It seems unchanging, and yet I know it is evolving just as I am. The trails change; the.

Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

A dear friend unexpectedly lost his wife in the prime of her life. As he has struggled with his grief and the sorrow of their two teenage sons, he has also tried to find a way to recognize his wife as the brilliant architect,.

Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

“I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my foes rejoice over me.” (Psalm 30:1) Although David recounts his distress, he encourages others to praise God and put their trust in Him. As I read this passage,.