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.

Friday in the Third Week of Lent

Two of the three lessons for today mention “hearing:” Psalm 81 states, “Hear, O my people, while I admonish you; O Israel, if you would but listen to me!” The first commandment from Mark 12 states, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the.

Thursday in the Third Week of Lent

Many years ago, in another time and place (and career), a competitor offered me an attractive management position as a member of its commercial real estate team. I was happy at my present company where I enjoyed my colleagues and the work, but the.

Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

Lent gives us an opportunity to reflect upon what it means to fully surrender to God’s will – to completely let go of everything we think we know. We are asked to relinquish control over all the things we can’t control. We remember where.

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” For many reasons, I always love reading this familiar passage about.

Monday in the Third Week of Lent

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…” Sounds easy, doesn’t it?! When you hear that song for the first time, it IS easy to let your light shine. Likely, you were between the ages of three and five! All of the.

Third Sunday of Lent

Psalm 63 talks about crying out to God. When should we cry out to God? What happens when we cry out to God? In the Catholic tradition there are worshipers that practice novenas. When I am afraid I schedule a novena. It’s a prayer.

Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

Faith is deeply personal. While we gather in fellowship and community, in shared belief and the desire to be agents of positive change in the world, we have our unique stories and struggles, our joys and sorrows. It is one of life’s quiet mysteries.

Friday in the Second Week of Lent

Look for the Good The Book of Genesis shares the story of Joseph, a young man who was sold into slavery by his brothers (after they had first thought to kill him). Inspiringly, even in the face of this injustice, Joseph held to the.

Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

I recently moved into a new apartment building. Or as the building would like to say, a new “community.” Right before I signed the lease, I noticed that the leasing agent kept referring to the building as a “community” and never once used the.

Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent

Every night, there’s a pretty standard post-dinner scene that plays out in my house. Some nights it goes better than others, but almost always, someone ends up in a timeout or has lost a privilege. I’m not asking for much. Brush your teeth, put.

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