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.

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.
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.

New entries appear here daily through Lent, or you may subscribe to receive a daily email.

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent

  The Martin Family, Ministries to Children, Youth, and Families   Appointed readings for today: Genesis 17:1–8 Psalm 105:4–11 John 8:51–59

Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

A Take on Today’s Collect and the Daily Office   Almighty God our heavenly Father, renew in us the gifts of your mercy; increase our faith, strengthen our hope, enlighten our understanding, widen our charity, and make us ready to serve you; through Jesus.

Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

Psalm 102:15–22 The nations shall fear your Name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth your glory. For the Lord will build up Zion, and his glory will appear. He will look with favor on the prayer of the homeless; he will not.

Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent

At the St. John’s Women’s Retreat earlier this month, just prior to the recommendations for physical distancing, we were able to enjoy community, love, joy in nature by the ocean, each other’s company, and Rev. Jane Hague’s leadership of our worship and study.  We.

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Psalm 130 (De profundis) Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication. If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, O Lord, who could stand?.

Saturday in the Fourth Week of Lent

That at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue should acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11)   I love this verse..

Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Pilgrims in the Land of the Holy One bask and bathe in sights, sounds, smells and tastes of so much that is unique to the places and people here: vivid Armenian pottery designs; cool church interiors at biblical sites; the unique dress of so.

Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent

This is the time to be slow, Lie low to the wall Until the bitter weather passes. Try, as best you can, not to let The wire brush of doubt Scrape from your heart All sense of yourself And your hesitant light. If you.

Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent (Feast of the Annunciation)

Maria by Elizabeth Eybers   An angel was the bearer Of that joyful tiding, and you Responded with a hymn of praise, Mary, young maid from Nazareth. When Joseph thought of deserting you And suspicious neighbours peered out at you Did you, I wonder,.

Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…. Psalm 46, 1-2.   It is nearly impossible to read anything in the Bible and not immediately interpret the calamities as symbolic of our world today. We are.