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 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.

Sunday in the Fifth Week of Lent

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild.

Saturday in the Fourth Week of Lent

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:38) What an apt analogy! Water is important to all forms of life that we know. It’s important to human life, animal life, plant life, and.

Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,  I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will.

Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent

The tough little Timex watch I wear on a daily basis is showing signs of age. It loses about a minute each day; the light dims after a few seconds, and one of the loops on the band has fallen off. I have learned.

Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, And all your faithful shall bless you. I must confess that I have never really understood people who don’t love music. Growing up, I always found it odd that my mother would never listen.

Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

The Gospel reading for today takes us to the Bethesda pool, where Jesus asks a sick man if he wants to be made well and then heals him by telling him to pick up his mat and walk. Of course, this is on the.

Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus returns to Galilee and performs another visible miracle for the Galileans: Jesus heals the official’s son. He understands the skepticism of the people there, saying, “Unless you people see miraculous signs, and wonders, you will never believe.” Today we.

Sunday in the Fourth Week of Lent

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) A special friend and I began a conversation about living as people of hope; she is a Quaker and committed member of a Friends community,.

Saturday in the Third Week of Lent

Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. (Hosea 6:3)   As I practice my.