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.

Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Dew by Naomi Shihab Nye   A Kickapoo grandmother pulled deerhide moccasins out of her bosom, said, If you really want these to fit your feet, walk in the dew a little, walk in the dew. She lived in a cattail hut ringed by.

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Untitled by Kitty O’Meara   And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And some listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced,.

Saturday in the Third Week of Lent

I don’t remember the first time I heard Allegri’s Miserere, a setting of the text from Psalm 51. Probably in the car while my mother drove us around the Anchorage suburbs, meditating through the potholes and the deep snow and the seasonal depression. I.

Friday in the Third Week of Lent

Greetings from the Editors of Pathways through Lent! Many of the reflections for this Lenten season were written by gifted members of St. John’s Church weeks ago. We will continue publishing them each day for the wisdom and insight they provide in our Lenten.

Thursday in the Third Week of Lent

Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

Prayer for a Pandemic by Cameron Bellm – used with permission May we who are merely inconvenienced Remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors Remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from.

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

Ichigo Ichie I recently began reading this book Ichigo Ichie by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, the authors of Ikigai. It reminds me of the way we finish our services each week: “Life is short…”  Ichigo Ichie is about seeing each time we meet friends and.

Monday in the Third Week of Lent

One of my favorite scriptures is Ecclesiastes 3:1 — “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Time is one of the most precious gifts that God gives to us. With it, we can do what we want..

Third Sunday in Lent

The Lenten message posted on a neighborhood Baptist church’s signboard reads: Seek Justice Love Mercy Walk humbly with God What might Micah’s message to the Israelites [Micah 6:9] ask us to do today, in the context of being better stewards of this good earth,.

Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

As the youngest of three sisters, I have always been especially moved by the Parable of the Prodigal Son, found in Luke. As a child, I often found myself angry that my parents did not seem to punish my sisters for misbehaving. Of course,.