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.
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.

Second Sunday in Lent

A Reflection on Psalm 121 I am in love with city living. There’s nothing more beautiful to me than a densely populated urban landscape, teeming with energy, diversity, and vitality. There’s perhaps nothing more emblematic of those characteristics than a city’s uniquely crafted skyline..

Saturday in the First Week of Lent

Life is short. And we do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us. So be swift to love. Make haste to be kind. [Then comes the blessing:] And the blessing of God, Father, Son,.

Friday in the First Week of Lent

None of the transgressions that they have committed shall be remembered against them; for the righteousness that they have done they shall live. (Ezekiel 18:22) I certainly wouldn’t want to be remembered for the worst things I’ve done in my life. I look back.

Thursday in the First Week of Lent

Navigating the Road Ahead When I was a boy, our family lived for several years in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s major port on the Pacific coast. Duty called my Dad to Quito, the capital, and he decided to make a family trip out of it. We.

Wednesday in the First Week of Lent

Our Lenten readings today really hit home the point about the importance of having faith without expecting constant signs, direction, or affirmation from God about how we are doing. It reminds me of the challenges facing parents these days, as well as anyone tasked.

Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

In today’s Old Testament reading (Isaiah 55:6-11), Isaiah talks of how God is merciful, looking to pardon and forgive those who do not believe or those who may not live in his image. While doing that, God also acknowledges that we as people are.

Monday in the First Week of Lent

Laws!  They’re all around us.  Social norms, parental rules, rules of the road, laws of nature, local ordinances, civil laws and criminal laws at all levels–all sorts of learned and externally-created rules to live by. Some are meant to keep us safe (Remember being.

First Sunday in Lent

God is aware of our shortcomings, when we fail to live up to what we want to be or do, and when we trespass against others. Adam and Eve were tested by the serpent, and they fell short. We all do! My guess is.

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

During Lent we might consider if our weekly routines allow for rest, for real Sabbath. How we rest is important. How we rest also changes. For example, consider how we rest during the work week and how that differs from how we rest on.

Friday after Ash Wednesday

My grandmother Rebecca passed away last year. Although I miss her terribly, I am thankful for the many valuable lessons she taught me. One of them is quite simple: If you wake up feeling bad in the morning, get up, take a shower and put some clothes.