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, 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 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.

Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1 This passage from St. John’s Gospel has taken on a new meaning for me as we begin our search for a new rector. Recall that immediately preceding this.

Monday in the Second Week of Lent

Sing Me To Heaven “In my heart’s sequestered chambers lie truths stripped of poets’ gloss Words alone are vain and vacant, and my heart is mute In response to aching silence, memory summons half-heard voices And my soul finds primal eloquence, and wraps me.

Second Sunday in Lent

In early January during a particularly cold spell, Joanne and I drove home from Minneapolis, taking a scenic and slower route along the upper Mississippi River rather than the interstate. The river was frozen over, and visible life seemed on hold. The ice was.

Saturday in the First Week of Lent

“Stay in the light.” A dear Quaker friend often ends her email and voice-messages with this phrase—a mantra for a joyful Christian life. Ours is a positive religion. As Christians, we are called to be optimistic. That is the hope and the promise of.

Friday in the First Week of Lent

On the Second Sunday After Epiphany, the Rev. Dr. Luis León delivered a sermon on the calling of Samuel, who was ministering to the Lord under Eli. As Luis shared his moving story of being called to his first church in Paterson, N. J.,.

Thursday in the First Week of Lent

Today’s reading from Matthew brings some words that at first glance seem like a pretty good guarantee: “seek and ye shall find.” If you put in a bit of effort to seek, you will be rewarded. Yet even with this guarantee, we can be.

Wednesday in the First Week of Lent

Recently, I had the occasion to meet a Catholic bishop in town for a conference. He was on his way to dinner but was kind enough to spare me a few minutes. I said to him, “my friend here is a sinner (I’m not?)..