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.

"I would be glad to." 2011

First Friday of Lent [Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, 386] Deuteronomy 10:12-22 Psalms 40, 51, 54 Hebrews 4:11-16 John 3:22-36 Many years ago, Mrs. Reed, our daughter’s nursery school teacher, had a wonderful way of speaking to the children, all of whom were venturing from home.

St. Patrick's day 2011

First Thursday of Lent [Patrick, Bishop and Missionary of Ireland, 461] Deuteronomy 9:23-10:5 Psalms 19, 46, 50, 59, 60 Hebrew 4:1-10 John 3:16-21 Saint Patrick’s Confessio sketches his remarkable life story, including the six years he spent in slavery in Ireland as a young man..

God has a Redemption Plan (Scroll down for English) 2011

First Wednesday of Lent Deuteronomy 9:13-21 Psalms 49, 53, 119:49-72 Hebrews 3:12-19 John 2:23-3:15 Dios tiene un Plan de Redención; es un proceso de restauración con control de daños, políticas y manuales. Todo ha sido revelado en la Biblia a través de sus mandamientos, pero.

In Memory of Emily 2011

First Tuesday of Lent Deuteronomy 9:4-12 Psalms 45, 47, 48 Hebrews 3:1-11 John 2:13-22 On January 19, 2011, I lost a dear client to cancer at the age of 62. She fought bravely for two years before succumbing at home, surrounded by her three adult.

Do you know how to receive? 2011

First Monday of Lent Deuteronomy 8:11-18 Psalms 41, 44, 52 Hebrews 2:11-18 John 2:1-12 ________________________________________________________ In the late winter of my senior year in college, I had a very vivid dream. In it I was asked the question “do you know how to receive?” I.

Palestinian Partners 2011

Saturday after Ash Wednesday [Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, 604] Deuteronomy 7:17-26 Psalms 30, 32, 42, 43 Titus 3:1-15 John 1:43-51 ________________________________________________________ I have often highlighted the many strengths of St. John’s Church, not the least of which are our outreach programs both domestic.

Step back with Mark 10 2011

Friday after Ash Wednesday Deuteronomy 7:12-16 Psalms 31, 35, 95 Titus 2:1-15 John 1:35-42 _______________________________________________ Mark 10:17-31 During the season of Lent, we have the opportunity to take a step back from how we live daily. We may give something up — a food, a.

Purification and Promise 2011

Thursday after Ash Wednesday Deuteronomy 7:6-11 Psalms 37:1-18, 37:19-42 Titus 1:1-16 John 1:29-34 “To Titus, my true son in our common faith. Grace and Peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.” (Titus 1:4) One of the readings for today is a.

Ash Wednesday: Perspective on Suffering 2011

Ash Wednesday Jonah 3:1-4:11 Psalms 95, 32, 143, 102, 130Hebrews 12:1-14 Luke 18:9-14A Each of us suffers at some time in life. Suffering may be due to physical pain, mental distress, misfortune, or the experience of an unwanted condition. Though the experience of suffering is universal.

Coming Soon: Pathways through Lent 2011

The St. John’s Pathways through Lent Blog will go live on Ash Wednesday: March 9, 2011. Each day, a reflection by a member of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square in Washington DC will appear.  We walk this Lent as companions, meditating together on scripture.