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.

Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

Most of us probably know the Lord’s Prayer by heart if we grew up as Christians. Maybe our parents taught it to us, or we learned it in Sunday School. Maybe we prayed it every night at bedtime as children. We recite it every.

Monday in the First Week of Lent

A friend gave me her vacuum cleaner as part of a downsizing move. Replacing my nearly 50-year old warhorse vacuum has been quite an adventure in upgrading. Who knew there were so many attachments and ways to clean far more than just floors? What.

First Sunday of Lent

So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. Deuteronomy 26:8 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I.

Saturday After Ash Wednesday

We lived in Atlanta at the time of the Great Recession, and our family’s finances were ravaged as a result of the meltdown. We became very vulnerable and lived with anxiety and uncertainty for a prolonged period of time. Ashamed and humiliated by circumstances.

Friday After Ash Wednesday

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day, and not to me only,.

Thursday After Ash Wednesday

What do people say about me? What are people thinking? We are mindful of the opinions of others, about us and about nearly everything. Opinions elate and devastate. They influence what we do and how we understand ourselves, whether it is polls, likes, ratings,.

Ash Wednesday

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” It’s bizarre that we walk around with ashes on our foreheads on this day. It’s bizarre because it seems to go against what Jesus says in the gospel reading from Matthew [see 6:1-21]..