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

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.

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First Tuesday in Lent 2019

In the Church, the discernment process is a period in which a candidate reflects on whether he or she has a calling to the priesthood. If, at the end of that period, there is a determination to pursue ordination, the bishop’s permission is sought.

First Monday in Lent 2019

It’s trendy and seemingly unoffensive to take an agnostic approach to religion these days (and probably previous days and days to come). I’m a millennial, and discussing faith with my peers in a group setting almost always elicits a few comments like, “I don’t.

First Sunday in Lent 2019

So I finally did it. I gave up all social media. Well, it’s only been about two months, but I can certainly share that not only am I more productive, but I also feel better. I guess you can say I’m happier. In today’s.

First Saturday in Lent 2019

In Psalm 86:11 the psalmist writes, “O Lord; I will walk in thy truth”. And each of us Christians wishes to walk in God’s truth. One Sunday morning, Andy began his sermon by speaking two truths: God is, and I am not God. How.

First Friday in Lent 2019

When I received the readings I would be reflecting on for Pathways to Lent, I thought to myself how very appropriate for Lent. Today’s readings illuminate the important balance between cultivating our own spirit and relationship with God while also serving and acting with.

First Thursday in Lent 2019

Most of us have wandered along beaches, picking up pretty shells and stones, marveling at their beauty and variety. Most get tossed away; sometimes they go into a pocket. Over the years, a few pretty pebbles have not only made it back to our.

Ash Wednesday 2019

I read a book review recently in the Wall Street Journal and the reviewer, John Kaag, wrote something that jumped out at me as I’ve been thinking about Lent; he wrote, “When I was learning to swim, a powerful yet diminutive athlete—my 5-foot mother—gave me a tip: ‘Everything.

Easter Day 2018

John begins the Easter story with these words, “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark…” This is always how our discovery of the risen Christ begins – in darkness. No one is ready to encounter Easter until she.

Holy Saturday 2018

Holy Saturday. Sabbath Saturday. It is the day after we hear Jesus lament, “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This is the day when he lay in the tomb, in the darkness without any light – the tomb sealed with a.

Good Friday 2018

Faith. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something. When I received a cancer diagnosis on my 40th birthday—July 11, 2017—my faith in God convinced me that my cancer would be a blessing. I was shocked. I had no family history. I knew I.