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.

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.

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.

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Shadows The way of Christ “leads to life”; a contrary way “leads to destruction.” How fortunate are we that God prescribes the path to righteousness! Our family reflected on this scripture by reading aloud the text and sharing our feelings. The adults took several long pauses,.

Ash Wednesday

There is a story about a person who was trying to learn Christian meditation. He complained to his teacher that when he tried to still his mind for five minutes, he got distracted no less than twenty times. His teacher responded, “Wonderful! That means.

Easter Sunday 2019

Simon Peter … went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the.

Holy Saturday 2019

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge, do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me. (Psalm 31:1) A couple of years ago, my wife and I took a trip to Paris. We spent most of our time visiting.

Good Friday 2019

What can one say about a day such as this? Jesus is betrayed, deserted, mocked, shamed, suffers and, in the end, dies. For 2000 years, Christians have been wrestling with what we can say about a day such as this. Did God plan it.