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.


Church School and Nursery Care

The Nursery will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the lower level of the Parish House.

Church School classes will meet on the second floor of the Parish House at 10:45 a.m.

The following four Church School classes, designed for ages three through grade ten, will be held:

  • Godly Play class for those age three (by October 1) through Kindergarten.
  • Lectionary-based class for grades one to three.
  • Lectionary-based class for grades four to six.
  • Confirmation class for teens using the Confirm not Conform curriculum.

All students join their families for Communion at the exchange of the Peace.

The 2018-19 Church School registration form for all students (infant through grade 12) is available for download.

You may return it by email or mail to:
St. John’s Church
Attn: Savannah Ponder
1525 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Questions? Contact Savannah Ponder, Assistant for Ministries to Children, Youth, and Families, at 202-347-8766, ext. 304 or by email at savannah.ponder@stjohns-dc.org.

Speaker Series

The Speaker Series is an adult education program at St. John’s Church. From September through May, at 10:00 am on select Sundays, we will hear from scholars, poets, and leaders in our world, and in the world of faith.

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