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.


The 2017-18 Church School registration form can be found here.

Church School meets 10:45 a.m., on the second floor of the Parish House. After construction begins, Church School will meet at the Hay-Adams Hotel. 

Nursery care is located next to the elevator on the lower level of the Parish House. The nursery will be open for children under age six from 8:15 a.m. until 1:00 p.m every Sunday.

Nursery care and Church School will continue when the renovation of the Parish House begins. We will continue to keep your children safe, to teach them the great stories of the Hebrew scriptures and the gospel stories of Jesus, and to involve them in worship.

After construction begins this autumn, both programs will move to the Hay-Adams Hotel, directly across from the entrance of the church. Unfortunately, rooms will not be available every Sunday. Please look for a calendar with confirmed Church School dates in the coming weeks.

Students in grades six through 12 are encouraged to attend a worship service with their parents. This will not only give children a chance to experience the full and rich liturgy of the Episcopal Church, but also give them a chance to use their gifts in ministry during the service. High school students will be asked to take part in the service by ushering, reading, and serving as chalice bearers. Middle school students (grades six to eight) will be trained as acolytes. Training will be provided on an as-needed basis.

Questions? Contact Kaye Edwards, Assistant for Church Growth, at 202-347-8766, ext. 317 or by email at kaye.edwards@stjohns-dc.org.

Adult Forum

The Adult Forum 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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