WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

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.

History

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.

Mission

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.
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Life Events

Adult Inquirers’ Class

For those who wish to be baptized, confirmed, or received into membership in the Episcopal Church at St. John’s, we invite you to join the Adult Inquirers’ Class.

The class will meet online via Zoom for three Saturdays for 90 minutes each day (September 19, September 26, and October 3). The Zoom sessions will include breakout groups to provide a relaxing, engaging way for participants to get to know each other. The Rev. Rob Fisher, Rector of St. John’s, will lead the sessions. Anyone – newcomer or longtime parishioner – interested in learning more about our Christian faith and life, the Episcopal tradition, and the ministry of St. John’s Church, is encouraged to attend.

For more information or to register, please contact Kaye Edwards. Those who participate in the class, or have completed another inquirers’ class, may attend a Service of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows at a date to be determined.

Baptism

Baptism is the way in which all Christians are initiated into the life of the Church and into the Body of Christ. Through Baptism we share in Christ’s death and in his resurrection from the dead. The Service of Holy Baptism informs us about our covenant with God. Baptism is meant to be a public act in which the congregation welcomes the newly baptized into the community of Faith. All present at the ceremony make or re-affirm the vows of the baptismal covenant.

Please note that the parents or grandparents of children being baptized must be active members of St. John’s and that adults interested in baptism for themselves must attend the Rector’s Adult Inquirers’ Classes and be active participants in the life of the Parish.

If you are interested in having a child baptized, or in baptism for yourself, please contact Kaye Edwards.

To help give families options during this extraordinary time, and until St. John’s is open for full Sunday services, the Rector will discuss options to a church service with families, including baptisms at home (and preferably outdoors) or a private baptism at the church. All baptisms must comply with health and safety guidelines.

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Marriage

Marriage is the holy sacrament through which two persons exchange vows before family, friends, and members of the congregation gathered to witness and pray.

The wedding service in St. John’s Church is to be solemnized by a priest on the staff, using the rites of the Episcopal Church. It presupposes that the couple being married are active members or are willing to investigate being active members of St. John’s Church and our community of faith. Every couple preparing to be married at St. John’s must receive counseling from a member of the clergy. St. John’s also asks for a commitment to participate in the life of the parish.

All dates are subject to confirmation by the Rector.

If you are interested in participating in our next Adult Inquirers’ Class, in Baptism, or in  holding a wedding at St. John’s, contact Kaye Edwards at (202) 347-8766, ext. 317.

Burial

Burial is an important sacrament in the lives of all Christians meant equally for the dead person and for those who remain. The burial service is a time for gathering together in the name of the deceased to provide comfort in the face of sorrow and loss and to celebrate God’s gift of the life of the departed. The Book of Common Prayer provides a rich and reassuring language of tradition to help us give expression to a difficult time. For more information, contact Kim Carlson, Director of Operations.

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