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.

Festival Services

Festival Choral Eucharists are held at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square in the context of the Sunday liturgy. The St. John’s Choir,  a professional ensemble, is at times joined by a professional orchestra to present musical settings for the Mass. Presentations of these works, as they were originally designed to be performed (that is, in the context of liturgy), are intended to enhance and heighten the experience of worship, as well as to attract lovers of classical music.

2018-19 Season

Sunday, September 30, 11:00 a.m.

Music from French Cathedrals including Louis Vierne’s Messe Solonnelle with the Parish and St. John’s Choirs

Sunday, December 16, 11:00 a.m.

Festival of Lessons & Carols sung by the St. John’s Choir

Monday, December 24, 7:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve Services with the Ars Nova String Quintet and the St. John’s Choir presenting Charpentier’s Messe de minuit

Sunday, March 3, 11:00 a.m.

Jazz Music Festival Service with the Dan Dufford Jazz Ensemble and the Parish and St. John’s Choirs

Sunday, March 31, 11:00 a.m.

The Ars Nova Chamber Ensemble and the St. John’s Choir present the Duruflé Requiem

Sunday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Easter Services with Brass Quintet & Timpani

Sunday, May 12, 11:00 a.m.

Music from Royal Weddings sung by the St. John’s Choir including Grayston Ives’ Missa Brevis and works by Mathias, Mealor, and Rutter

Sunday, July 7, 10:30 a.m.

Music for Independence Day with Fife & Drum

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