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.
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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.

2019-20 Season

Sunday, October 20 at 11 AM

Music of William Bradley Roberts sung by the St. John’s Choir and Parish Choirs.

Sunday, November 3 at 11 AM

Josef Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae sung by the St. John’s Choir.

Sunday, December 15 at 11 AM

A Festival of Lessons & Carols sung by the St. John’s Choir with harp and oboe.

Tuesday, December 24 at 7:30 PM & 11 PM

Christmas Eve with the Ars Nova String Quintet and St. John’s Choir.

Sunday, January 26 at 11 AM

Epiphany works of Bach and Mendelssohn with the Parish Choir.

Sunday, March 29 at 11 AM

Coming Soon!

Sunday, April 12 at 9 AM and 11 AM

Music for Easter with choir, brass, quintet and timpani

Sunday, May 3 at 11 AM

The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass with musicians from the Crooked Road.

Sunday, July 5 at 10:30 AM

Music for Independence Day featuring fife, drum, and organ.