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.

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.
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First Wednesday Concerts

Be inspired by top musicians during your lunch break on the first Wednesdays of the month from October through June.

Concerts run from 12:10-12:45 p.m., and are free of charge as part of our music outreach to the community.

2018-19 Season

October 3 — First Wednesday Concerts Season Opener
The United States Army Chorus

November 7
The Ars Nova Brass Quintet with organist Michael Lodico

December 5
The Episcopal High School Chamber Choir, directed by Brent Erstad
Music of the Season

January 9, 2019*
Concert Organist Colin Lynch,
(Associate Director of Music at Trinity Copley Square, Boston)
Music by French Composers

February 6
Baritone Bob McDonald’s Broadway Show

April 3
Music for Percussion and Organ with percussionist Tom Maloy and organist Michael Lodico

May 1
Music for Trumpet and Organ with trumpeter Chuck Seipp and organist Lisa Galoci
Premiere of Paul Leavitt’s Fanfare for Trumpet & Organ

June 5
The Air Force Strings with pianist Brent Erstad
Gerald Finzi’s Ecologue and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

* Concert will be held on the second Wednesday of the month

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Lively-Fulcher Organ

After several years of extensive research and discussion, the Organ Committee determined that Gress-Miles pipe organ used since 1969 was in need of extensive repairs and refurbishment, and that, rather than invest the time and money in such a project, the parish would be better served by purchasing a new instrument.

The Committee devoted several years to studying organ building, listening to instruments around the country, and discovering which builders might be suitable for St. John’s. This intensive project led the Committee to recommend to the Vestry that the parish hire Lively-Fulcher Pipe Organs of Rocky Mount, Virginia to build a new instrument. The new organ was installed in March 2009 and after tuning, which took several weeks, was first used at the June 14, 2009, Music Festival.  The organ was dedicated at a special Evensong service November 1, 2009, at 5:00 p.m.

Description of the pipes

Great (Manual II)
Bourdon 16’ 61 (bottom 12 from #41)
Open Diapason 8’ 61
Stopped Flute 8’ 61
Harmonic Flute 8’ 61
Principal 4’ 61
Open Flute 4’ 61
Twelfth 2 2/3’ 61
Fifteenth 2’ 61
Sevententh 1 3/5’ 61
Furniture IV 244
Trumpet 8’ 61
Clarion 4’ 61
Tuba Mirabilis 8’ Choir
SWELL (Manual Expressive)
Bourdon doux 16’ 12, ext. no. 16
Violin Diapason 8’ 61
Chimney Flute 8’ 61
Viole de gambe 8’ 61
Voix céleste 8’ 61
Principal 4’ 61
Traverse Flute 4’ 61
Nazard 2 2/3’ 61
Harmonic Piccolo 2’ 61
Tierce 1 3/5’ 61
Full Mixture III’ 183
Bassoon 16’ 61
Trumpet 8’ 61
Hautboy 8’ 61
Choir (Manual I – expressive)
Open Diapason 61
Stopped Diapason 61
Flauto dolce 61
Flute celeste 61
Principal 61
Tapered Flute 61
Fifteenth 61
Larigot 61
Mixture 183
Trumpet 61
Cremona 61
Tuba Mirabilis 61
Pedal
Contra Bourdon 32
Open Wood 32
Subbass 32
Bourdon (Swell)
Principal 32
Bass Flute 12, ext. no. 41
Open Flute 12, ext. no. 40
Fifteenth 12, ext. 43
Solo Flute 12, ext. no. 45
Contra Trombone 12, ext. no. 49
Trombone 32
Bassoon (Swell)
Trumpet 12, ext. no. 49

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