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.

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Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

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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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March 15 – Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

“To become fully human, to realise our human potential, we need to enter into communion with our Creator…There is nothing static about this communion. It is the beginning of a process which will lead us through death into life, life in this world and life in the world beyond this one.”

–M. Allchin, Participation in God: A Forgotten Strand in Anglican Tradition


In Mr. Allchin’s context, to become fully human requires an active, moving relationship with God–one that likely requires a loosening, or likely a reshaping of ourselves. To realize our full potential, we are called to lose ourselves–our self-inflicted pressures–to find ourselves.

Being in communion with God, like all relationships, is a journey. Sometimes we are on the path and know it, sometimes we are on the path and don’t know it. In either case, there is comfort in knowing that God is journeying with us and ready to be in active communion with us.

Lent offers us an opportunity to nurture our relationship with God–to be present and not static–to build communion by making space. During this season, may we have the opportunity to tend to our personal communion with our Creator and invite God in.

Pathways through Lent Editors 

Links to the appointed readings and prayer for today:


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