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, & Vestry

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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St. Patrick's day

First Thursday of Lent [Patrick, Bishop and Missionary of Ireland, 461] Deuteronomy 9:23-10:5 Psalms 19, 46, 50, 59, 60 Hebrew 4:1-10 John 3:16-21
Saint Patrick’s Confessio sketches his remarkable life story, including the six years he spent in slavery in Ireland as a young man. Patrick learned the Celtic tongue while serving as a shepherd for a druidic chieftain before God called him and provided him a path to freedom. In discussing his life, he quotes from Psalm 50, one of our Psalms for today. In verse 15, God says to us, “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

St. Patrick (from stpatty.info)
Patrick experienced this arc in a very vivid way. He called upon God to rescue him from slavery; he was delivered miraculously; and he went on to spread the glory of God throughout Ireland. Most of us are safe from the kind of literal slavery Patrick experienced, but we all experience days of trouble. As I have learned over and over again throughout my life, God’s offer of deliverance is always available and never withheld. Where I continually struggle, however, is in my response to that deliverance. There are any number of ways to glorify God. Unlike Patrick, I do not believe I am called to convert a nation, but I am sometimes not sure I am brave or wise or energetic enough to glorify God in even the small ways He sets before me.
In prayer and reflection, however, I am reminded that God does not ask more of me than I can give. Sometimes it is more than I might be comfortable giving, but when I am honest with myself I know that is no excuse for failing to glorify the One who has delivered me not only from mundane suffering but from death itself. Glory to God.


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