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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Step back with Mark 10

Friday after Ash Wednesday
Deuteronomy 7:12-16 Psalms 31, 35, 95 Titus 2:1-15 John 1:35-42
Mark 10:17-31
During the season of Lent, we have the opportunity to take a step back from how we live daily. We may give something up — a food, a habit — to make space in our days to examine what is precious to us and what is expendable.  We vow to continue to incorporate the insights we’ve gained and focus on what really matters in our lives, in the lives we touch, and in our relationship to God. But will we? Can we?
Mark 10 shows us how one person reacted to this challenge. A rich man asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. The answer he got from Jesus seemed simple: sell everything and give it to the poor. The rich man retreats — he will not or cannot do what is asked of him. He can’t distinguish what is expendable in this life from what is precious for a life lived with and for God. What makes us different from the rich man? When Lent is over, can we continue to ask ourselves daily if we are focused on the precious or on the expendable?
-Sheryl Walter


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