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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PAIN RELIEF (a poem by Janet Helgert)

by Janet Helgert
The Fifth Wednesday of Lent
Jeremiah 25:30-38       Psalms 119:145-176, 128, 129, 130 Romans 10:14-21    John 10:1-18

Tall needles pierce my skin.

Crystal tears flow from within.

Melt away this pain!


Many needles, protruding

From my taut body,

Invade its source.


Like soldiers in battle

They stand quite erect.

Their success I do suspect!


How many are needed

To heal this ample pain?

I count them once again.


I view a single needle

Up very close.

Such strange magic it holds.


I alight from the table

Free from needles

And prior pain.


What is this chi

That has made a well person

Of a sick me?


Freed from the potent prison

Of pain, at last!

Thanks be to God!

"Chi" calligraphy of the word for "life-force" from wikimedia commons.



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