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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Developing a Life of Prayer

Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Psalm 30, 32 Ezekiel 39:21–29 Philippians 4:10–20 John 17:20–26
Some time ago, I recognized that, while I built intentional prayer into my day,
I wasn’t always great at meeting my intentions. So to help, I decided to begin
my morning run with singing the Doxology. Very simple, yet it allowed me to
begin each day by thanking God for all the blessings in my life. For years now,
this has set the tone for my day.
Lately, though, I’ve noticed that tone quickly fades during my Metro ride to
work as I become focused on what is in store for me at the Pentagon.
So during my Metro ride, as the train surfaces from underground, I look
out the windows of the Metro to spot the beautiful spires of the National
Cathedral—and now I find that sight on my ride is a great opportunity to be
in a moment of silence and reset.
My hope is that Lent provides you the opportunity to find prayer in the
everyday things of life at any time—and all it might take is a good look
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
–Marilyn Jenkins


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