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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Lenten Labyrinth

Psalm 31 Exodus 4:10–31 1 Corinthians 14:1–19 Mark 9:30–41
As a mother, I find myself dutifully leading my child through the labyrinth of life. I humbly retrace my steps through the passageways and impassible walls I encountered as a youth. This time ’round, I have faith that God’s love is a benevolent force that I trust to lead me home.
My earliest memories of Lent were in Sunday school. Children collected coins in cardboard UNICEF folders and abstained from chocolate. I wasn’t really sure what it was all about, but I recall experiencing a profound sense of empowerment from abstinence (if only from chocolate) and liberating joy from handing in my book of coins.
Today, I lead my child in a world where the needy are a constant in our field of view and evil is in disguise. Perhaps it’s just my new perspective now that I am among the bifocal-wearing members of the congregation. I tend to see things all too clearly these days.
My Lenten labyrinth carries me meditatively to the same conclusion as always. I aspire to have my child experience Lent as I did. I trust that he too will find his way home, guided by God’s love.
–Pamela R. Hudson


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