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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Early Mornings

Psalm 78:1–7 Proverbs 9:1-6 1 Timothy 4:6-16 Luke 4:14-21
As a young professional living in Atlanta a number of years ago, I found myself—like many others—working well into the evening nearly every day of the week. By Sunday morning, I was greatly tempted to stay home rather than get up to attend worship services.
I finally decided to start a new routine and attend the 7:30 service at a local parish.
The first Sunday I arrived about 5 minutes early—and enjoyed the quiet of the early mornings in a way I hadn’t expected.
On Sundays thereafter, I found myself rising and arriving even earlier. I would sit in the nearly empty church, kneeling in the silence and feeling the presence of God. I came to feel the love of God in a way I had never experienced before.
I found that even with my hectic schedule I could stop for a few moments and feel God’s presence. In those early mornings, I learned that God did not protect me from the difficulties of life, from less-than-perfect decisions or their consequences, but that He loved me, supported me, encouraged me, and rejoiced with me through all things.
As life gets ever more busy, we are all tempted to sleep in on Sunday mornings, to trim our time with God in order to meet our obligations. This Lent, may we be willing to rise a little earlier—and to listen a little longer to what God has to teach us.

–Susan Welch

February 28


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