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.

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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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Lives of Integrity

Psalm 121 Numbers 23:5-12 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Matthew 20:20-23
Today is the feast day of St. Polycarp (born in A.D. 69), who was the bishop of Smyrna (today Izmir, Turkey). Polycarp is one of those church fathers who bridge the Biblical era of the apostles and the early years of the church.
He died as a martyr, burned at the stake for refusing to renounce his Christianity. Tradition records him as saying “Eighty-six years I have served [my God]. How then can I blaspheme my King who saved me?” St. Polycarp used both his words and his actions to create a life of integrity—which he maintained even onto death.
In the reading today from I Corinthians, St. Paul also speaks of creating a life of integrity in both words and actions. St. Paul’s faith wasn’t just composed of words that seemed plausibly wise; instead, his faith was composed of real actions and commitments that testified to the power of God.
As we move toward Easter, I think about heroes of faith like St. Paul and St. Polycarp. Their beliefs guided their actions, and their lives were courageous testaments to the faith that they held so dear. Their lives of integrity are an inspiration.
This Lent, may we all follow the examples of these men, matching our good intentions and beliefs with actions to create lives of integrity—and, like St. Paul and St. Polycarp, testify to the power of God.

–Jack Reiffer

February 23


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