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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Psalm 45 Proverbs 9:1–6 1 Timothy 4:6–16 Luke 4:14–21
When my sons were young, one of their friends spent almost every weekend at our house. Stephen was very smart and gentle and got along well with everyone.
He was also from a broken home. On Friday nights, his father would drop him off, and Stephen always loved to point out his father’s newest car, proudly saying, “Look at his Corvette!” His dad never got out of the car to greet us or say thanks.
One Friday night, I exclaimed, “You know, I wish his father could just say thank you one time—just one measly ‘thanks.’” Stephen couldn’t have heard me.
But I should have known that God did. The next week, when I walked into my cube at work, I saw the back of a telephone man tightening up some wires underneath my desk. Stephen’s father.
“I want to thank you for taking care of Stephen all these weekends,” he said. “I really appreciate it. Stephen has a good time at your house.”
I was dumbfounded. I should have known that God would answer my plea— and that I did not completely understand the situation.
This Lent, may God continue to answer all our pleas—and open our hearts to situations that we may not understand.

–Patricia Leslie

February 19


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