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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At the Water’s Edge

Psalm 100 Isaiah 55:1–5 Colossians 3:12–17 John 16:16–24
I was in Oxford, Maryland, a few years ago on retreat. Late one night, the river—which had been quiet for two days—came suddenly to life. I opened the porch door to listen to the waves as I drifted to sleep.
At 3:00 a.m., a roaring wind woke me. I went out on the porch. The wind was pounding against me and literally howling—but, strangely, it was neither cold nor warm. It was magnificent, but it was also terrible and powerful as it hurled against me. This wind was no regular wind. It was a God-wind. It was God moving over the face of the waters, and I was at the water’s edge.
It was too much for me to take, this gale-force God-wind, and so I went inside. For a while I kept the door open, and I was like Elijah, staying in the cleft of the rock as God went past. But I couldn’t even take that much God- force, and so I closed the door on that fierce, beautiful wind.
What will you do when you find yourself on the water’s edge? When you feel the breath of God against your skin? I hope next time to be brave enough to stand outside and be a part of it.
This Lent, God IS doing a new thing. In your life. In the life of the church. In the life of the world.
There is a fresh wind blowing.

–Gini Gerbasi

Water's Edge
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