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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Palm Sunday

Psalm 132:1-7 Exodus 24:1-8 2 Timothy 2:10-15, 19 Matthew 13:47-52
As we approach Palm Sunday, I find myself thinking of a different kind of once-a-year event involving a palm—the one my sister goes to have read.
I am sure her experience is worth the money, as it is a cross between entertainment and good counsel. My sister’s palmist seems to give her a renewed sense of confidence in the choices she has made and the decisions she will make moving forward.
I am intrigued by the idea that a medium could give me some fairly accurate insight into my future. But I have my own supernatural communication with the other realm—prayer.
Through prayer, I receive insight and hopefully recognize the better choices I can make. I have a real, humble, grateful, quiet, peaceful, and genuine conversation with God. Engaging in that conversation, I come to better understand what I believe God has in store for my life.
Perhaps, out of curiosity, one day I will go have my palm read, but this coming Sunday—and throughout the year—I hope we all turn our palms to the ancient and time-tested spiritual practice of prayer. Whether I have warning or not, the truth will come whence it may and cost what it will. For now, I will seek God through prayer, trust God completely while listening deeply, and just enjoy the ride.

–Jamie Samilio



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