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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A Lesson in Sharing

Psalm 132:1-7
Exodus 24:1-8
2 Timothy 2:10-15,19
Matthew 13:47-52
Last October, my wife, Joanne, and I traveled to South Africa with the St. John’s group to visit the Kwasa Centre. We helped out as best we could in the classrooms and at meal times, working with children who were having a hard time with their studies or projects. During recess, some of us went out on the playing field and joined groups of pre-teen boys kicking soccer balls or even playing Frisbee.
Several times I found myself in a circle of kids, kicking a ball across the circle to another child. Not all boys were equally coordinated, and some, with a rush of enthusiasm, approached the ball with a mighty swipe and missed completely or gave it such a glancing blow that it went sideways to the next child. Invariably and entirely unprompted, that boy would send it softly back to the original kicker to have another go at it. I was stunned. When I was growing up, if I got the ball, I was expected to run with it. So I was looking for the boy on the side to trap it and send a strong kick across the circle, proving his own skill, and yet every time, the ball was sent back to the one who had made a mistake so he could try again.
These children in a Christian school had been taught to support their neighbors. As we examine our own often preoccupied and self-centered lives during Lent, when do we have the chance to pass the ball back?  And if we’re given that chance, will we do so?

– Powell Hutton

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