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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For My Loving Family

Psalm 40,54 or 51
Genesis 40:1-23
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Mark 2:13-22
This past January, I celebrated my 25th birthday. It is a milestone in its own way, not only because I have lived for a quarter of a century, but because it marks one of the most important anniversaries of my spiritual life: my 10-year anniversary as a confirmed member of the Episcopal Church. I honestly hadn’t kept track of the years, but I was reminded when I opened a birthday gift my parents sent me; a golden charm with the initial ‘C’ on one side and ‘Psalm 51:10’ on the other.
The charm is very similar to one my mother has, and like hers, I added the charm to the necklace chain of my small cross (in the photo). Later that night, I found myself re-reading letters from my confirmation in 2004 and reflecting on one in particular, the letter from my mother. In her letter were a few words of wisdom: “Remember to keep your heart and mind open to God’s voice…but, as with any relationship, you must keep working at it. There is no ‘due-date’; it is a work in progress…enjoy the journey, love your neighbors and God.”
My mother’s cleverness and love never ceases to amaze me. It is with her gentle reminder and wise words that I find myself entering Lent reflecting on what it truly means to seek forgiveness and open my heart to God: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

– Caroline Holman

March 14 - Clean Heart


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