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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Into the Deep End

Psalm 55 or 138,139:1-17-23
Genesis 41:1-13
1 Corinthians 4:1-7
Mark 2:23-3:6
I have a two-and-a-half-foot-long Speedo styrofoam belt that I use for water jogging in our pool.
I put the Styrofoam belt around my waist and click the latch to lock it. I step out of my flip flops and wade down the steps into the shallow end of the pool.
The shallow end is three feet deep. As I walk, the pool gradually becomes deeper, from three feet to four feet to five feet. As it gets deeper, I am no longer supported by my legs and feet, but rather the styrofoam belt begins to support me.
In one instant, I lift my feet and allow myself to be totally supported by the belt. It’s in that instant that I experience a sense of spirituality.
I have let go, surrendering to a power greater than myself. I say to myself quite often, “God has my back.” He is there supporting me, providing me with blessings that I don’t even know that I want or need. If I am patient and wait, I will get answers to my questions.

– Margo Arnold

March 15 - pool


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