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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The Planter and the Harvester

Psalm 86:11-17
Deuteronomy 6:20-25
Acts 8:26-39
John 4:31-38
For all gardeners, late winter is a time of planning and anticipation. By summer, I’ll be able to go out the back door and cut basil and chives for dinner, and ponder the difficulties of urban tomatoes. But right now, I’m thinking up a new design for my small back yard. In today’s reading (John 4:31-38), Jesus asks his followers to look around, and appreciate what is already there to be harvested. He talks about the joys of both the planter and the harvester.
I’ve created a new garden each time I have moved. I take great joy in laying out a design, selecting different combinations of plants, and happily digging in the mud to prepare them each spring. I’ve planted trees thinking of how they will look in five, or maybe fifteen years. Now, when visiting those cities and neighborhoods, I sometimes make the time to pass by a former home. Perhaps we all do that, returning to our past work to see what remains, and what has changed, but most importantly, to see if what we planted has come to fruition. The people living there now can pick apples and cut pitchers full of hydrangeas. I hope they see the harvest.

Julia Koster

March 13 - Garden


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