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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Psalm 27:5-11
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Wisdom 7:24–8:1
John 5:19-24

When I was very young
Time for me stood still
A day with nothing to do
Was like forever climbing a steep hill!
“Take your time”

The concept of time
I then did not understand
Nor that this was a clever concept
Surely developed by man.
“Be on time!”

In my youth I became aware that this truth is stern
The sun rises, the sun sets
Thus a day is gone forever
Never, never to return!
“Time waits for no man!”

 As an adult, time began to be precious
As it finally became clear
That time was a kind of commodity
To value, to respect and even fear.
“Time marches on!”

 Now in the autumn of life
The speed of time is frightening
I should have stored it when time stood still
As it now passes like a bolt of lightening.
“You are out of time!”

 I have suddenly arrived at the place
As was destined to be the case
Perhaps even an act of God’s grace
Where eternity and I will come face to face!

 – Janet Helgert

March 31 - Time



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