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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A Work in Progress

Psalm 119:89-96
Proverbs 3:1-7
Romans 6:3-11
Matthew 5:1-12
About three years ago I decided I would try to curtail three faults that I felt were most undermining my relationship with God: being overly judgmental, envy, and jealousy.
Some strategies I have developed to counter being overly critical are to picture an actual beam weighing me down (Matthew 7:3), to remember things I like about the person, to say an Our Father (and apologize to God), or just admit to God I have to go there, just for a moment. The result is that I don’t hang out in that negative mindset for long periods of time like I used to.
I seldom engage in envy or jealousy anymore, and all because of an illumination I had one Sunday regarding “The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16). At that time I was renting a room, sleeping on the floor, very unhappy with my roommates, often in a woe-is-me state, and most definitely open to envy and jealousy. Then this “aha!” moment: We lead different lives because we each are here to learn different things to become one with God. To aid us in this process God disposes to us—as is His right, and as He sees fit, just like the landowner in the parable—different lives and challenges so that we have the necessary opportunities to learn those lessons and purify our spirits. Now when I feel envy or jealousy I try to remember this new knowledge: “Yes, God, I know so-and-so has different lessons to learn than I do,” and somehow the negative thoughts don’t linger like they used to.
I believe our lives on this earth are all about spirit; after all, the only thing we will be leaving this world with and carrying into the next is our spirit and, hopefully, a not too stained one.

– Margo Sanabria

April 9 - Vineyard



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