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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How does God get through?

Psalm 107:33-43, 108:1-13 or 33
Exodus 2:23-3:15
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Mark 9:14-29
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Be Still.
While we were living in the Netherlands we became friendly with a man from Nigeria who attended our church. He had long before left his village, a place without electricity or running water.
His cousin from the village was coming to visit him in Den Hague.
What would the cousin think of the bus, the taxi, the plane? He would land at Schipol, one of the busiest airports in the world. I tried to imagine his awe at the lights, high buildings, cacophony of people and traffic.
Later I asked our friend of his cousin’s impressions. He said that his cousin had only one question — and that was, “How does God get through?”
How does God get through?
I have no doubt that God speaks to us. I have never heard His voice, but He communicates through others He has created, and through nature—is presence is real.
The “burden of responsibility,” then, is ours. Do we take time to listen? Do we pause, meditate, or take time to simply be still?
During this season of Lent, I will begin what I hope will be a lifetime habit. I will turn off all electronics, purposely pause, intentionally welcome the stillness and God’s presence. I invite you to do the same.

– Susan Lewis

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