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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Immigrant Child

I see her standing alone in the crowded room.
Her back is pressed hard against the wall
As if reaching for support and assurance.
Her arms are clutching her dearest possession
A fine doll dressed in blue organza brought by her father
From some strange far away place called “America.”
An immigrant family…
Her darting eyes follow the threatening activity
As strangers are happily shopping for bargains.
The din of the noisy chatter escalates her anxiety.
A woman approaches her and asks if the doll is also for sale.
She opens her mouth to answer but the sound is frozen in her throat!
Dreams of a better life…
She frantically searches the room for her parents
And sees them eagerly engaged in conversation and oddly happy!
People are beginning to depart taking furniture and paintings with them
Leaving the room nearly empty and void of its former appeal.
Away from a country…
Who is that slender frightened child looking so familiar?
Where in the past have we met before?
Oh, yes of course, now I can clearly see.
That fragile immigrant child is a long ago me!
Fraught with war and strife!

-Janet Helgert


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