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 Light in Darkness


As a child, I learned about the Stations of the Cross, the practice of meditating on Jesus’s path to crucifixion on Calvary, and the prayer we recited was “We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.” Each Lent, I still remember that prayer and think of Christ’s painfully generous sacrifice as inspiration to show more kindness and compassion. A few years ago, I began to consider Lent and the Spring season as a time to renew my commitment to do more to honor God by honoring all of His creation, and to be more mindful about how I can respond to the needs of those around me who are suffering. My daily prayer is for stronger trust in God’s goodness even during my own difficult times, so that I can more effectively reflect His light in this world.

-Adelle Simmons


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