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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Evening Sacrifice

I didn’t grow up Episcopalian, so the Book of Common Prayer was totally new to me when I joined St. John’s. I remember when I first received it and thinking it was great, but I didn’t really read it all that much. This year I’ve discovered – wishing I had earlier – the beauty of praying the Daily Office, particularly in the evenings. One of my favorite Bible verses, which is the first line in the Daily Evening Prayer, Rite One (p. 61), reminds me of incense used at Mass on special occasions, or at a high church liturgy. It reads, “Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.” – Psalm 141:2
As you go to bed, think about how, like incense, your prayers can rise up to God.

-Mike Coe


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