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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Learning From Different Perspectives

Whenever your actions spark controversy, you are probably doing something correctly. We’ve heard this in many sermons in the past few months, and as a young professional working in public relations, I am certainly not surprised that people talking about you negatively is unavoidable with any kind of attention. I was more surprised, however, to see that kind of skepticism and debate in the Sunday School class I teach at St. John’s.
It’s the job of a teacher to make students think critically. With that comes pushback, particularly as students grow up and are exposed to more life experiences (I teach the oldest class). Often they will disagree with me, which first came as a surprise. I have lived twice as long as most of these kids, yet the experiences and insights I share with them seem to either fall on deaf ears, or are met with vehement disagreements.
As I’ve adapted as a teacher this year, I’ve learned that perspectives from people of all walks of life are to be valued. This realization has instilled in me patience, as well as an appreciation for what I’ve experienced in my life.

The complaints of a teenager now are so different than when I was a teenager, which was only 10 years ago. However, the enduring concept of loving your neighbor still resonates. Showing love can mean listening to different opinions and engaging respectfully with those whom you do not agree. In doing that, everyone benefits, both by the growth of raising a dialogue, and by communicating meaningfully with the diverse populace outside your own door.

-Quin Woodward Pu


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