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 to Walk in the Dark

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This year’s St. John’s Women’s Retreat theme was taken from a book by Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark.  At first glance, I wasn’t sure what to make of this title or concept, but while I was preparing for the Lenten retreat, it grew on me.
Often we are afraid of the dark. We see evil or danger in the dark. And yet, the reality is that God is always with us, and especially in the dark, if we only take time to look. But where? The light that shines in the dark is the light within each of us. The light of God that can, if we allow it, guide us through those “dark” times of fear, sadness, and uncertainty.  But the important message is that we should not fear the dark but see it as an opportunity for quiet reflection, for seeing God differently, as well as seeing ourselves more deeply.    Fear not, but embrace that opportunity to walk in the dark.
May you find “light” and peace in the “darkness” of this Lenten season,

-Lisa Kirchenbauer


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