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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The Epistle

“Do you understand what you are reading?”
He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” –Acts 8: 26-39
How often do we ask or hope for guidance? How often do we find ourselves incapable of digesting the data or understanding the signs around us to determine our next step? We are always looking for inspiring leaders like James Theodore Holly, the first Episcopal bishop of African-American heritage. Today, we celebrate his life and work serving in the Dominican Republic and setting up the church in Haiti. Take a moment to think of an inspiring leader from your spiritual life who has given you the guidance you were seeking.
Are you still living by that guidance? I know I’m not, at least not every day. It’s a constant cycle going from knowing where I am to suddenly feeling lost in the labyrinth and searching again for that guidance.  On Ash Wednesday, Luis talked about Lent being a time for second chances.  This is indeed good news that I, at least, need. As I search for the directions out of the labyrinth, I recall Psalm 86:
But you, O LORD, are gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
give your strength to your servant;
and save the child of your handmaid.

-Kathryn E. Pharr


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