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 Help of My Countenance

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with thoughts a-swirl? Last night was one of those for me. Our confused dog followed me downstairs and stared at me curiously as I woke my computer up to empty myself into a blank document. Three pages later, I closed my eyes and realized that I was calm enough to rest. I attribute that sense of peacefulness in part to the creative writing process, but there’s something else too. The author of Psalm 42: 6-7 reaches out across time and space to name that something and comforts me this morning. No matter how heavy my soul may feel, nothing can separate me from the love of God.
Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul?
and why are you disquieted within me?
Put your trust in God;
for I will yet give thanks to him,
who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
Countenance: support or composure
“keep someone in countenance” – help someone to remain calm, confident

-Elizabeth Cavert Morrison



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