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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Wednesday in Holy Week

Tomorrow, we enter the final three days of Lent, the Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.  As the Passion narrative from Palm Sunday demonstrated, everything is about to turn on its head.  We’re on the verge, and tension is building.  Really, it’s been building for the past six weeks, and we’ve felt it as we’ve journeyed toward the cross; the weight of the season is heavy.
Now, more than ever, we’re called to put our Lenten practice to use.  It’s time to harness what we’ve learned and take it into the Easter season.  More simply, we must move on.  However, our journey doesn’t end simply because Lent does.  We continue on, better equipped, thanks to Lent.
By making time for self-examination, prayer, and fasting, by going back to the basics, by preparing, we’ve reaffirmed our faith during Lent; we’ve built new rituals.  Let us not lose these practices, but, rather, embrace them as routines that will bring continued value and strength.  Take Lent with you beyond the cross.

Sara McGanity

Appointed readings for today: Isaiah 50:4-9, Psalm 70, John 13:21-32


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