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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Saturday After Ash Wednesday

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11
While I can honestly say I believe this to my core, it has taken me a long time to get here. I have had a very fortunate life: a loving and supportive family, wonderful friends, and needs that always seem to be met. I never gave things a second thought. But as I’ve grown up and ventured out on my own, I have truly come to realize how much God guides and strengthens me.
I will never forget the day when I sat in a doctor’s office and learned that I had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I was alone, having thought I was simply getting stitches out, but everything changed in an instant: I was shocked, stunned—never in my wildest dreams did I envision anything close to this!
But somehow, not only did I get through it, I feel stronger for it. But I never could have gotten here alone. So much of that, truly, is the love, support and calming presence I received from my parents. I believe God was working with me through them. And even in those quiet times when I was alone with my thoughts and fears, I still felt strengthened. Never did I think to be down or feel sorry for myself.
God was, and always is, with and guiding me; constantly offering strength. My needs were satisfied and my frame strengthened, and I feel more fully prepared for whatever may come in the future.
Praise God.

Hilary West

Appointed readings for today: Isaiah 58: 9-14, Psalm 86: 1-11, Luke 5: 27-32


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