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.
Pathways Through Lent

Wednesday in the First Week of Lent

Recently, I had the occasion to meet a Catholic bishop in town for a conference. He was on his way to dinner but was kind enough to spare me a few minutes.

I said to him, “my friend here is a sinner (I’m not?). But does that really matter? Weren’t all of us redeemed from sin on the cross on Good Friday?”

He said, “Look at it this way. We have been given a precious gift. A free gift from God.” He then motioned with his hands as if he were handing off a football. “The question is, what do we do with it?” Or as Luis would say, “are we respon-sa-ble?”

God’s grace is not a get-out-of jail-free card. Jesus was quintessentially a man for others. Can we say the same about ourselves?

Bob Beizer

Appointed readings for today: Jonah 3:1-10, Psalm 51:11-18, Luke 11:29-32


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