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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Thursday in the Third Week of Lent

Many years ago, in another time and place (and career), a competitor offered me an attractive management position as a member of its commercial real estate team. I was happy at my present company where I enjoyed my colleagues and the work, but the offer was enticing.

I considered the pros and cons and could not make up my mind. I sought advice from family members and friends. No one said go; no one said stay; no one gave me guidance on what to do. I looked for signs everywhere – sometimes words in hymns and sermons speak to me – but I found no direction. Finally, because I was 55 and knew offers at that age were rare, I decided to make the leap.

What a mistake! It was a disaster from the get-go: the responsibilities were enormous without much increase in pay, and the worst part was the announcement shortly after I joined that the new company would be merging with a conglomerate that had a horrible reputation.

Soon, my old company came calling, presenting me with a lovely bouquet of flowers. I couldn’t get back there fast enough! Later, I discussed my dilemma with a colleague. “I looked everywhere for a sign,” I said, “and there were none.” Kim looked at me and replied, “And that was the sign.”

P.S. At the age of 68, I was asked to make a move again and join the staff of an elected official, a position I still hold.

Patricia Leslie

Appointed readings for today: Jeremiah 7:23-28, Psalm 95:6-11, Luke 11:14-23


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