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 Third Week of Lent

Lent gives us an opportunity to reflect upon what it means to fully surrender to God’s will – to completely let go of everything we think we know. We are asked to relinquish control over all the things we can’t control. We remember where we’ve come from and who we are and that we each have our own, unique relationship with God. But we are asked to leave behind all the old ways of doing things which no longer serve us in the present day.

How do we achieve this state of being of absolute surrender to God and His plans? Through faith and trust. The history of the Israelites’ emancipation and deliverance reminds us that God keeps His promises. The coming of Jesus and the salvation He offers is yet another example of God’s promises to us. What more proof do we need to completely trust in the Lord, to fully surrender to His divine plan for our lives? What is holding you back from this state of surrender? What do you need to release this Lenten season? I challenge you to consider this: when you surrender and let go, God gives you so much more than you could possibly imagine.

Hall Carter

Appointed readings for today: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 5-9, Psalm 78:1-6, Matthew 5:17-19


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