WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

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.

History

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.

Mission

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

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.

On Noticing 2012

Psalm 101 Genesis 50:15–26 1 Corinthians 12:1–11 Mark 8:11–26
The older I get, the faster life accelerates. It’s like a lead foot on the gas pedal. Especially in Lent, I wonder: Am I running out of time? Will I accomplish what I want? What do I want? What do I want for my children? To be kind, to help others, to have fun, to have faith, to be curious, to be grateful. To notice.
Last summer, I had an epiphany of sorts. Some have their Eat, Pray, Love moments trotting across the globe; I had mine on P Street in Georgetown. Shuffling in front of me was a homeless man. He stopped suddenly, then pivoted my direction.
Gesturing toward a flowerbed, he said, “Do you see that hummingbird there?”
The bird hovered over a hot pink zinnia, its needle-like bill poking into the yellow center. “Wow!” I said. “I’ll see if I can get a picture.”
I pointed my iPhone and clicked a few times, but the sun’s reflection was too bright to get the bird on the screen. So I just stood and stared. A few seconds passed before it whirred away from us and we away from each other.
Upon returning home, I discovered that the camera had captured the hummingbird—not clear as day, but it was there. Like life—maybe not so clear, but there to be captured, appreciated. And it took a homeless man to help me notice. To help me see the bigger picture.
–Page Evans


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