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.

Disorderly Conduct 2015

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At times I look around my house and think “My confusion is continually before me” (Psalm 44:15). I simply own too much stuff and cannot find a place for it. Like many, I am surrounded by clutter. De-cluttering is always on my to-do list. De-cluttering has made it on the litany of things I give up for Lent numerous times, in the form of giving up online shopping or refraining from going to the mall. The life-robbing presence of clutter in my home definitely has my attention, but it is cyclical. I remove things, but those things are inevitably replaced with new things. When Paul wrote, “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40) I am sure he did not contemplate that there would be a thing called “QVC” and the “Today’s Special Value” to tempt me with products and gadgets designed to organize the cluttered home, available for delivery at the click of a mouse.
My clutter takes away from my ability to focus and make space for spiritual practice. It is one more thing on the “to-do” list that usurps time that could be used in prayer or other spiritual practices. Giving up clutter for Lent, or any bad habit, is a way of positively turning our life back towards a God-centered life. By instituting order in my home and de-cluttering, I hope to make more space for God and bring more peace in my life and home. Anything is possible with God’s help.

– Niquelle Allen


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