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

Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

Service Times

St. John's offers several opportunities on Sundays and during the workweek for you to join us during worship. All are welcome.

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.

Rector Transition

On October 17, 2017, the Rev. Dr. Luis León, rector of St. John's Church, announced his retirement in May 2018.
Pathways Through Lent

Friday After Ash Wednesday

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day, and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:7-8

Many years ago, when our sons were quite young, our family spent part of the Christmas Holidays in Florida visiting relatives. One evening, we drove around the neighborhood seeing the Christmas lights. We saw one house that was brilliantly decorated and featured a sign that said “Open House – Refreshments Served.” My mother-in-law suggested that we stop there, as the owner of the house was a friend of hers and was a retired NFL Houston Oilers football player. He and his wife warmly greeted us and gave us a tour of their beautifully decorated home. In one room memorabilia was featured from his playing days – helmets, jerseys, trophies, team photos, etc. He gave us an autographed photo of himself which included these words: “Never Give Up, Never Give Up, Never Give Up.”

I asked him what those words meant to him, and he said that over the years, many family and friends told him he was too short to play football, or didn’t have the talent to make it in the pros. He said on many occasions, he was tempted to take the easy way out, to train less hard, to play it safe rather than accept the challenges. However, his faith in God told him that God would be with him every step of the way, and that he should trust God in every phase of his life.

In 2 Timothy the Apostle Paul knew what it meant to accept challenges when the “easy way out” was an attractive alternative. And Jesus, especially during His temptations in the desert, and during the night before He was crucified, had the ability to choose between facing the cross or backing down. We all have times when we want to give up, to acknowledge that we are too weak or too unprepared to handle an illness, job situation, family issue or other problem. This Lenten season, culminating in Christ’s triumphal Easter Day, gives us a new opportunity to put the past behind us, to face the future knowing that although we may not know what the future holds, we know that God is in our future. Never Give Up, Never Give Up, Never Give Up.

Ralph Olson

Appointed readings for today: Isaiah 58:1-9, Psalm 51:1-10, Matthew 9:10-17