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

Third Sunday of Lent

Psalm 63 talks about crying out to God. When should we cry out to God? What happens when we cry out to God? In the Catholic tradition there are worshipers that practice novenas. When I am afraid I schedule a novena. It’s a prayer calendar that lasts nine weeks. The novena is dedicated for the health of a loved one or for the success of a project. Novenas seem to assist people who are ailing. There are specific wants and needs when someone offers a novena. There are other ways to cry out to God. We can fast in the mornings, or we can say evening prayers. We can choose a saint to pray with us. As I am crying out to God, the angels pray with me. It is in the liturgy that angels and archangels and all the company of heaven forever sing hymns to proclaim the glory of God. Perhaps we should cry out to God more often.

Donna Welles

Appointed readings for today: Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 63:1-8, Luke 13:1-9