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

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent 2018

“Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

The Book of Common Prayer, Contemporary Collects, page 236

I want to share with you my faith journey, which started when I was baptized at six weeks of age with my twin sister at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. I was taught to say the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23 soon after learning to speak. I still say them for my daily devotions as well as reading my Bible every day.

We moved to the United States in 1970 when I was a young boy. Two weeks after our arrival, I began serving as an acolyte at the Church of St. Mark in Brooklyn. After a couple of years, I became the acolyte director. I also became a licensed lay reader and a chalice administrator, and served on the Vestry.

I moved to Silver Spring with my family in 1982, continuing my church activities–first at the Church of Our Savior, then at Grace Church, and now at St. John’s.

I cherish this journey–my prayer life and involvement in the church–and will continue to cherish it forever.

James Doyle

Appointed readings for today: Genesis 17:1-8, Psalm 105:4-11, John 8:51-59