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 Fourth Week of Lent 2018

Skiing in the mountains of Utah: God’s country. He is present in the overwhelming magnificence of this landscape as I survey the space from a 9,000 feet perspective. It seems unchanging, and yet I know it is evolving just as I am. The trails change; the trees fall down; the snow melts; the mountainsides crumble, sending avalanches of rock below.

Off the mountain in the afternoons I am immersed in Atul Gawande’s book entitled Being Mortal*. And I realize that my evolution is a euphemistic way off saying that I am aging even as I strive to maintain a perspective from 9,000 feet – very close to heaven and as close as I will ever get until death.

It is the road to this inevitable death that is expressed in Being Mortal and that currently occupies my thoughts as I live out the final third of life. “There is a time to be born and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:2). The question is how each of us lives approaching the inevitable – an eternal life in and with Christ in heaven (and above 9,000 feet).

*Footnote to everyone over 50: read Being Mortal, because we all have loved ones traveling a nearer path to heaven.

Martha Ellison

Appointed readings for today: Exodus 32:7-14, Psalm 106:6-7, 19-23, John 5:30-47