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

Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent 2019

Two of the readings for today include excerpts from the Book of Psalms and the Matthew’s Gospel that foretell of distress. Jesus, for the third time, talks with the disciples about the ultimate betrayal and death that awaits him in Jerusalem.

It’s interesting to follow Jesus’s travel to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is inland, as opposed to Tel Aviv and Haifa, which are ports on the Mediterranean Sea. He is coming from Galilee in the north to Judea—and ultimately Jerusalem. In hindsight, maybe we wish he hadn’t traveled to Jerusalem where he knew that he was going to die. But he had to, nonetheless.

During this Lenten season we consider our own lives while we celebrate the life and mourn the death of Jesus, the alpha and the omega. We make adjustments in our daily routines so that we better follow the teachings of Jesus. We pray to God for guidance: “Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me in thy loving-kindness.” (Psalm 31:16)

Donna Welles

Appointed readings for today: Jeremiah 18:1-11, 18-20, Psalm 31:9-16, Matthew 20:17-28