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.

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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 after Ash Wednesday 2020


The way of Christ “leads to life”; a contrary way “leads to destruction.” How fortunate are we that God prescribes the path to righteousness! Our family reflected on this scripture by reading aloud the text and sharing our feelings. The adults took several long pauses, attempted to cerebrally interpret the Lord’s words with context and pragmatism.

Our six-year son simply responded “so he wants them to be like his shadow,” followed by a whimsical laugh. “You know,” he continued, “like when I follow you around and do everything you do.”

The adults found that innocent analogy hard to dismiss. Pressing further, our son reinforced that a shadow never leaves our side. So, being a shadow in the light of Christ serves as a perfect reminder that if we love the Lord as he loves us, then no matter how far we may stray from Him, we will always be at his side, reflecting the light of love that Christ is shining on us.

Emily Lucio, Formation Hour Church School Leader

Links to the appointed readings for today:

Deuteronomy 30:15–20

Psalm 1

Luke 9:18–25