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.

Washington, DC

Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)

St. John’s is a member of Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), a faith-based grassroots organization dedicated to improving the life of all residents of the District of Columbia. Founded in 1996, WIN is multi-faith, multi-racial and non-partisan. It has nearly fifty church, synagogue, union, and public school members, representing 25,000 families in every section of the city.

WIN is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest community organizing network in the United States with more than 60 faith-based community organizations across the nation, including BUILD in Baltimore, MD and AIM in Montgomery County, MD.

Visit the Washington Interfaith Network website for more information.

Communities in Schools

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Volunteer Opportunities – School Year 2016-2017

  1. Family Food Market: Moten ES 1565 Morris Rd., SE

Day & Time:  Once a month, 2:15pm-5:30pm or 3pm-7pm

Duration:  One time opportunity each month.

Description:  The Family Food Market is done through a collaboration between CIS and Martha’s Table.  The Food Market provides free food to low-income families whose children attend Moten.  Volunteers will help set up, distribute and clean up, manage the sign in table, and help family members carry groceries outside.

Date:  A group from St. John’s Church will provide the volunteer support on January 26, 2017.  Contact SJC Coordinators* if transportation assistance is needed.

  1. Career Fairs – Various Schools

Day & Time:  Various dates to be determined throughout school year.

Duration – One time opportunity

Description – Schools hold various fairs throughout the year, allowing students to learn about a wide variety of professions.

Date:  To be determined.

  1. Report Card Conferencing: Cardozo Education Campus

1200 Clifton St., NW

Day & Time:  Quarterly for one hour or the entire day. Sessions are for one half hour from 10am – 3pm with a break for lunch.

Duration:  One time to each quarter

Description:  The conferences are opportunities for students to reflect on their attendance and academic progress with a caring adult.  Though the meetings are brief, they make a big difference to the student.  There is also the possibility of continuity by meeting with the same student(s) during subsequent conferencing days throughout the year.   There is also a need for Spanish speaking volunteers in that Cardozo has an International Academy.  A brief training takes place the same day.

Date:  November 16 – 9th grade; November 17 – 10th grade; November 21 & 22 – International Academy.   Contact SJC Coordinators* if transportation assistance is needed.

  1. The Journal Project – Moten ES (1565 Morris Rd. SE), King ES

(3200 6th St, SE), and Johnson MS (1400 Bruce Place, SE)

Day & Time:  Any day of the week as long as it is the same day for

one hour.  The time can vary based on volunteer’s schedule.

Duration – 6-8 weeks (Spring 2017)

Description:  Join a group from SJC to work with a small group of

Students to create art and write about their experiences, giving

Students an opportunity to express themselves.  Training and

support will be provided by SJC parishioner Susan Lewis.

Feeding Ministries

Each month St. John’s parishioners volunteer with our partners at Grace Church Georgetown at “Grace’s Table” to provide a meal to our homeless neighbors. Our last event was held on Saturday, April 16. Please check back for updates.

We also provide casseroles for S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat), a ministry to the homeless and low-income individuals in D.C. You can pick up a casserole pan at church, and leave your casserole in our big freezer for S.O.M.E to pick up.

On Sandwich Sundays, parishioners gather in the dining room after the 11:00 a.m. service and create assembly lines to make 1000 sandwiches for the homeless, which are sent to Martha’s Table for distribution. Our last event was held on Sunday, April 17. Please check back for updates.

For more information visit Martha’s Table Web site and the S.O.M.E. Web site .

Rebuilding Together

St. John’s parishioners annually join together to repair and refurbish a house in the District of Columbia as part of the nationwide “Rebuilding Together” program. The program meets a critical need of elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners to preserve affordable housing by providing skilled services, volunteers, and materials to rehabilitate homes and revitalize neighborhoods for one day in April every year. Painting, landscaping, and repairs of all sorts, and fellowship are all part of a day’s activities that help a deserving member of the broader community. Our last Rebuilding Together project took place on  Saturday, April 30. For more information visit the Rebuilding Together of DC.

Spring Clothing Drive

Clothing Drives are held seasonally. Pull aside gently-used clothing for our less fortunate neighbors.

Toy, Clothing, and Food Drives

Clothing and food drives are held several times a year. Toys for low-income community children are collected in November and December.

Bishop John T. Walker School

The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys is an Episcopal School for children of low-income families. BWS nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, social, physical and artistic development of our students in a Christian community of learners that welcomes boys of all faith traditions.

Working in close partnership with our students and their families, BWS strives to create an environment where every boy receives the structured support required to fully develop his unique gifts. The school seeks to foster the love of learning, intellectual curiosity, spiritual foundation and moral character each boy will need to achieve his fullest potential as a student, as a citizen, and as a child of God.

BWS is a private school administered by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. It receives no public funding and is accountable to the Diocese and the BWS community. St. John’s has played an active role in the development of the school with annual financial contributions. St. John’s parishioner James Lowe is an active member of the 2015-2016 governing board. Many St. John’s parishioners make financial contributions, and books are donated to students as part of our annual Christmas book and toy drive.

Visit www.bishopwalkerschool.com for more information.