WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

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.

History

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.

Mission

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.

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.
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Wednesday, October 21

Dear St. John’s Community,
I am happy to announce that starting this weekend we will provide fifteen additional spaces open to anyone in the congregation who would like to attend worship in the church on Sunday mornings! To be as fair as possible, we will make seats available on a lottery basis.
If you would like to attend, please click the button below and send us a message. If there are multiple people in your household interested in attending, please list their names. Also, please put down which upcoming Sundays you’ll be available.
Fifteen people will be randomly selected from the list, keeping households together. If you are selected you’ll get a message form the office with the information you need. Once you have attended, we will make room for others to move higher on the list in order to be fair.
Over time we will continue gradually expanding the numbers so that more and more people will get to worship in the church on Sundays. Needless to say, we all can’t wait until we can fully reopen.
I have an additional announcement, which is that for the Sunday afternoon gatherings, you no longer need to sign up. Simply show up at one of the scheduled outdoor gatherings. Locations and maps are found above. This weekend we will only have two locations, one in VA and one at a new location in DC—both at 4pm. When you arrive, please sign in with an usher.
I continue to be very grateful to the Regathering Task Force, who has helped us navigate our way through this new territory. I am also grateful for the agility and grace of our entire parish.
God’s peace,
The Rev. Robert W. Fisher
Rector

Previous Updates

Friday, August 28

Dear St. John’s Community,
On August 14th, I announced our two-part plan for in-person Sunday services starting on September 13th.  Our Regathering Task Force continues to work on the many details associated with this next phase of our re-gathering as a worship community.  I want to share with you our latest thinking as we move along this path together.
The first part our two-part plan will be a Holy Eucharist worship service inside the church. Due to safety considerations, only those individuals who perform an essential role in conducting the service (clergy, crucifer, chalice bearers, organist, and lay readers) will attend. The service will be live-streamed starting at 9:00 a.m. on every Sunday.  Our wonderful choir and soloists will continue to provide pre-recorded music just as they have been all summer. The live-streamed service will be recorded, so that those who are unable to watch the service at 9:00 a.m. can enjoy it later.
The second part of our two-part plan, also beginning on September 13th, will be in-person gatherings on Sunday afternoons at three outdoor locations (one in DC, one in MD, and one in VA). We will have a short prayer service, distribution of previously blessed bread and wine, and the chance to enjoy being with one another in fellowship once again. Our plan is for clergy to be present at all of these gatherings.
If you wish to attend one of these outdoor services, you will need to sign up beforehand.  We will send you instructions on how to do that within the next couple of weeks.  The number of people who can attend any given service is limited by local and diocesan guidance, so it possible that the sign-up list for a particular service could fill up quickly. If that happens to you, you may wish to consider signing up for another location or wait for another Sunday. Our ushers will be ensuring that everyone who shows up at service is on the sign-up list. Finally, if you do sign up for a particular service and your plans subsequently change, you will be able to cancel online to give others the opportunity to attend.
At the outdoor service, we will need to follow all the CDC and local guidelines for large gatherings, to include the wear of face coverings and maintaining at least a six-foot distance between family groupings.
Finally, many of the other virtual activities we have enjoyed for the past few months will continue even after we implement our two-part plan. These include Bible Study, weeknight Compline, Centering Prayer, the new Sacred Ground Dialogue on Race and Faith, Book Group, and the Guest Speaker Series.  (In fact, our next Guest Speakers Series event will be held on September 13th at 11:00 a.m. with John Barry, the author of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Plague in History.) Because we will have an opportunity to gather in-person at outdoor locations, we plan to hold a virtual Coffee Hour only when the weather prevents us from meeting in-person.
I continue to look forward to the day when we all can join together in the church, but in the meantime, I am excited about this next phase of our worship together.
Blessings,
The Rev. Robert W. Fisher
Rector

Friday, August 14

Dear St. John’s Community,
I am thrilled to share that we are moving forward in regathering as an in-person worshiping community. Let me be clear, we will not be able to immediately return to worshiping like we used to, but we are about to dip our toes back into the water of in-person worship, and, together with our Regathering Task Force of St. John’s, I have a two-part plan for Sundays starting September 13th.
The first part will be a worship service inside the church. It will be a return to Holy Eucharist. At this early stage for the sake of safety, we will have a very limited number of participants (e.g., clergy, crucifer, chalice bearers, organist, and lay readers). The service will be livestreamed and will include our fabulous choirs singing remotely (pre-recorded) just as they have been all summer. We hope that the opportunity to watch the service live will both enhance the worship experience for those at home and help bind us together as a community of faith. The service also will be recorded, so those unable to watch the service live can enjoy it later.
The second part, also beginning on September 13th, will be in-person gatherings on Sunday afternoons in outdoor locations mostly where parishioners live. We plan to have a short prayer service, distribution of communion, and the chance to enjoy being with one another in fellowship once again. We are lining up multiple locations for each Sunday with a hope that we can welcome everybody who would like to come. Our plan is for clergy to be present at all of these gatherings. We will send out ways to sign up beforehand.
For the return to Eucharistic worship, the bread and wine that will be blessed on the altar in the morning will then radiate out to be distributed to all who would like to receive at the afternoon gatherings.
Several private schools and parishioners have graciously offered outdoor space for these gatherings. We welcome additional suggestions for other possible locations.
I continue to look forward to the day when we all can join together in the church, but in the meantime, I am excited about this next phase of our worship together.
Blessings,
The Rev. Robert W. Fisher
Rector

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