St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square is a downtown Episcopal parish located at the corner of Sixteenth and H Streets, NW, across from the White House. St. John’s welcomes all to come and worship—whether prospective or regular members, persons seeking a moment of solitude during the day, or visitors to the city looking for a Sunday service.
Groups of different ages meet for social gatherings and discussion of relevant issues. The Parish as a whole comes together for weekly luncheons on Sundays, and many other events throughout the year. Members of the Parish also join in outreach activities—tutoring, food programs, and housing.
At St. John’s Church, we believe Christ is calling us to be a renewed church in a changing world. Empowered by the Spirit of God, we respond to Jesus’ call as we deepen our bond with Christ through worship, become a community where all are accepted, and work together as laity and clergy to do God’s work in the world.
Wherever you are in your life with God — whether a hesitant searcher or a regular churchgoer — we invite you to worship with us and to think of St. John’s as your spiritual home.
We invite you to join us in our services and enjoy the love and saving grace of Christ in a loving, welcoming congregation. We invite you to find God through our liturgy, through the beauty of St. John’s historic building, and through our renowned ministry of music. We invite you to participate in parish activities and in community outreach through which we serve Christ in others, particularly those in need.
In all of this—worship, Christian education, parish life, and outreach—we seek to expand our horizons. Through worship we expand ourselves to perceive and praise our God. In educational opportunities, we seek to explore our faith as we expand our minds. In the parish community and in the world, we seek to integrate worship and education into an expansive way of living in the world: serving God anywhere and everywhere by loving one another because God first loved us.
St. John’s Mission Statement
St. John’s shines as a beacon of God’s love through faith, worship, care, and community, and offers a place of grace at our historic corner in the nation’s capital.