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.
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Worship & Classes

Please scroll down for the online worship and classes we offer.

The 9:00 a.m. Sunday worship service will be livestreamed on Facebook and on this page every Sunday.


Spoken Compline

Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Compline is a service for the completion of the day or Night Prayer. Click the button below to join us on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. for this peaceful liturgy as our day ends. For more information, please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder.

Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer that allows us to experience God’s presence within us. Join us as we quiet our mind and begin our day with 20 minutes of silent prayer together. No experience needed. Contact Thom Sinclair for more information or for the link to participate.


Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

The Bible Study led by Jack Reiffer will meet via Zoom on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Send a message here for the link to participate.

Worship Offerings for Children.

Parents’ Survey – please share your input and perspective

Many parishioners joined the parents’ discussions in March, led by Desirée Stolar. Their suggestions for parents, families, and children’s programming shaped this survey. This period of transition provides us with challenges but also opportunities! Whether you and your family are engaged or not, please complete this survey no later than Thursday, July 1. The Clergy and Vestry will discuss the results of this survey during scheduled fall meetings. The survey is available here.

Click below for the Children’s Bulletin with coloring pages of stories from this Sunday’s scripture readings. Contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder for more information.

Sunday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom

Join us June 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., for a discussion led by Catherine Rampell, an opinion columnist for The Washington Post and commentator for CNN and the PBS NewsHour. She will speak on the state of the U.S. economy. Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A. Click here to register to attend on June 27. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting.

Thursday, July 1 at 6:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom

The St. John’s Book group will meet on Thursday, July 1, at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom to discuss Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding and Ending U.S. Poverty by Joanne Samuel Goldblum and Colleen Shaddox. Nearly 40 million people in the U.S. live below the poverty line, currently set at $26,200 for a family of four. While poverty is commonly seen as a personal failure, the authors argue it is actually the result of bad public policy. This book offers at road map for securing a brighter future. If you love to read, please join us for an evening of discussion and socializing. For more information and for links to participate, contact Janet Edmond.

The Holy Habits podcast is a new Christian formation program that has had two seasons–Advent 2020 and Lent 2021. In these 30-45 minute conversations, our Associate Rector, the Rev. Savannah Ponder, interviews lay people, deacons, priests, bishops, and seminary professors to talk about various spiritual disciplines. This is an exploration into the shape of a life well-lived, that is, a life oriented to receiving the gift of belonging to God.