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.

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.

Online Worship & Classes

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


Morning Prayer for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (August 2, 2020)

Click here for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost bulletin (August 2, 2020)


Editing: Brent Erstad, Director of Music

Photo Imagery: The Rev. Robert W. Fisher, Rector

Postlude for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m.

Interested in joining a Centering Prayer Zoom gathering on Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m.? Experience a few moments of peace and comfort through the contemplative practice of centering prayer. Newcomers welcome! Contact the Rev. Jane Milliken Hague for more information.


Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Join us on Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., for a Zoom coffee hour, to socialize, catch up, and talk about the service. We look forward to seeing you Sunday. Send a message here for the link to participate.

Sunday, August 9, at 10:00 a.m.

The Bible Study led by Jack Reiffer will meet via Zoom on Sunday, August 2, at 10:00 a.m. Send a message here for the link to participate.


Summer Christian Formation for children will take place as pre-recorded video sessions emailed to parents each Sunday morning by 7:00 a.m.  Please send a message here for the links to participate.

Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m.

The youth are currently on break from meeting and will begin meeting again on Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. In the meantime, youth are encouraged to read a book that will be part of the class discussion in August. Please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder to receive a copy.

Thursday, August 6 at 6:45 pm.

The St. John’s Book group will meet on Thursday, August 6, at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom. August is “free read” month. Come to the book club and tell us what you are reading. If you love to read, please join us for an evening of discussion and socializing.
For more information and for links to participate, contact Leila Taaffe.

Sunday, August 23, 9:30 a.m.

Following our congregational meetings in June, we are now embarking upon a year-long journey to explore issues of race and faith, and what these mean specifically for St. John’s, Lafayette Square as a gathered community. Using as our base the “Sacred Ground” dialogue program designed by the Episcopal Church, small dialogue circles will read, watch, consider, discuss and pray together about a wide range of materials designed to make us more deeply consider — whatever our ethnicity — our response as individuals and as a community to issues of race in our lives, in our country, and in our church.

The program will start in September, and is open to any interested adult member of the Saint John’s congregation. The Rev. Will Morris, and other members of the planning group, will host an introductory meeting to explain more about Sacred Ground, review some of the materials, and answer questions at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 23 (in place of the coffee hour). Please send a message here for a link to participate. You can also view some of the Sacred Ground materials here and here. We so hope that many of you will feel able to join us on this journey.