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.
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Online Worship & Classes


Holy Eucharist for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (September 20, 2020)


Editing: Brent Erstad, Director of Music

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

Monday to Friday, 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Compline is a service for the completion of the day or Night Prayer. Join us at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday 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, September 27, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Elaine Pagels

Join us Sunday, September 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., for a discussion led by Elaine Pagels, American religious historian and Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She will speak on her book, Why Religion? A Personal Story. Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A.


You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting.

Sunday, September 27, 3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA.

This Sunday, we begin having an outdoor church school time for children immediately prior to the 4:00 p.m. Outdoor Communion Gathering on the grounds of Virginia Theological Seminary. This will include biblical storytelling and movement. An adult will need to accompany each child to ensure social distancing and mask wearing. Please register by Friday at noon.

Please click below for the Children’s Bulletin with coloring pages of stories from this Sunday’s scripture readings.

For more information, please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder.

Sunday, at 10:00 a.m.

The Bible Study led by Jack Reiffer will meet via Zoom on Sunday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m. Send a message here for the link to participate.

Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

The youth will meet on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. Please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder for the links to participate.

Thursday, October 1, at 6:45 p.m.

The St. John’s Book group will meet on Thursday, October 1, at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom to discuss Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story by Marie Arana. 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.