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 In-Person

For online worship, the 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship service is livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook every week.

For classes we offer, visit here.

About St. John’s:

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. 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.


The interior of the historic St. John’s Church at Lafayette Square in Washington, DC



Join us for in-person worship at 7:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m or online for our 11:00 a.m. service (live or afterwards). The 7:45 a.m. service is a spoken service. The 9:00 a.m. service features the church choir, and the 11:00 a.m. service features our professional choir. We often have special events, so be sure to check out our calendar to see what is upcoming. This includes occasional special Sunday musical performances, Midweek Concerts on the first Wednesday of the month at 12:15 p.m., and Evensong Services on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.


Parking and Metro:

You can reach St. John’s by car or by public transportation. If you come by Metro, there are several stops within walking distance. McPherson Square, located on the Orange, Silver, and Blue Lines, is right around the corner on Vermont Avenue. Take the exit toward the White House. Farragut North, located on the Red Line, is a 10-minute walk to the church.

If you drive, and you come for the 7:45 a.m. service, there is street parking surrounding the church. During the program year, which begins on September 11 and runs through early June, valet parking is available on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Look for the valet sign at the corner of Black Lives Matter Plaza (16th Street) and H Street, NW. For more information:


For Children:

Children are welcome at all worship services.

nursery for infants and children up to age three is available on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Godly Play Classroom #2 on the second floor of the Parish House. You may register children ahead of time here.


Children in pre-K through fifth grade may participate in Church School on the second floor of the Parish House, on Sundays from 10 to 10:50 a.m. For more information, please contact Katherine Raab, our volunteer church school coordinator:


We celebrate the return of Children’s Chapel during 11 a.m. worship. Most Sundays from early September through May 28, children from birth through grade 5 are invited to participate in a special liturgy just for them. Clergy and lay helpers will lead children in a song, homily, and prayer time in the Children’s Chapel space on the second floor of the Parish House. Children are invited to gather by the stairs in the front of the altar during the gradual hymn before the Gospel is read. They will return to the sanctuary during the Peace. Parents are welcome to accompany their children, and encouraged to do so for those younger than three. Children are always welcome to stay and worship in the sanctuary. For more information contact the Rev. Sarah Akes-Cardwell at:


On Sundays from 10 to 10:50 a.m., all middle and high school youth are invited to the second floor of the Parish House for an exploration of life and faith with their peers. For more information about the Youth Group, please contact the Rev. Shawn Evelyn:



Watch Online Live or After (11 a.m. worship):

The 11:00 a.m. service live streams and bulletins can be found on the Worship Page of our website at https://stjohns-dc.org/welcome-to-saint-johns-church/online-worship-and-classes/ and accessed directly on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stjohnslafayettesquare page and YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/StJohnsChurchLafayetteSquare during the service. After the service has concluded, archived streams can be watched again on YouTube.


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