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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Nursery Schedule

The nursery for infants and children up to age 3 meets in the Godly Play Classroom #2 on the second floor of the Parish House. Please note that infants and children are welcome at all worship services.

During the program year (September through May), nursery care is available on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

From early June through early September, it is available most Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Please register your children here.

Church School

During the program year (September through May), Church School  meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the Parish House.  For more information, please contact the Rev. Sarah Akes-Cardwell, Associate for Children and Family Ministries.

Bible Study

Sundays at 10 a.m. | Early September through early June
In person in the Parish House Conference Room or online via Zoom

An adult Bible Study group meets most Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. We use a hybrid approach with some joining via Zoom and others coming to the Conference Room along with attending either the 9 or 11 a.m. worship service. The group is studying the structure, audience, and themes of the Gospel of Luke. Conversations typically explore the connections with the Sunday lectionary lessons and sermons.

To attend the Bible Study class by Zoom, please contact Jack Reiffer, who leads the class, for the link.

Book Group

First Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom

On the first Thursday of each month, the St. John’s Book group meets for a virtual discussion of a different book. Recent titles have included Wholehearted Faith by Rachel Held Evans with Jeff Chu, Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin, The Door by Magda Szabo, When A Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Living in Africa by Peter Godwin, and The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom.

For more information and for links to participate, contact Janet Edmond.



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