WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

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.

History

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.

Mission

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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Monday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The youth will meet on Monday at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder for more information.

Click here to join the St. John’s Youth meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/93654150335?pwd=czZOZm1TeEJ5d0M1NTNDMHYyalczQT09

Sunday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Join us May 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., for a discussion led by Susan Glasser and Peter Baker. Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, responsible for reporting on President Biden, the fifth president he has covered. He previously wrote about Presidents Donald J. Trump and Barack Obama for The Times and Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush for The Washington Post. Susan B. Glasser is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes a weekly column on life in Washington. She founded the award-winning Politico Magazine and went on to become the editor of Politico throughout the 2016 election cycle.  They will speak on The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James Baker III. Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A. Click here to register to attend on May 23. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting.

Sunday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Join us May 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., for a discussion led by Susan Glasser and Peter Baker. Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, responsible for reporting on President Biden, the fifth president he has covered. He previously wrote about Presidents Donald J. Trump and Barack Obama for The Times and Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush for The Washington Post. Susan B. Glasser is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes a weekly column on life in Washington. She founded the award-winning Politico Magazine and went on to become the editor of Politico throughout the 2016 election cycle.  They will speak on The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James Baker III. Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A. Click here to register to attend on May 23. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting.

Ruth Marcus, Deputy editorial page editor at the Washington Post. She will speak on the political/public policy issues of the day.

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.

Thursday, August 5 at 6:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom

The St. John’s Book group will meet on Thursday, August 5, at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom for an open discussion about our favorite books we are reading and recommending to friends. Please come with two of your most interesting and captivating selections to share. For more information and for links to participate, contact Janet Edmond.

 

Under Education

 

Accommodations

If you and/or your children are in need of accommodations, whether it be intellectually, emotionally, physically, or otherwise, we welcome you. Please contact Savannah Ponder directly to discuss how we can provide the support you need to engage in formation ministries.

Questions? Contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder, Associate Rector.

Liturgy

The work of the people.

Acolyte (Age 10+)

The word “acolyte” means “follower” or “helper.” This has been a role in Christian worship for thousands of years. At St. John’s, we invite younger children (age 10+) to be torch bearers and older teens or adults to be the crucifer. Vestments and trainings are provided by the church.

Lector | Reader (Age 11+)

Youth are welcome to go through training to become a lector, reading scripture in the Sunday service.

Usher (Age 15+)

Youth ushers help support the service logistically, welcome people to worship, and present the gifts of bread and wine to the altar.

If you or your child are interested in participating in one or more of these roles, please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder, Associate Rector.

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.

Planned Giving/1816 Society

“All things come of Thee, O Lord; and of Thine own have we given Thee.” (1 Chronicles 29:14)

Planned giving means making a gift during your lifetime that will last beyond your lifetime.

For more than 200 years, St. John’s has stood as a beacon of Christian witness in our nation’s capital. During our 200th anniversary, celebrated in 2016, the Planned Giving Committee created the 1816 Society to celebrate those who have chosen to remember St. John’s in their financial planning. To become a member, simply let us know that you have named St. John’s in your estate or life insurance planning.

The Planned Giving program encourages planned gifts in support of the mission and ministry of St. John’s Church. The twin purposes of a formal planned giving program are set forth in The Book of Common Prayer, page 445:

1)  To encourage parishioners to protect their families by having a will.
2)  To encourage Christians to include the church in wills or estate plans.

Planned gifts may be bequests in wills, life-income gifts, or gifts of real estate and life insurance. Planned giving is an important ministry to our congregation and to the church.

Receiving Income from Your Gift as well as a Tax Deduction. Many of our parishioners have asked how they can make a gift to St. John’s and reserve income for life for one or two people. You can choose between fixed or variable income payments (charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust). Besides receiving income, you will receive a charitable deduction for part of what you give. If you use appreciated securities or other assets, you may reduce your capital gains taxes.

Providing Income to St. John’s Church While Benefiting Your Loved Ones. Many of our parishioners have begun to think about retirement, estate planning, charities they want to support, and the transfer of wealth to their children. You can establish a gift that will provide income to the church for a number of years, with assets passing to your children in later years (charitable lead trust). This way, you reduce your income taxes and future gift taxes and avoid estate taxes on your original gift and its appreciation.

Additional information on giving options can be found on the Episcopal Church Foundation’s website at http://episcopalgifts.org/.

If you have already named St. John’s in your estate planning documents or life insurance policies, please let us know by calling or emailing Preston Cherouny,  Financial Assistant, in the Parish Office at (202) 347-8766, ext. 316, so that we may add you to the 1816 Society. If you would like more information on planned giving opportunities, please email the Rev. Rob Fisher, Rector, or by calling at (202) 347-8766, ext. 302.  

Tax Information

The parish is listed as a 501(c)(3) institution under the US Internal Revenue Code. All gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Seeking advice from your financial consultant is always advisable.

Giving Securities. By making a gift of appreciated securities owned for more than 12 months, you can deduct the entire amount of your gift, which includes the original cost of the securities plus its appreciation. This way, you avoid paying a capital gains tax on its appreciation and the deduction is based on the value of the securities when transferred to the church, as well as deductible up to 30% of your adjusted gross income. Excess deductions can be carried over for up to five years. Cash gifts are deductible up to 50% of your adjusted gross income.

Receiving Income from Your Gift as well as a Tax Deduction. Many of our parishioners have asked how they can make a gift to St. John’s and reserve income for life for one or two people. You can choose between fixed or variable income payments (charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust). Besides receiving income, you will receive a charitable deduction for part of what you give. If you use appreciated securities or other assets, you may reduce your capital gains taxes.

Providing Income to St. John’s Church While Benefiting Your Loved Ones. Many of our parishioners have begun to think about retirement, estate planning, charities they want to support, and the transfer of wealth to their children. You can establish a gift that will provide income to the church for a number of years, with assets passing to your children in later years (charitable lead trust). This way, you reduce your income taxes and future gift taxes and avoid estate taxes on your original gift and its appreciation.

Making Gifts from Your Business. If you are an owner of a closely-held corporation, you can contribute stock in your company to the church and receive a tax deduction for the value of your gift.

Additional information on giving options can be found on the Episcopal Church Foundation’s website at www.episcopalgifts.org.


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