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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Care of Creation: The Advantages of Eating Local Produce

Food systems in the aggregate, including agriculture (plants and animals), transportation, processing, refrigeration and the like, account for about a third of our global carbon emissions contributing to climate change.  The amount of food we shift around the world amounts to somewhere between 1500-1800 miles per plate, per person, per day in the US.  A quick check of the grocery store shelves can reveal how far some of our food has traveled.  Reducing demand for that transportation load on the climate is a positive step.  Moreover, local produce is picked later, so it has more nutrients and more taste.  It may have fewer contaminants because it has not been handled as much, and it has a direct positive impact on the local economy leading to greater food security.  What’s not to like?

What we can do:

  • Check the origin labels on packaged fresh food.  Favor more local sourcing.
  • Frequent our local farmers’ markets.
  • If possible, plan menus around seasonal foods.


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