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: Making the summer classic cookout more climate friendly

Many of us will fire up a grill this summer to enjoy a cookout with family and friends.  How we do it though, can make a big difference.  The classic charcoal grill typically generates about three times the greenhouse emissions as a gas grill for the same cooking job.  Part of that is because we tend to overuse charcoal, whereas we turn off the gas or propane when the job is done.  One study found that the typical charcoal grilling session emits as much carbon dioxide as driving a car for roughly 26 miles.  That may not sound like much, but since some 90 million Americans own charcoal grills, the potential is high for considerable impact.  That impact is further compounded if the charcoal isn’t drawn from renewable sources and if we light it with a fossil fuel starter.

What we can do:

  • If we have a charcoal grill, use a chimney starter and load charcoal sparingly.
  • As with drinking beer, let’s enjoy outdoor cooking responsibly.


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