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: Nature Deficit Disorder?

“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).”

Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods:
Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Our faith stories, beginning with Genesis, are grounded in knowledge and awareness of the natural world around our forebears.  And yet our own daily urban lives often remove us from that very world.   Computers and cell phones restrict our vision, rather than expand it.  Studies demonstrate the importance of time outside in green spaces for our physical as well as mental well-being – indeed for our spiritual health. 

Are we open to and listening for the word of God in the natural world, our island home?

What we can do:

  • Enjoy a laugh.
  • Schedule intentional time outside
  • Have children in our lives?  Be sure we are intentional about providing unstructured discovery time in the woods; take walks together


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