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: Preserving the Parts to Sustain the Whole

Aldo Leopold is known as the father of American conservation.  If you’ve never enjoyed his Sand County Almanac, you might want to put it on your ‘wish list.’  It tells a story of his evolution and enlargement in thinking about the natural world and our place in it.  One of his most profound statements in that work is this:  To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.”  This is the banner of those concerned about our disappearing biodiversity, the Sixth Great Extinction, which scientists describe is taking place in our lifetimes. 

Are we paying enough attention?  Are we living to preserve every cog and wheel of nature?  How can we support the parts that make up the whole, before the warp and weft of the whole are hopelessly compromised?

What we can do:

  • Read, study, learn, teach our children
  • Preserve intact green spaces, and work to create green corridors for wildlife
  • Live as simply and sustainably as we can
  • Work and vote for conservation values
  • Brainstorm with others on how to proceed


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