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 Trees of Life

There’s a popular Chinese proverb that says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.”  Richard Power’s novel, The Overstory, (this month’s St. John’s Book Club selection) explores, among other issues, our connections and complex relationships with our changing natural world.  Meditations and messages from the parish’s Care of Creation committee, which meets next on Sunday, September 29th, will focus on those connections.  If you’d like to be part of parish planning for greater sustainability and connectivity, please join us.  You can RSVP to the email address below.

In the meantime, fall is the very best season for tree planting in our area.  Do you have space to create a leafy legacy for the future, with roots as deep as ours in the faith?  Is there a street tree on your block that could use your care?

What we can do:


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