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: Measuring the Carbon Benefits of Public Transport

Many of us, happily or grimly, move around town in cars—either our own or hired—rather than take public transport.  There is a carbon cost to that, however, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has calculated it for us by estimating the carbon saved if we were to take Metro rather than a car.  Let’s say, for example, we want to come to St. John’s from Bethesda.  If we go to the WMATA Trip Planner web site and check the route from Bethesda to McPherson Square, we find not only the times of trains and cost, but also how much carbon would be saved, in this case, between 4.7 and 4.9 lbs of CO2 depending on what route we choose.  Double that for a round trip.  If we all did that routinely, we’d create very significant carbon savings.

What we can do:

  • Check out parking options around a Metro station near home.
  • Consider Metro alternatives for more of our urban travel.
  • Carpool where possible.


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