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: Offsetting Carbon Emissions from Air Travel

Our flights on airlines are big contributors to the emission of greenhouse gasses.  Passenger miles per gallon of fuel vary depending on the length of trip and type of aircraft, of course, but a US to Europe flight might involve about 80 pmg or over 500 lbs of CO2 equivalent per hour of flying per passenger.  To help counter these emissions and to raise awareness of the cost, some airlines have endorsed carbon offset programs.  These calculate the amount of fuel “used” by each passenger on any particular flight and hence the emissions released.  Passengers then can opt to pay extra into a fund to support projects that stop or absorb a similar amount of emissions from going into the atmosphere, such as wind power or planting trees.  Some of these projects may be tax-deductible. 

Trees alone, however, are not the answer, since a single mature tree can only absorb about 48 lbs of carbon a year.  Flying is a necessary part of our lives.  Let’s make sure we understand the long term costs.

What we can do:

  • Minimize our air travel and, when we do fly, consider purchasing or investing in carbon offset programs.


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