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: Shifting to LED Light Bulbs

Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb, patented in 1880, was the mainstay of lighting for over a century.  It changed the way the world worked and lived… and destroyed a lot of sleep in the process.  For the past decade, though, a quiet revolution in lighting has taken place.  LEDs, light-emitting diodes, are the most efficient lights on the market, even better than CFLs, compact fluorescent lights.  LEDs use up to 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 25 years.  Switching to LEDs as a nation would mean we could save some $14 billion annually and cut the equivalent of emissions from seven million cars.  On average, every household would save about $100 a year in electricity bills.  Upfront costs tend to be higher, but that is changing as technology improves and options expand.  Savings would accrue immediately.

What we can do:

  • If we haven’t already, replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs, especially in our lights most used, such as in halls and kitchens.
  • If we’re replacing CFLs, make sure these are recycled appropriately, because they contain traces of mercury (Home Depot, for example, will take our old CFLs).


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