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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The Problem with Biodegradable Trash Bags

We all want to do the right thing when we throw out our trash.  And that trash, unless it is composted or recycled, goes to a landfill.  EPA requires that landfills block out air, moisture, and sunlight, all essential ingredients for proper biograding (and composting as well), so any trash bag labeled biodegradable has an attractive cachet, but provides no benefit if it ends up in a landfill, where it becomes just another plastic bag since it cannot rot.  We’re really caught between a rock and a hard place.  The best thing to do?  Recycle or compost where we can.  Otherwise, minimize our trash.  Click here for more information.


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