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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We Are Flushing Our Forest Away

We don’t usually think about toilet paper until it runs out, but we should.  Its ubiquitous presence and low cost misrepresent the dramatic and irreversible toll it is taking on our boreal forests.  As with paper towels discussed last week, those forests are also the favored source for virgin softwood pulp for tissue products, and in the past 20 years, an area the size of Ohio has been logged, some 28 million acres.  Alternatives to this tree-to-toilet-paper pipeline exist.  Tissue products made from recycled materials emit a third of the greenhouse gasses as that from virgin pulp, and are becoming available at neighborhood stores – see Giant’s Nature’s Promise line, for example.  Check that what we buy has recycled content, and the more of that the better.  When we buy those popular (and comfortable) brands without recycled material, we are literally flushing our forests down the drain.  Use this NRDC scorecard to check our favorite brands for sustainability.

St. John’s Care of Creation Group


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