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

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.

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.

Single Use Paper Towels Have A Big Impact

Clean, white, absorbent paper towels are a mainstay in most kitchens, but they come at an environmental, if not financial, cost. In the US, much of the fiber likely comes from boreal forests in Canada… mature trees cut down for the purpose. While some.

The Impending Boom in Plastics

We spent a number of weeks last year discussing the danger of plastics in their production, use, and disposal.  We emphasized our personal responsibilities for alleviating the problem.  Unfortunately, the problem is likely to grow bigger in the near future.  Major oil companies, facing.

Seeking Sustainable Pet Food Options

The pet food industry is big business—we spend about $25 billion on it every year, with about the same caloric value as all the food eaten annually in France.  Advertising has tried to convince us that our pets can’t possibly live healthy lives without.