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

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.

Our Pets have a Carbon Paw Print, Too

We Americans love our pets, and our lives are deeply enriched by their presence.  Together, we care for some 163 million dogs and cats—and they have their own unique carbon paw prints.  The most important contributor is the food we feed them.  Because so.

Join us for a Sustainable Meal

This Sunday the Care of Creation Committee will be hosting a meal made from ingredients as many as possible locally grown and the production of which is low in carbon generation.  Being locally grown means fewer emissions in transportation and likely in production itself. .

Sustainable Holiday Shopping

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we throw away 25% more trash than at any other time of year, about a million extra tons according to the EPA. That includes everything from wrapping paper, holiday decorations, packaging, and older items like cell phones and computers, dumped.

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.

Care of Creation:The Savings of Sustainable Clothing

The EPA has estimated that, on average, Americans throw away about 75 pounds of textiles a year, a 750 percent increase over the past fifty or so years.  Most of this is clothing, driven by the so-called “fast fashion” industry that produces low cost.