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

Care of Creation: Measuring the Carbon Benefits of Public Transport

Many of us, happily or grimly, move around town in cars—either our own or hired—rather than take public transport.  There is a carbon cost to that, however, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has calculated it for us by estimating the carbon saved.

Care of Creation: Keeping Trees Healthy: A climate-related charge

The past many weeks of hot, dry weather have been costly to our gardens and trees.  Most of us with garden greenery tend naturally to focus on the shrubs and flowers we love, since they have a low tolerance for long dry periods, but.

Care of Creation: Preserving the Parts to Sustain the Whole

Aldo Leopold is known as the father of American conservation.  If you’ve never enjoyed his Sand County Almanac, you might want to put it on your ‘wish list.’  It tells a story of his evolution and enlargement in thinking about the natural world and.

Care of Creation: Nature Deficit Disorder?

“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder Our faith stories, beginning with Genesis, are grounded.

Care of Creation: The Trees of Life

There’s a popular Chinese proverb that says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.”  Richard Power’s novel, The Overstory, (this month’s St. John’s Book Club selection) explores, among other issues, our connections and complex relationships with our changing.