“historic Episcopal church in D.C.”
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. Known as “The Church of the Presidents” and luispotusregistered as a national historic landmark, St. John’s was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe to serve a growing residential community in the neighborhoods in the western end of Washington, including those adjacent to Lafayette (then called President’s or Federal) Square. James Madison and several early presidents after him were communicants, as were more recent chief executives. St. John’s first service was held in October 1816. From that time to the present, every person who has held the office of President of the United States has attended a regular or occasional service at St. John’s. Pew 54 is the President’s Pew, and is reserved for the chief executive’s use when in attendance. Yet the real power and prestige of St. John’s emanates from the generations of faithful parishioners who, unfailing in Christian love, compassion, and generosity, have responded to the needs of their day, reaching across our city and around the globe in service to the world. From the founding of an orphanage in 1868 to serve children of the Civil War to modern-day ministry in, South Africa, Jerusalem, and the city of Washington, St. John’s has an effect on our nation and our world. St. John’s has more than 1,000 members. Newcomers to the Washington area are invited to become members of the parish, and visitors are always welcome at services and parish activities.
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