For over 85 years, St. John’s Episcopal Church has organized and hosted the Georgetown House Tour to raise funds for ministry and outreach. Beginning in 1931, parishioners believed that this fundraising effort was undertaken in the spirit of the church itself: “to open the door for better living for everyone in the community, regardless of race, color, or creed.”
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, is located at 3240 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20007 and has a long and storied history. The original church building was started in 1796 and completed in 1804. President Thomas Jefferson and Dolley Madison were among the founders and regular attendees along with Francis Scott Key, author of our National Anthem. St. John’s has continued to grow and now has many programs for parishioners and the larger Washington, D.C. community, including its preschool for children aged 2 1/2 to 5 years old. St. John’s Church is engaged in many outreach programs.
These outreach programs are supported, in part, by the Georgetown House Tour. Over the past 5 years, St. John’s has funded a broad range of human service organizations, including: Bishop Walker School, Bright Beginnings, Cornerstone Community, Seabury Senior Ministries, Georgetown Ministry Center, Grate Patrol, Jubilee Jobs, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, Manna, Metro Teens & Pediatric AIDS, New Futures, and Joseph House (all in the Washington metro area), in addition to Seafarers & International House, American Near East Refugee Aid, Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, and Honduras Support through the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.