It’s hard to believe, but our FIFTH Annual Friends Day at Bruton will soon be here! The Friends of Bruton Committee has planned an outstanding day of events for our Saturday, April 29, celebration and you will not want to miss out on the opportunity to join with Friends near and far for this special occasion!
Events begin at the Church on Saturday morning at 10am when Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry will debate relegious freedom, courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg.
Our Friends Day Luncheon will feature a presentation by Ms. Valarie Gray-Holmes. She is assoicated with Colonial Williamsburg where she portrays women — some enslaved and some free — during varioius periods of our nation’s history with emphasis on the colonial period in and near Williamsburg.
In 2015, Ms. Gray-Holmes received the prestigious Women in American History Award form the Williamsburg Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
The afternoon program will offer an exceptional opportunity to participate in a Pilgrimage to Holy Ground at Jamestown. Participants will visit the site of the 1608 church and note the burial site of Rev’d Robert Hunt, the first priest of the Church of England to celebrate the Eucharist in English North America. The Pilgrimage will also include visiting the 1907 brick church built on the foundations of two earlier churches. It is now believed that Thomas West, third baron De La Warr, and the first Royal Governor of the Colony of Virginia, may be buried at this site. Pilgrims will view religious artifacts unearthed at Jamestown and displayed at the Archaearium. Group size is limited, so reserve early!
The morning, luncheon and afternoon programs all require advance reservations which may be made by completing the form to the right. Please mail it along with your check made payable to Bruton Parish with Friends Day in the memo line directly to the attention of Hilary Cooley at the parish office by Friday, April 21.
Friends Day activities will conclude with the Annual John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Concert at the church at 8pm.
The Friends of Bruton Committee is pleased to announce that, in addition to the nearly 2,000 members of our local congregation, we have over 1,600 members who live outside the Williamsburg area. Many states and several foreign countries are represented in what is truly Our Worldwide Congregation. During the annual luncheon, we will be recognizing our 108 Charter Members. The Cornerstone Circle, launched last April at Friends Day, has over 60 sustaining members in its first year!
We do hope you will join with us for this first milestone celebration of Friends of Bruton.
Most of the events require advance reservations. To make your Friends Day reservations, please complete a Registration Form and mail or drop them by the Parish House along with your check.