Welcome to Our Worldwide

Congregation!

The purpose of Friends of Bruton is to provide a means whereby individuals and families, who may live throughout the United States and indeed around the world, may participate in the preservation and promotion of the unique history and spiritual legacy of Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg. Friends of Bruton is open to all who share this vision.

As the successor to the first Anglican Church established in the “New World” at Jamestown, Bruton has continued in the spiritual tradition of those early settlers who landed there in May of 1607.
 
As a Friend of Bruton, you will receive a variety of benefits, including an electronic edition of The Bruton Fount, our periodic e-newsletter especially designed for Our Worldwide Congregation containing articles of interest both historic and spiritual: Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2015, Spring 2016, and Summer 2016.  Future benefits may include special events, cultural tours, webinars, music programs, and perhaps opportunities for a trip back to Williamsburg!  We'll even inform you of our annual stewardship campaigns.
 
It's easy to enroll, just click here and complete the online form.  We look forward to welcoming you to Our Worldwide Congregation as a Friend of Bruton.
 
The Rev'd Christopher L. Epperson, Rector
 
     Friend of Bruton
     Prayer Request
 
     To request prayers be said
     for your loved one(s) for,
     please complete an online form.
 
 
 

 

The Cornerstone Circle
 
The Cornerstone Circle has been created to provide for sustaining membership through an annual tax deductible contribution of at least $100 per individual. The name Cornerstone Circle was chosen based on Ephesians 2:20: Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the Cornerstone.  
    When joining, and each year upon renewal, Cornerstone Circle members will receive a gift in recognition of their commitment. In addition, Cornerstone Circle members will receive our quarterly electronic newsletter, The Bruton Fount; invitation to a private reception preceding the Annual Friends Day Luncheon; opportunity to receive private guided tours of the church and churchyard; early opportunity to register for travel programs sponsored by Friends of Bruton; and other programs and benefits as they become available. As a 2016-2017 Cornerstone Circle member, we are pleased to provide a beautiful hand-crafted Bruton Weathervane lapel pin in either polished pewter or golden finish.
 
                                                  CORNERSTONE CIRCLE PIN

    There remains no charge for basic membership in Friends of Bruton.  However, annual renewable membership in the Cornerstone Circle will enable Friends of Bruton to initiate or support Parish programs that promote and preserve the historic and spiritual heritage of Bruton Parish Church. As a result of contributions from Charter Members, Friends of Bruton was able to sponsor one of the handmade needlepoint cushions recently placed at the altar. Future projects may include support for the soon-to-be opened Heritage Center, development of a computer-based genealogy program and a project to digitally preserve historic photographs of Bruton Parish Church.
    Please complete the online form HERE or contact Hilary Cooley at either 757-345-2252 or hcooley@brutonparish.org if you are interested in becoming a Cornerstone Circle member of Friends of Bruton.
 

 

Friends of Bruton Name Badges
 
In response to numerous requests, the Friends of Bruton Committee has arranged for distinctive name badges that feature Bruton‘s historic weathervane as the symbol of Friends of Bruton. The badges are an ideal way to show your support for Our Worldwide Congregation. They are especially appropriate to be worn at Friends of Bruton sponsored events such as Friends Day or faith-based travel programs.
    The badges are available to all members of the Bruton congregation and the more than 1,500 out-of-area Friends and for our Charter members who will be designated as such on their badges. They may be purchased at a cost of $10 (an additional $2 for magnetic pin). To request your Friends of Bruton name badge, please contact Hilary Cooley (757-345-2252 or hcooley@brutonparish.org).
 
 

 

Friends of Bruton sponsor Pilgrimage

In the desire to afford more people the opportunity to travel with our Rector Chris Epperson on a pilgrimage/tour to Scotland and Northern England, the trip originally scheduled for June has been rescheduled for September 23rd to October 3rd, 2016. The itinerary remains the same beginning with departure from Dulles and arrival in Edinburgh Scotland on September 24th.
    After visiting and touring the Scottish capital you will begin your pilgrimage to Iona Abbey. Founded by St. Columba and his followers in 563 AD, it became the heart of the early Scottish Church and is today a focus for Christian pilgrimage. As Father Chris has stated, "Pilgrimage brings unity as we explore the holy sites of those who came before us, seeking the way. Pilgrimage opens our hearts and minds in surprising ways. Above all, pilgrimage makes us aware of our debt to the past as we are inspired to seek God in our time."
    Your visit to Scotland will include tours of Stirling Castle and Dunham Cathedral, both of great historic significance. In northern England you will visit the ancient city of York founded by the Romans in 71 AD and the medieval masterpiece, 800-year-old York Minster. You will visit Lincoln Cathedral and Castle. The castle, built by William the Conquer in 1068 is today the home of one of four surviving copies of the Magna Carta. On your final day before returning to the states, you will visit Kings College, Cambridge - a truly inspirational experience.
   As Father Chris stated in his letter of invitation, “Looking at our itinerary, I hope you recognize the opportunity to tell significant stories of history and faith.”
    To review the detailed itinerary and download the reservation form, visit http://bit.ly/REVISEDFRIENDSTOUR2016. If you would like a printed copy, stop by the Custis House on Sunday, the Parish House during the week.  If you would like more information, please contact Anita at Far Horizons (973-287-1773 or www.farhorizons.com) or contact Hilary Cooley (hcooley@brutonparish.org or 757-345-2252).
 

 

4th Annual Friends Day

Click HERE to view a video of our guest speaker, The Rev'd Dr. Stuart Hoke's, presentation during Friends Day on Saturday, April 23, and click HERE for the text of William & Mary's President, W. Taylor Reveley's, presentation.