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 2014. 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.
 
Because this is a new Bruton outreach program, we have established an opportunity for Friends to be designated as Charter Members by making a  donation of $100 or more.  As an expression of our appreciation for helping us inaugurate this new program, we will be delighted to send a signed copy of Bruton Parish Church: An Architectural History by the distinguished historian, Dr. Carl Lounsbury.  Marking the three-hundredth anniversary of this much beloved 18th century landmark, the author analyzes for the first time the fascinating history of this national shrine and active church building we know today.  Checks should be made payable to Bruton Parish Church, with Friends of Bruton in the memo line, and mailed to Bruton Parish Church.
 
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
 

         

 
 
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One-Day Trip for Kings College Choir Concert
Click here for more information about the one-day trip sponsored by the Friends of Bruton Committee to the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, March 21, at 5pm (RSVP by March 6th)!
 
 
Multiple Congregations & Friends Day - April 25, 2015
 
One of our priests once observed that at Bruton there are four congregations —  the 7:30 a.m., the 9:15 a.m., the 11:15 a.m. and the 5:30 p.m. — seldom do they mix. This is not uncommon in churches with large congre-gations such as Bruton.
    And now we have a fifth — Friends of Bruton: Our Worldwide Congregation. It is made up of the nearly 2,000 members of our local congregation and the more than 1,200 members who live distant from Williamsburg. The three thousand plus members of Our Worldwide Congregation have a common bond —  a bond of fellowship focused on Bruton Parish Church.  
    It is a challenge to attempt to bring the congregations together at any one time. There are, of course, all-parish events such as the annual meeting, the parish picnic and educational programs.  Those members who participate in one or more of the many committees and service missions of the church enjoy the opportunity to get to know and work with other members of our parish family irrespective of which "congregation" they belong to.
    This year, as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of our historic church building, we will have many more opportunities for those who regularly attend a particular Sunday service to mix with fellow parishioners. On Friday, October 24, 2014,  a "full house" at the church enjoyed a "Forum with the Bishop of London" whose visit essentially marked the kickoff of the tercentenary celebration. The Thursday evening "300th Educational Series" continues to bring guest speakers with great expertise and historical perspective to enlighten us on matters of Bruton's history and mission.
    The Friends of Bruton Committee invites everyone in Bruton's multiple congregations to join together on Saturday, April 25, for Friends Day at Bruton. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a very special Architectural Tour of the Church to be led by Dr. Carl Lounsbury, author of Bruton Parish Church, An Architectural History. The luncheon will feature a presentation by the eminent historian, David Holmes, author of The Faiths of Our Founding Fathers and A Brief History of the Episcopal Church. In the afternoon there will be a private guided tour of the Bruton Collection at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The day's events will conclude at the church with the Annual John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Concert. Arrangements for preferred seating may be made. Reservations are required for each of the events and may be made by clicking here (Word Document), or here (for PDF) printing the form and mailing it along with your check to the Parish Office.