Welcome to Our Worldwide


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.
Fifth Annual Friends Day
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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.
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, Summer 2016,  Fall 2016, Winter 2016, Spring 2017Future 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
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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).
Last Year's 4th Annual Friends Day Video

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.