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.

The Rev'd Christopher L. Epperson, Rector

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: Fall 2017, Winter 2017, Spring 2018Future 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.
Become a Cornerstone Circle Member
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.                                                                                             
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.
6th Annual Friends Day
The Friends of Bruton Committee is pleased to announce the program for the Sixth Annual Friends Day at Bruton to be held on Saturday, April 28. All members and friends of Bruton Parish Church are invited.
    The day will begin in the church at 10am with a presentation by Martha Washington as portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg’s Katherine Pittman. Martha Dandridge Custis Washington had a long family relationship with Bruton Parish Church. The first Rector of the parish in 1674, the Rev’d Rowland Jones, was her maternal great grandfather. Two of the four children she bore while married to Daniel Parke Custis died young – Daniel at age three and Frances at age four.  Their grave stones are near the north transept door of the church. In 1757, at age 26, she became a widow. She married George Washington in 1759 and in 1789 became the first First Lady of the United States. Early reservations are suggested for this event.
    The Committee is especially pleased to announce that the The Very Rev’d Andrew McGowan will be the guest speaker during our Annual Luncheon. He is McFaddin Professor of Anglican Studies at Yale Divinity School. He also serves as Dean and President of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Born in Melbourne, Australia, he received his BA from the University of Western Australia in 1983. Following his ordination as an Anglican priest, he undertook doctoral studies in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana where he was awarded a PhD in 1996. His research interests include ancient Christianity, the Eucharist and Anglican theology.  Dean McGowan will address guests following the noon luncheon at the Parish House. Reser-vations are required.
    The afternoon program will offer the opportunity for Friends Day participants to reserve time for a specially-designed guided tour of the new Bruton Heritage Center.  Senior Guides and others exceptionally knowledgeable about the history of Bruton and Anglicanism will provide detailed information about exhibits. Groups will be limited in size, so it will be important for those wishing to take advantage of this opportunity to make an advance reservation.
    For the sixth consecutive year, Friends Day will conclude with the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Concert at the church.
    The only charge for the day’s events is $15 per person for the luncheon. The morning, luncheon and afternoon programs all require advance reservations which may be made by printing and completing the Registration Form and mailing 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 20.

Martha Washington as portrayed by CW's Katherine Pittman
Photo courtesy of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
The Rev'd Andrew McGowan, guest speaker