What was the role of religion in Colonial Virginia?

Prior to the Revolution, the Anglican Church was the “established” religion in Virginia. Since 1624, white Virginians were required by law to attend and support the Church of England. Though there were dissenting Protestant denominations by 1775, like the Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians, the established church was supported by taxes. At this time, there were very few Catholics or Jews in the colony. A small farm family would most likely have worshiped in the local Anglican Church. Sunday services would provide a social outlet for the farm family as well.