Churches

As I’ve got around the island recently, I’ve admired some of the gorgeous churches and noticed how many there are! Just about everywhere you turn, there’s a church. And like Bermuda’s homes, its churches are pretty too – blues, pinks, greens, whites, yellows, you name it. Some of the churches date back to Bermuda’s settlement days in the early 1600s so churches definitely form a rich part of Bermuda’s history and that of Bermudians themselves.

There really does seem like a very large number of operating churches for the tiny population of around 65,000, so I thought I’d look into this some more and find out if Bermudians really do go to church (as the existence of so many churches might indicate).

So apparently Bermuda has have one of the highest number of churches per capita.. I wasn’t just imagining it. Many locals (and visitors) still attend Sunday services at one of over 100 places of worship on the island. Since I’ve paid more attention to the churches over the past few weeks, I have really noticed how many people flock to Sunday service. Bermuda’s shops don’t usually open until around lunchtime on Sunday, giving locals an opportunity to attend a service, should they wish. It is also a tradition for many Bermudians to get married in a church.

I thought I’d share some of my favourite churches that I’ve seen so far…

St Anne’s is a gorgeous little church in Church Bay Southampton overlooking the south shore. It’s surrounded by leaning grave stones and perched on the corner of Church Road and South Road. The white contrast against the blue ocean is simply stunning.  The church that stands here today is not the original. In fact construction of the original church began in 1616 (built out of Bermuda Cedar) and was completed in 1626. Hurricanes in the early 1700s destroyed St Anne’s (and many other churches built out of wood). A stone church was constructed on the site and completed in 1719. This has since undergone several restorations.

One can’t go past St Peter’s Church in St George’s old town – the oldest Anglican church outside the British Isles and the oldest Protestant church in continuous use in the New World.  St Peter’s dates back to Bermuda’s earliest settlement in the early 1600s. Now over 400 years later, it remains a cultural and historic place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St George’s. St Peter’s is a popular spot for tourist visiting St George’s – and for a small donation you can step inside the church and soak in history or wander the graveyards.
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St Peter’s Church
Christ Church, the church of Scotland in Bermuda, located in the Warwick parish is one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in western hemisphere, dating back to 1719. All three of these churches, and many of Bermuda’s churches are on the site of a graveyard. Interestingly in Bermuda, graves are typically above ground, even though bodies are 6 feet under. St. Mary’s Anglican Church also in Warwick also has its own graveyard. Its cemetery even has one Commonwealth burial from World War 1 and one from World War 2.

So you could say Bermuda’s churches are extremely interesting and full of history and I can’t wait to explore more.

Kiwi in Bermuda

 

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2 thoughts on “Churches

  1. Very interesting.I remember we went by scooter to a service at a small Baptist church and the,people were very welcoming..Then down came the rain and we ended up sheltering on the church porch and eating our picnic lunch there as the rain did not let up.We had those plastic ponchos on and looked and felt pretty stupid!

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  2. It would be interesting to go to a church service, just to hear the singing. I wonder if it would be gospel music? Worth a try?

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