400 years of ‘a Church of Palmitoe leaves’

News  |  June 2, 2012

HERITAGE MATTERS by Dr. Edward Harris ‘As its 400th anniversary approaches, St. Peter’s Church is in a good state of repair, thanks to the 1950—53 restoration. The exterior reflects early Victorian Gothic taste, but the interior houses an array of 17th and 18th century features. — Bermuda National Trust, Bermuda’s Architectural Heritage: St. George’s, 1998. It has been said in... Read more

“This is something to be enthusiastic about”

News  |  March 19, 2012

St Peter’s Church was honoured with a title befitting its historic status in a royal ceremony yesterday afternoon. Hundreds of people packed into the church to see it officially receive the title, ‘Their Majesties Chappell’, a name dating back to the 1600s and the reign of King William and Queen Mary. The ‘intitulation’, granted by The Queen in her Diamond Jubliee year, marks the ... Read more

Entitlement to an intitulation

News  |  March 17, 2012

On July 11, 1612, Bermuda’s first Governor, Richard Moore, and the island’s first permanent human settlers entered the easternmost harbour of the archipelago on the Plough, some weeks out of England. Moore was not an appointee of the English monarch, but rather of the board of directors of the Virginia Company, a corporation of shareholders of the City of London. Following his mandate... Read more

St Peter’s Church gets royal title

News  |  February 19, 2012

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, has redesignated St Peter’s Church in St George’s as ‘Their Majesties Chappell’, in honour of the church’s 400th anniversary this year. The first of the Anniversary year’s events will take place on Sunday, March 18th, with a ‘Service to Celebrate the Intituling of St Peter’s as ‘Their Majesties Chappell, ... Read more

St Peter’s Church 400th Christmas

News  |  December 24, 2011

Bermuda’s first church, St. Peter’s in St. George’s, began celebrating its 400th Christmas tonight [Dec.24].Starting at 11pm, the Christmas Eve Candelight Service was held at St. Peter’s, believed to be the oldest continuously used Anglican church in the Western hemisphere.The congregation joined in singing Christmas hymns including ‘O Little Town In Bethlehem,” “Away i... Read more

Students Decorate St. Peter’s Tree

News  |  December 8, 2011

On the eve of celebrating its 400th Christmas, some of the youngest Bermudians this week decorated the tree at Bermuda’s historic St. Peter’s Church.Rev. David Raths called the efforts by students from East End Primary and St. George’s Prep “wonderful”, adding the Christmas tree will be blessed this weekend.“We will be blessing the tree at the beginning of our service this Su... Read more

Digging into the history of St. Peter’s Church

News  |  February 10, 2011

A special Bermuda National Trust archeological dig is set to plumb the secrets of Bermuda's oldest churchyard.The Archaeology Committee of the BNT began surveying the historic churchyard at St. Peter's Church, St. George's on Friday and will continue until August 15 thanks to a grant from the Bank of Bermuda Foundation.The aim of the project is to produce an accurate plan of the property showing ... Read more