An 80th birthday celebrated in style

News  |  June 29, 2013

The Rev Dr Erskine Simmons got into one of his most magnanimous moods when his 80th birthday began rolling around. So with the support of Michelle, his busy wife — the soon to retire Principal of the Berkeley Institute — they hosted a fabulous 'Help Erskine Celebrate his 80th' party. White Hall, the imposing historic mansion Erskine acquired for his home two decades ago, three-storeys high... Read more

Restoration underway, but church will remain unfinished

News  |  June 7, 2013

Staff from Works and Engineering have in recent weeks been working to restore the Unfinished Church, which suffered “substantial deterioration” due to weathering. Former St George’s Mayor Henry Hayward said: “It got so bad it was actually a danger to visitors and tourists and we had the close to gate so they wouldn’t go in there.” The site was closed to the public in late 2010, ... Read more

St Peter’s Church marks Queen’s Coronation anniversary

News  |  June 1, 2013

Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and Their Majesties Chappell, St Peter’s Church, will be celebrating that event with a special service in lieu of its regular morning services. “We felt that since the Queen gave us the title last year, it would be mean spirited not to do so,” explained Maj Rev David Raths, who serves as the rector.... Read more

Regiment ADCs honoured in thanksgiving service

News  |  May 27, 2013

Around 100 people attended a special ceremony at St Peter’s Church yesterday to mark 40 years of service by Bermuda Regiment officers to governors of Bermuda. Governor George Fergusson thanked all those who had served as aide-de-camp — the military right-hand man to governors — over the past four decades. The first Bermudian ADC, retired Major Alvin Daniels, who took up the post i... Read more

Bishop of London calls St Peter’s founding a ‘significant step’ in the development of Christianity

News  |  November 19, 2012

The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, was on the Island this weekend to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of St Peter’s Church. The church is possibly the oldest continually used Protestant church in the Western hemisphere, and believed to be the oldest surviving Anglican church outside of the British Isles. “It is an extraordinary beginning, because, of cours... Read more

Hundreds of years overdue, but historic moment arrives as Bishop of London visits St George’s church

News  |  November 19, 2012

The Bishop of London Richard Chartres, currently in Bermuda at Queen Elizabeth II’s request, delivered a letter from the Queen to Governor George Fergusson while at St Peter’s Their Majesties Chappell yesterday morning for a special service celebrating his visit. The Bishop told the congregation that his visit was overdue, as Bermuda’s Anglican Church was overseen by the Bishop of London... Read more

Thomas sees silver lining in sailing voyage

News  |  November 14, 2012

The Queen officially bestowed St Peter's Church with the title 'Their Majesties Chappell' earlier this year. The credit for the name change goes to Thomas Sinsteden, a retired Irish physician with a passion for Irish silver. His quiet research led St Peter's renaming in March, and a highly anticipated visit from Bishop of London Rt Rev Richard Chartres this weekend. “I started to colle... Read more

St. Peter’s Church Commemorative Stamp

News  |  October 17, 2012

The Bermuda Post Office’s Philatelic Bureau has released a commemorative stamp series honouring the 400th Anniversary of St. Peter’s Church. This series consists of four stamps that captures a view of the Clock Tower, the massive 12-branched chandelier against the background of a section of the roof, showing white limestone slate supported by lathe and rafters, which offers a glimpse ... Read more

Exhibition explores the changing face of St Peter’s

News  |  July 24, 2012

An exhibition commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the oldest Anglican church outside of the British Isles — St. Peter’s — is to open at Masterworks this month. The show will focus on the various transformations the church has undergone over the years including its recent renaming to “Their Majesties Chapell.” Over the centuries, both locals and visitors have drawn and painte... Read more

St Peter’s hosts Diamond Jubilee Service

News  |  June 4, 2012

 A Service of Thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen was held at St. Peter’s Church in St. George’s, The service was followed by Jubilee Garden Party in the churchyard which featured the debut performance of the Jubilee Fanfare, commissioned of Major D. B. Robinson EM, Director of Music, Bermuda Regiment. Those in attendance included Governor George Fergusson, Deput... Read more