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Special Services

 

These are advertised as soon as they are planned or as soon as we are notified about them.  Actual dates and times for the services are posted nearer the time.  Please see News and Events, or call the Parish Office on (441) 297 2459 or Email office@stpeters.bm for more information. 

 

Special Services including Annual Parish Services

 

January

Chapel of Ease

11.00 am

 

Seafarers Service 

On the third Sunday of January, Bermuda’s seafarers gather together at the Chapel of Ease in St David’s to pay their respects to their comrades lost at sea. Following the service, memorial wreaths are taken out by boat and committed to the waters of the sea.   This year, the Bishop of Bermuda, the Rt Rev’d Nicholas Dill, will be joining us.   

 

 

February

St Peter’s

Historic Churchyard

5.30 pm

 

Commemorative Service

for Midshipman Sutherland Dale

Midshipman Dale was one of the last US Naval casualties of the War of 1812-1815, between the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The injured young man was brought to Bermuda but despite receiving the best care the people of St George’s could offer, he died on 22 February, 1815, and a commemorative service is held annually at his grave site in the historic churchyard where he was buried. (Following the service, the Friends of St Peter’s are hosting a reception and dinner.  See News and Events for details.)

 

April

Black Cemetery in

St Peter’s

Historic Churchyard

5.00 pm

 

Commemorative Service

for Pilot James Darrell

Pilot Darrell, one of the first King's Pilots in Bermuda, died 12 April, 1815 and a commemorative service is held annually at his grave site in the black cemetery on the Saturday closest to that date.  Born a slave in 1749, James Darrell was instrumental in helping the Royal Navy find the channel into Murray's anchorage as a result of which he was granted his freedom.  As a free man of colour, he challenged laws that imposed new restrictions on free blacks and slaves, and also petitioned against proposals that would have led to a drop in income for King’s pilots.

 

 

 

 

June

Sunday

Chapel of Ease Dock

St David’s

10.00 am

 

Blessing of the Boats

The observance of this service is influenced by the association of St David’s Island with the fishing and pilot boat occupations and dates back to 1849 when the Chapel of Ease was consecrated.  There were no bridges between Bermuda’s islands so the serving Bishop of the time was rowed to St David’s Island to bless the islanders’ boats and this tradition continues today.

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October

Unfinished Church

 

 

 

Blessing of The Animals

Animals of all faiths and none welcome but must be on a leash or in cage.   Please call the Parish Office on (441) 297 2459 or Email office@stpeters.bm for more information. 

 

 

First Sunday in

November

 

 

All Souls Cemetery Service

In the afternoon of the first Sunday in November a memorial service is held either in St Peter’s or the Chapel of Ease. Those who have died since the previous service are particularly remembered during the service and at the Chapel of Ease their names are added to the Roll of Remembrance.  Any flowers brought to be placed on the graves are blessed at the conclusion of the service.  Please call the Parish Office on (441) 297 2459 or Email office@stpeters.bm for more information. 

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November

St Peter’s

c. 11.00 am after
wreath laying at the

Cenotaph

 

 

Remembrance Sunday

Following the Laying of Wreaths at the Cenotaph in King’s Square, St George’s at 10.30 am, a Remembrance service is held in St Peter’s.  

   

 

 

 

24 December

Christmas Eve

St Peter’s

9.00pm

Traditional Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols

The first Christmas Eve service took place in 1612 when the newly arrived settlers gathered together in the very small makeshift church they had cobbled together with cedar plank and palmetto thatch.   Over 400 years later we celebrate Christmas Eve on the same site with a traditional service of Lessons & Carols in the light of over 70 flickering candles - the candelabra a legacy of life lived before electricity.