Bermuda is often cited as the place that has more churches per square mile than anywhere else in the world, something that will soon become apparent as you spot innumerable places of worship around the parishes—from Anglican spires and Roman Catholic grandeur to African Methodist Episcopal congregations and simple gospel halls. Some churches stand on the site of 17th-century origins; others are modernist creations of the new millennium. Baptists, Seventh-Day Adventists, Christian Scientists, Lutherans, Ethiopian Orthodox, Jews, Evangelicals, even non-denominational churches—they are all well represented. The Religion pages in the weekend edition of the Bermuda Sun or the Churches listing in the phone book are proof of the island’s deep religious roots, as well as the substantial power wielded by church lobby groups.
Visiting Bermuda’s churches, either when they’re empty or during services, is a fascinating lesson in local history and social studies. Most churches are open to the public at different times during the week. Check schedules with respective church offices or pastors.
© Rosemary Jones from Moon Bermuda, 2nd Edition