Churches St John

The Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands (St. John)

St. Ursula’s Church & Multipurpose Center
Canon Lionel Rymer/Bishop Ambrose Gumbs
PO Box 199 St. John, VI 00831
340-777-6303 Church Office
340-693-8580 Multipirpose Center
340-344-1311 Cell

Service time:
Sunday 9:00am

Churches St John

Cruz Bay Baptist Church

God is just the great power force of love

And He Loves You!

“for God is love”

And the love of God wants you to live much longer, read on!

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love: and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. – I John 4: 16

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. – I John 4:8

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; – Ephesians 1: 4-7

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. – I Thessalonians 4:13-18

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with a child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. – I Thessalonians 5: 1-11

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. – II Corinthians 5: 1-5

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. – I Corinthians 15: 50-54

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. For in my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. – John 14: 1-3

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14: 6

But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; one shall be taken, and the other left. – Matthew 24: 37-41

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. – Revelation 21: 3-8

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. – John 5: 24

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. – Romans 10: 9

And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. – Acts 10: 42-44

And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. – Acts 11: 15-18

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. – I Corinthians 12: 12-14

And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. – Acts 8: 36-38

The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: – I Peter 3: 21

That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: – Ephesians 3: 6

And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. – Acts 22: 16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. – I John 4: 16


Churches St Thomas

Bethal Missionary Baptist Church

The Bethel Missionary Baptist Church was started in 1963 by (13) thirteen people, several of whom are still members of the said Church. Shortly after we got started we relocated to Hospital Ground #330, St. Thomas, V.I.

Bethel was started out of a prevailing need to reach out to the communities of St. Thomas, particularly to the young people who were left without direction in the wake of the then, economic boom that preoccupied many families’ attention, while their children were left unattended. After much prayer we finally began worship services in August of 1963 in the Hospital Ground area where we stayed for the past forty three years (43Yrs).

In 2006 we moved to Smith Bay about five miles, to the eastern part of St. Thomas, where the Lord gave us five acres of land. We are presently worshipping in the ground floor, while we await finances from the Lord to build the main sanctuary.

Bethel’s aim was to build Baptist Churches throughout the Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands where there were no Baptist Churches as we conducted our outreach ministries. We also endeavored to start parochial schools to provide education for many children who were left outside of the educational opportunities of the U.S. Virgin Islands public schools, and also to provide seminary training for Bible students who desired training for ministry.

God has helped us to do the above by allowing us to establish and to help support a total of (33) thirty three Churches ranging from Haiti to Suriname. We have also established a Christian Day School and Bible School on St. Thomas. We also have three weekly radio broadcasts reaching the Caribbean islands with the Gospel.

We have been conducting ministries each week to the long term mental patients, short term mental patients, Nursing Homes, Senior Citizens, and prisons. We also conduct weekly meetings for young people. In addition to all the above, we also conduct street meetings each month in different areas of St. Thomas. We conduct after school programs, Computer Literacy Programs, and provide GED Programs for those who did not finish High School.

We look forward with great anticipation to the further development of our new location where enough parking will be available along with enough space for recreational activities.

We are presently located at #8 Estate Mahaagabet, in the Smith Bay area of St. Thomas. We are worshipping in the first phase of the building, and praying much, that our Sovereign Lord would show us favor by providing us with means to finish the main sanctuary. Unlike our previous location, we now have sufficient parking for all who attend the worship services.

Churches St John

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

From The Pastors Desk


    This feast was introduced Roman Calendar in 1726, in commemoration of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin to St. Simon Stock, the superior general of the Carmelite Order, on July 16, 1251. She promised a special blessing for everyone who wears Scapular. Since then, the Church has solemnly and repeatedly approved this devotion, which began in England. For centuries, Christians have taken advantage of the protection promised by the blessed Virgin. The devout use of the scapular shows our trust in the Blessed Virgin’s motherly concern and ability to help us at the hour of our death.

    In our Church
    Description: The polychrome wood statue(front page) comes from Cologne ( Germany) and is 567 years old. The sculptor is unknown. The statue height is 44 inches (110 cm) and weights 63.4 lbs. It was sculpted in the 2nd half of the 15th century. The style of the sculpture is typical of the time, extremely skillfully worked.

    The Mother of God carries the Boy Jesus on her right arm. She wears the crown denoting her as Queen of Heaven. The child holds the globe playfully in his hand.

    When we look closely, we are impressed by the lovely, gentle, and humble face, seemingly distant yet so near, which makes us passive too.

    Mary’s head is framed by waves of hair that falls loosely over the shoulder of her slim figure. The folds of her splendid gown emphasize the excellence of this masterpiece in significant fashion.

    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel under consideration is well finish and in good condition. She is located in the shrine at the left entrance of the church dedicated under the patronage in the beautiful Islands of St. John