In April, when Bishop of the Virgin Islands, The Rt. Rev. E. Ambrose Gumbs, spoke as a guest at Alabama's Diocesan Convention, one congregation made him a promise to visit and assist in repairing one of the churches which had been badly damaged. In May that promise was kept as The Rev. Robin Hinkle and a team of 15 people from St. Mary's in Jasper, Alabama, descended on the island of Virgin Gorda to repair the beautiful little church of St. Mary the Virgin. They worked through sun and rain and, in just six days, restored the building inside and out, including replacing the roof, and repaired the parish hall where services have been kept for the past year and a half. The people of St. Mary's, Virgin Gorda, say they bare deeply grateful to the "awesome and amazing team" that did so much in so little time.
There will be a blessing of the church at the start of Sunday’s service and a date is to be set for a service of rededication. St. Mary’s is working on creating a wish list as it seeks to replace some of the items that were destroyed by the two category 5 hurricanes.