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Music Ministry

    Ringing Handbells

    Ringing handbells is a unique experience and many ringing fanatics (and I do mean "fanatics") are almost always addicted to it! Ringing handbells is a real team sport---- each person rings one or a few bells that fit into the total musical soundscape-- bell ringing requires from each person a team spirit and an awareness of not only one's own part, but how one's part fits into the whole. 

    Membership in a bell choir also requires, yes REQUIRES, faithful attendance--- it is very obvious when a member is absent, because the music is very obviously incomplete and it is hard for a bell choir to practice when members are absent. Our Chancel Bell members are required to enlist a qualified substitute to take their place whenever they must be absent from a rehearsal or worship service. We cannot just let required bells be silent-- the music is incomplete in that case. 

    Ringing bells doesn’t require music reading, but it does require counting, and each bell rehearsal includes guided practice in that skill. It is possible to learn to read music--- it is not an inborn thing, so don't despair. It takes work, but it can be done. (Some of our bell choirs have specific minimum music-reading requirements.) 

    So, for an incomparable experience, explore the possibility of Ringing Handbells. 

    Our Bells: 
    5 octaves of Schulmerich English Handbells 
    3 octaves of Malmark handchimes 

    Chancel Bells 
    Rehearsals, Tuesdays, 6:00 pm
    Meets in Education Building, Room B205