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Why Handbells?

Handbell Musicians of America is offering FREE workshops across the country to help you get your handbells out of the closet and restart your handbell program – or start a brand new program.  A handbell program in your church offers numerous benefits for your congregation.

  • A handbell choir adds a unique and glorious musical element to worship
  • Handbells provide a great opportunity for inter-generational activity
  • A handbell program creates opportunities for lay members to contribute to worship and participate with the worship team
  • Handbells are accessible to all levels of musicians – even those with no prior musical experience
  • Handbells can be used effectively in both contemporary and traditional worship
  • A handbell program provides a fun way to work together and share fellowship
  • Handbells provide additional opportunities for teaching the elements of music in a church environment
  • A handbell program can be a traveling music ministry to other congregations and venues, also providing the opportunity to practice evangelism without words
  • Handbells can easily be combined with other music ministries at your church – handbells with choir, other instruments, or with youth to provide a unique way to present favorite bible stories and lessons during worship

Not sure how to get started?  Don’t think you have the tools to make your program successful? Then our Back to Bells workshops are perfect for you!

What’s Included?

Each four-hour workshop will include instructions on the following topics:

  • Basic Ringing Techniques (and how to teach them)
  • Recruiting Ringers for Your Program
  • Basic Handbell Maintenance
  • Basic Rehearsal Techniques
  • Repertoire Selection
  • Ringing with Less than a Full Choir
  • Creative Use of Bells in Worship

Then, at the conclusion of each workshop, you will have the opportunity to become a member of Handbell Musicians of America, opening the door to a wealth of benefits and resources to help you grow and sustain your program.

When & Where?

Choose from one of the options below (sorted by State).  Don’t see one in your area?  Send an email to membership@handbellmusicians.org and we’ll work on adding an option closer to you.  Be sure to check back through the summer as more sessions are added to the list.

Date Venue Name City State Start Time
8/20/2016 First United Methodist Church Conway AR 1:00 PM
10/1/2016 Catalina United Methodist Church Tucson AZ 9:00 AM
10/22/2016 Sun Lakes United Methodist Church Sun Lakes AZ 9:00 AM
9/10/2016 Hope Lutheran Church Temecula CA 9:00 AM
10/1/2016 Los Altos United Methodist Church Long Beach CA 9:00 AM
10/1/2016 Aptos United Methodist Church Aptos CA 9:00 AM
10/1/2016 Wellshire Presbyterian Church Denver CO 9:00 AM
10/1/2016 Ebenezer United Methodist Church Newark DE 8:30 AM
9/10/2016 Sun City Center United Methodist Church Sun City Center FL 9:00 AM
9/10/2016 Lutheran Church of the Resurrection* Cocoa Beach FL 9:00 AM
9/10/2016 Christ Episcopal Church* Pensacola FL 9:00 AM
10/8/2016 First Baptist Church Tallahassee Tallahasse FL 9:00 AM
9/17/2016 First Baptist Church on the Square LaGrange GA 9:00 AM
9/10/2016 Private Home Mililani HI 8:30 AM
9/17/2016 St. John’s Lutheran Church Des Moines IA 9:00 AM
9/17/2016 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Webster City IA 9:00 AM
9/17/2016 Southminster Presbyterian Church Boise ID 9:00 AM
9/10/2016 Gary United Methodist Church Wheaton IL 9:00 AM
9/17/2016 St. Francis De Sales Lake Zurich IL 9:00 AM
9/17/2016 Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Prairie Village KS 9:00 AM
9/24/2016 Bay View Retirement Community Fall River MA 9:00 AM
10/1/2016 First Congregational Church Brimfield MA 10:00 AM
9/10/2016 Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church Mt Airy MD 9:00 AM
10/15/2016 First Presbyterian Church Escanaba MI 9:00 AM
9/24/2016 Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Plymouth MN 9:00 AM
9/24/2016 First United Methodist Church Duluth MN 12:00 PM
9/17/2016 Missouri Baptist University Saint Louis MO 9:00 AM
9/24/2016 Evangel Temple Springfield MO 9:00 AM
10/8/2016 Raytown Christian Church Kansas City MO 9:00 AM
9/17/2016 First Presbyterian Church Bozeman MT 10:00 AM
9/10/2016 Weddington United Methodist Church Matthews NC 10:00 AM
9/13/2016 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bismarck ND 5:00 PM
9/17/2016 Vincent United Methodist Church Minot ND 10:00 AM
10/1/2016 St. John Lutheran Church Fargo ND 9:00 AM
9/24/2016 Trinity United Methodist Church Hackettstown NJ 9:00 AM
9/10/2016 South Reno United Methodist Church Reno NV 9:00 AM
9/24/2016 Private Home Las Vegas NV 10:00 AM
9/17/2016 First English Lutheran Church Lockport NY 1:00 PM
9/17/2016 St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Poughkeepsie NY 1:00 PM
10/22/2016 Sackets Harbor Presbyterian Church Sackets Harbor NY 1:00 PM
9/24/2016 Epiphany United Methodist Church Loveland OH 9:00 AM
9/17/2016 Southminster Presbyterian Church Beaverton OR 9:00 AM
9/24/2016 Ascension Lutheran Church Medford OR 9:00 AM
9/24/2016 First United Methodist Church Eugene Eugene OR 9:00 AM
9/17/2016 Westminster Presbyterian Church Lancaster PA 9:30 AM
9/24/2016 Emmaus Road Lutheran Church Levittown PA 9:00 AM
9/17/2016 St. Luke’s Episcopal Church East Greenwich RI 9:30 AM
9/10/2016 Jeffers Handbell Supply Irmo SC 9:00 AM
9/10/2016 Calvary United Methodist Church Nashville TN 9:00 AM
9/17/2016 Cordova Presbyterian Church Cordova TN 9:00 AM
9/24/2016 Trinity Lutheran Church Houston TX 9:00 AM
10/1/2016 Emmanuel Presbyterian Church Bedford TX 9:00 AM
9/17/2016 St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church Annandale VA 10:00 AM
9/17/2016 Stafford Handbell Society Fredericksburg VA 9:00 AM
9/24/2016 Hilton Presbyterian Church Newport News VA 10:00 AM
9/24/2016 Raleigh Court United Methodist Church Roanoke VA 10:00 AM
9/10/2016 Redeemer Classical School Keezletown VA 10:00 AM
9/17/2016 First Baptist Church Alexandria Alexandria VA 10:00 AM
9/17/2016 Cross of Christ Lutheran Church Bellevue WA 8:30 AM
9/24/2016 Tibbetts United Methodist Seattle WA 9:00 AM
10/1/2016 Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Appleton WI 8:30 AM
9/17/2016 Wayside United Methodist Church Vienna WV 9:00 AM

*Note: These workshops will continue into the afternoon after a break when attendees can get lunch on their own.

How to Register

Online registration is now open. Please register for one of the following dates and choose the appropriate location session.

Membership in Handbell Musicians of America is not required to participate, however, you will be asked to log in to an existing account or create a new account before registering.  The link to create a new account is toward the bottom of the login page. An account in our system is not a membership, we simply need this information to track your event registration.

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