Take Your Bells Out of the Closet!

Free Workshops throughout the fall in multiple locations across the US


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.

Workshop Schedule

The locations below are listed alphabetically by State so you can more quickly find options near you.  This list will be updated regularly as more locations are added.  Don’t see a workshop near you?  Contact membership@handbellmusicians.org to request one.

Date Venue Name City State Start Time
9/30/2017 Catalina United Methodist Church Tuscon AZ 9:00 AM
8/26/2017 First Methodist Church of Escondido Escondido CA 10:00 AM
10/28/2017 Ojai United Methodist Church Ojai CA 10:00 AM
10/14/2017 Summit of Peace Lutheran Church Thornton CO 9:00 AM
10/14/2017 St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church Centennial CO 9:00 AM
9/16/2017 St Luke’s Lutheran Church Gales Ferry CT 9:00 AM
10/28/2017 St James Episcopal Church Danbury CT 9:00 AM
9/16/2017 ** CANCELLED ** Pine Shores Presbyterian Church Sarasota FL 9:30 AM
10/7/2017 First United Methodist Church of Lutz Lutz FL 10:00 AM
10/7/2017 Sun City Center United Methodist Church Sun City Center FL 9:00 AM
10/7/2017 ** CANCELLED ** Haverhill Baptist Church  West Palm Beach FL 9:30 AM
10/14/2017 Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church Lehigh Acres FL 9:00 AM
9/30/2017 St. Edward’s Episcopal Church Lawrenceville GA 9:30 AM
10/7/2017 St James United Methodist Church Atlanta GA 10:00 AM
9/30/2017 Personal Residence Mililani HI 8:00 AM
9/16/2017 St. John’s Lutheran Church Des Moines IA 9:00 AM
9/16/2017 Asbury United Methodist Church Webster City IA 9:00 AM
10/21/2017 Trinity United Methodist Church Idaho Falls ID 1:30 PM
9/9/2017 Gary United Methodist Church Wheaton IL 8:30 AM
9/16/2017 15th Avenue Christian Church Rock Island IL 10:00 AM
9/23/2017 United Methodist Church of Libertyville Libertyville IL 9:00 AM
10/7/2017 Northminster Presbyterian Church Peoria IL 1:00 PM
10/14/2017 St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Decatur IN 12:00 PM
9/23/2017 Broadmoor United Methodist Church Shreveport LA 12:00 PM
9/30/2017 St Matthew’s United Methodist Church Acton MA 9:00 AM
10/7/2017 Grace United Methodist Church Gaithersburg MD 9:00 AM
10/14/2017 Mt Airy Presbyterian Church Mt Airy MD 9:00 AM
10/7/2017 Church of St. Mary Alexandria MN 9:00 AM
9/9/2017 Peace Lutheran Church St. Louis MO 9:00 AM
9/30/2017 Chapel in the Pines Chapel Hill NC 9:00 AM
10/28/2017 Seaside United Methodist Church Sunset Beach NC 9:30 AM
9/30/2017 St. Vincent de Paul Church Springbrook NY 9:00 AM
10/1/2017 United Church of Christ of Honeoye Honeoye NY 1:00 PM
9/24/2017 Southminster Presbyterian Church Beaverton OR 1:00 PM
9/30/2017 Ascension Lutheran Church Medford OR 9:30 AM
9/30/2017 Lincoln City Congregational Church Lincoln City OR 9:00 AM
9/23/2017 Camp Hill United Methodist Church Camp Hill PA 9:00 AM
9/23/2017 Newtown United Methodist Church Newtown PA 9:00 AM
10/14/2017 St Paul’s United Methodist Church Allison Park PA 10:00 AM
10/14/2017 St Luke’s Episcopal Church East Greenwich RI 9:00 AM
10/7/2017 **RESCHEDULED – NEW DATE** Jeffers Handbell Supply Irmo SC 9:30 AM
10/21/2017 Lutheran Church of Our Savior Greenville SC 9:00 AM
9/16/2017 Calvary United Methodist Church Nashville TN 8:30 AM
9/16/2017 First Baptist Church Alexandria VA 9:00 AM
9/30/2017 Raleigh Court United Methodist Church Roanoke VA 9:00 AM
9/30/2017 Redeemer Classical School Keezletown VA 9:00 AM
9/30/2017 Tibbetts United Methodist Church Seattle WA 9:00 AM
10/21/2017 Blair-Taylor Schools Blair WI 8:00 AM
10/7/2017 St. Francis de Sales Church Morgantown WV 9:00 AM

Please note, due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, all Florida event locations are being assessed to confirm workshops scheduled there in the coming weeks can be continued.  If cancellation is warranted, the above schedule will be updated accordingly as soon as that decision is made and anyone registered for one of those locations will be contacted with alternatives.

Event Registration

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.

August 26

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September 30

October 1

October 7

October 14

October 21

October 28

For the workshop scheduled in Beaverton, Oregon on September 24, please contact membership@handbellmusicians.org.