Take Your Bells Out of the Closet!

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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?

Workshop formats vary and 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.

Upcoming Back to Bells Events

Area 2
May 18, 2019, starting 9:00 am, includes lunch, no charge.
Grove Presbyterian Church
376 Bloom St.; Danville, PA 17821
Clinician: Risë Kagan-Erickson
If interested, contact Joy Christian, 570.847.8659  cell


Area 2
June 1, 2019

Lutheran Church of God’s Love; Newtown, PA
791 Newtown Yardley Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
Clinician: Sarah Hazel
If interested, contact Sarah Hazel, shazel2@outlook.com