Upcoming Area 2 Back to Bells Events

Saturday, February 23, 2019
9am – 2pm Lunch Provided
St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church
700 Pleasure Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
On street parking
To register contact Jeff Clouser at jclouser@palmyracob.org and include name, contact info and how many will attend.  The Registration deadline is Saturday, February 16 and is limited to 30 people.

Saturday March 23, 2019
9am – 12pm
Trinity United Methodist Church
2100 Whitehaven Rd
Grand Island, NY 14072
To register contact Janice Peters, Host and Clinician  bellsrfun@verizon.net

Back to Bells is a free workshop 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.