Learn music, learn a unique instrument
As we begin a new school year, families are choosing what to be involved with after school. Research reminds us why our free handbell program is so good for young people. Studying music from an early age supports language and social development, and teaches self-discipline, cooperation, and interpersonal skills. Participants learn music skills – reading music, playing an instrument, and understanding aspects such as rhythm and melody. In addition, by being part of a music ensemble, participants learn how to work together to stage a live performance, manage public appearances, and control stage anxiety.
Of course we also have time to socialize, make friends, and have fun. We also like to welcome new ringers and make them feel at home. Here are the handbell groups active at St. John’s:
The Rockin’ Ringers are from grade 7 up, and meet on Mondays from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m., starting on September 10, 2018. We welcome new members – no musical experience needed – we’ll teach you starting with the basics.
The Brass Ringers are experienced young adults who meet on Sundays after regular services, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., starting on September 9, 2018. If you can play another instrument, you are welcome to come out and give bells a try.
The Ingram Ringers are a dedicated group of adults with many years of experience. We meet on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., starting on September 10, 2018.
If you would like to become part of the handbell program at St. John’s, please contact Carolyn Martin at email@example.com or contact the church office.We look forward to welcoming both existing and new members back to bells this fall!