Back to Bells and Chimes

The music starts Monday, Sept 11.

0906-back-to-bells-and-chimesThis is the time when families begin to plan for a new school year and start thinking about after-school and weekend activities. Our free handbell and handchime programs are so good for young people. Research shows that music study from an early age supports language and social development, and teaches self-discipline, cooperation and interpersonal skills. In addition, by becoming part of a music community, young people learn to manage everything that comes with public performance: from the care that goes into preparation to the stress of the unexpected to the exhilaration of applause.

Of course, along the way we have fun, laugh and learn — and we would love to have new ringers join us, especially Chimers.

Musical options for beginners to experts

The new season begins Monday, September 11. Here are the details:

  • Chimers are in grades 3 to 6 and Rockin’ Ringers in grades 7 and up. No prior musical experience is needed – we’ll teach you! Both groups meet on Mondays, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Ringers until 7:10). Parents and grandparents can wait and read or chat with one another and then come to the practice rooms at 6:55 p.m. to hear our progress. Siblings are welcome to accompany parents and bring their homework.
  • Brass Ringers are young adults with some musical experience. If you have skills on another instrument and want to give bells a try, please join us Sundays after church, usually from 11:45 a.m. to about 1:00 p.m.
  • Ingram Ringers are a dedicated group of adults with many years’ experience who meet on Monday evenings from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.

To join or just to see what we’re all about, simply come to one of our sessions starting September 11. If you would like more information, please contact the church office.

We couldn’t do it without you…

HandbellsAll this is possible thanks to the support and encouragement from the parents and the work of the volunteers: in particular, Janet Benedict, who will look after the Chimers again this year, and Stephanie Brander, who assists with the Rockin’ Ringers.

Of course none of this happens without God’s help and blessing. I’m looking forward to another year of music with people who mean so much to me.

– Carolyn Martin


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