Handbells have been a vital part of First Baptist’s music ministry for nearly 25 years. It is a ministry that incorporates kids of all ages (kindergarten to senior adult) ringing praises to God. At FBC, bells are not assigned a “prelude” or “offertory” in worship once a month. Instead, you are likely to hear calls to worship, processional, hymn accompaniments, bells with vocal solo or choir, bells with instruments of all types, and even bells accompanying the reading of scripture.
Ring out the bells of praise,
in clear and pealing notes.
Our music is the gift we bring
to serve the Lord of Hosts.
Ring out, ring out, ring praise, the bells of God.
– Mel Bringle, 2008
Chancel Bells (high school to adult)
The Chancel Bells assist in worship several times a month, and is made up of ringers with various levels of experience. Music reading (for any interested ringer) is not required, though it is helpful. Since FBC has two five octave sets of Schulmerich bells, it is very easy to incorporate newer ringers into the ensemble by doubling parts with a more experienced ringer. The Chancel Bells rehearse Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
Youth Bells (grade 6 – 12)
Many fine ringers have been developed in our youth ensemble and now assist our Chancel Bells and other choirs in our region. We currently have a dynamic group of younger ringers who will ring in worship on a regular basis and travel to summer bell conferences. Rehearsals take place Sunday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
A great hour for our younger kids to learn how to ring and to enjoy singing together. They certainly can make a joyful noise together rehearsing on Sunday afternoons from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.
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