Handbell Ringers Wanted!

Have you ever considered playing the handbells? Unlike singing in a chorus, playing in a handbell choir requires only that you be able to hold and swing a bell, have a sense of rhythm and that you have the ability to count repeatedly to 4, 6, sometimes 7, or 8. Also, unlike chorus, playing the handbells requires intense, unwavering focus and can be extremely relaxing for those of us with very busy, multi-tasking minds. Some even say playing handbells is as rehabilitative as meditating, and certainly more fun!

Starting January 20 at 7pm, the UP Ringers is trying out, for 5 weeks, a different kind of rehearsal model. In previous years, the handbells have rehearsed at 9am on Sunday mornings for 45 minutes in order to meet the needs of any of our busy teens who might want to play. We would like to try having an adult handbell choir that meets for longer, and that is less about accommodating a younger age group, and more about challenging and stimulating an older age group!

If you'd like to be a part of this pilot program, you'll need to commit to rehearsals on January 20, 27, February 10 from 7-8:30pm, and February 3 from 2-3:30pm and be available to play in worship on February 17, with rehearsal at 9:45 a.m. During this trial period, we will learn and review handbell playing techniques, and rehearse new music. As things progress, we'll also discuss together the future of the UP Ringers.