Handbell Choirs are a tradition at First United Methodist Church. Four choirs are offered to meet the abilities of children, youth and adults. We begin with the fundamentals of ringing and progress to the difficult and challenging techniques unique to hand bells.
This group is for beginner to experienced handbell ringers, grades 4th-6th. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays evenings from 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm, room 7 (Basement).
Director: Carolyn Coker
Open to 7th-12th grade students with little or no previous handbell experience. No membership in Youth Singers required. Rehearsals are on Sunday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. This bell choir plays in worship every 6 weeks. Dinner is provided at 5:00 pm each week prior to rehearsal.
Director: Janice Kinsley
Open to 9th-12th grade students by invitation only. Members are expected to have strong music reading skills. Members of this choir are also required to be in Youth Singers as this handbell choir tours with the Youth Singers each June. Members of this handbell choir are required to go on tour. This handbell choir plays monthly in worship. Members are also required to purchase a formal outfit which is worn at all performances. Rehearsals are on Sunday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Dinner is provided at 5:00 pm each week prior to rehearsal.
Director: Steve Harter
Open to all adults. Prior music reading skills as well as previous handbell ringing experience strongly recommended. This handbell choir rehearses on Thursdays from 6:20 - 7:20 pm, prior to Chancel Choir rehearsal and performs monthly in worship. Additionally, the Chancel Ringers participate in local/regional handbell festivals.
Director: Jonathan Faires