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Handbell Choirs

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. 


Cathedral Ringers
This group is for beginner to experienced handbell ringers, grades 4-6. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm.

Director: Debbie Louis


Chapel Ringers
Open to students in grades 7-12 with little or no previous handbell experience. Youth Singers membership is not required. Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings 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


Celebration Ringers
Open to students in grades 9-12 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 group tours with the Youth Singers each June. Members of the Celebration Ringers are required to go on tour. The Ringers plays monthly in worship. Members are also required to purchase a formal outfit which is worn at all performances. Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Dinner is provided at 5:00 pm each week prior to rehearsal.

Director: Jon Faires


Chancel Ringers
Open to all adults. Prior music reading skills as well as previous handbell ringing experience strongly recommended. This handbell choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 7:00 pm and performs monthly during Worship. Additionally, the Chancel Ringers participate in local/regional handbell festivals. 

Director: Jon Faires


Handbell Choirs Contact:
Ministry of Music & Arts Office
719.884-2504