St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Handbell Choirs

Handbell ringers, both beginners and those with experience, make a unique musical and liturgical contribution at St. Columba’s. Ringers learn to take responsibility for their own individual notes and to function within a closely knit team. As part of bell rehearsals, music reading and ringing techniques are taught. We have four bell groups, depending on your level of skill and desired commitment.

St. Aidan Ringers

This group, for adults at any level, is the only handbell choir at St. Columba’s that rehearses during the day, on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. It plays just a few times a year. With an emphasis on fellowship and the joy of making music, the choir has a broad and interesting repertoire.

St. Columba Festival Ringers

A collaboration of all the bell groups, this advanced choir is for those with experience in ringing bells. It rehearses at special times to prepare for festival services at Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Easter and Columba Day.

Genesis Ringers

A handbell choir for children and youth. Genesis Ringers has two subgroups: one practices on Wednesdays (8-8:30 pm) and the other on Sundays (11-11:45 am), both in the Bell Rm.

Summer Ringers

No handbell experience or commitment required. Show up at 10 am in the Bell Rm on any summer Sunday and learn something simple for the 10:30 am service.

For those interested in getting started in handbells, an introductory course entitled, "Ringing in Prayer" will be offered in September 2015. Click here for more information.

Contact: Anne Timpane

Photo: Wayne C. Fowler

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