Handbells and Chimes
The Handbell Choirs offer opportunities for musicians of all levels — beginners to experts — to "make a joyful noise” with either bells or chimes during the worship service. Beginning with the Chime Choir for children in Grades 1 through 5 and progressing to the Shrewsbury Ringers, our highest level handbell choir, members build on their musical experience and technique as they enjoy the camaraderie and friendship of a small ensemble. The handbell choirs perform at various times throughout the year during services, and may participate in other activities, such as occasional “Pops” concerts and community events. The five-octave set of Schulmerich handbells were a gift to the church from the late Mrs. Helen Stolnacke in memory of her husband Carl and their sons, Robert and Alan. If you are interested in ringing in one of these bell or chime choirs, please contact Curtis Smith, Director of Music at email@example.com
Shrewsbury Ringers was the first handbell choir at the church and has become our highest level handbell choir, performing not only for worship but for community events as well.
Rehearsal: Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30 pm
The Parish Pealers is a second 3-octave choir of experienced and intermediate level ringers, and was established in 2003. This choir has also performed in worship and at various events in the community.
Rehearsal: Wednesday evenings 7:30-8:30 pm
Chime Choir (also called the “Chimers”) is a musical experience for children in grades 1 through 5. Children learn basic techniques of rhythm and music reading. They play at several church services throughout the year. Chime Choir prepares these young musicians for future participation in the Handbell Choir. New members are welcome to join throughout the year.
Rehearsal: Friday afternoons - time depending on town school dismissal time