Back to Bells

back to bells


Handbell Musicians of America is offering FREE workshops across the country to help you get your handbells out of the closet and restart your handbell program – or start a brand new program.  A handbell program in your church offers numerous benefits for your congregation.

  • A handbell choir adds a unique and glorious musical element to worship
  • Handbells provide a great opportunity for inter-generational activity
  • A handbell program creates opportunities for lay members to contribute to worship and participate with the worship team
  • Handbells are accessible to all levels of musicians – even those with no prior musical experience
  • Handbells can be used effectively in both contemporary and traditional worship
  • A handbell program provides a fun way to work together and share fellowship
  • Handbells provide additional opportunies for teaching the elements of music in a church environment
  • A handbell program can be a traveling music ministry to other congregations and venues, also providing the opportunity to practice evangelism without words
  • Handbells can easily be combined with other music ministries at your church – handbells with choir, other instruments, or with youth to provide a unique way to present favorite bible stories and lessons during worship

Not sure how to get started?  Don’t think you have the tools to make your program successful? Then our Back to Bells workshops are perfect for you!

What’s Included?

Each four-hour workshop will include instructions on the following topics:

  • Basic Ringing Techniques (and how to teach them)
  • Recruiting Ringers for Your Program
  • Basic Handbell Maintenance
  • Basic Rehearsal Techniques
  • Repertoire Selection
  • Ringing with Less than a Full Choir
  • Creative Use of Bells in Worship

Fall 2017 Schedule

September 16 9:00 a.m. Seaside UMC, Sunset Beach, NC
September 30 9:00 a.m. Chapel in the Pines, Chapel Hill, NC
September 30 9:00 a.m. Redeemer Classical School, Keezletown, VA
September 30 9:00 a.m. Raleigh Court UMC, Roanoke, VA
October 7 9:00 a.m. Grace UMC, Gaithersburg, MD
October 14 9:00 a.m. Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, Mt. Airy, MD
October 28 9:30 a.m. Seaside UMC, Sunset Beach, NC