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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

Then, at the conclusion of each workshop, you will have the opportunity to become a member of Handbell Musicians of America, opening the door to a wealth of benefits and resources to help you grow and sustain your program.

For more information and other Back to Bells locations, click here.

September 10, 2016
Gary UMC
224 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
8:30am-1:00pm
Contact Ben HafnerIllinois chair, for more information.

September 17, 2016
St Francis De Sales
135 S Buesching Rd
Lake Zurich, IL
8:30am-1:00pm
Contact Ben HafnerIllinois chair, for more information.

September 17, 2016
St John’s Lutheran Church
Des Moines IA
with Beth Ann Edwards
9:00am – 1:00pm
Contact Lori Fenton, Iowa chair, for more information.

September 17, 2016
St Paul Lutheran Church
1005 Beach St
Webster City, IA 50595
with Patrick Gagnon
9:00am – 1:00pm
Contact Patrick Gagnon, 641-858-7616 for more information.

September 17, 2016
Missouri Baptist University
One College Park Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63141
with Cathy Benton
9:00am – 1:00pm
Contact Cathy Benton, Missouri chair, for more information.

September 17, 2016
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
9100 Mission Road
Prairie Village, KS 66206
9:00am – 1:00pm
Contact Pat Latshaw for more information.

September 24, 2016
Evangel Temple
2020 E Battlefield Rd
Springfield, MO 65804
with Kathy Harrison
9:00am – 1:00pm
Contact Cathy Benton, Missouri chair, for more information.

October 8, 2016
Raytown Christian Church
6108 Blue Ridge Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64133
with Suanne Comfort
9:00am – 1:00pm
Contact Cathy Benton, Missouri chair, for more information.

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