The Christ Church hand bell choir was started by Bernita Bell 40 years ago. Several current ringers are charter members of the ensemble. In the beginning, the group rang with just 3 octaves of bells. Since then we have expanded to 4 octaves of Schulmerich bells and hand chimes. We have a healthy roster of 17 ringers, including some able-bodied subs who fill in when the snow birds and travelers are out of town.
On August 20, we will be holding our 11th annual "Handbell Camp". If anyone has a strong music background in piano, choir, band or orchestra, and is interested in checking us out, please contact me.
What an exciting season the bell choir has ahead in 2017-2018! First of all, we have a new name to appropriately identify the group - Christ Church Sanctuary Bells.
We will continue to appear at the 9:30 services on a monthly basis, usually in the second half of the month. This year we are going to be mixing some songs from past years with several new tunes.
(Author: Jim Bawden)