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Handbells in Worship

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 9:30 AND 11 AM

At Second Church, we are so fortunate to have Rebecca (Becky) Holt direct our handbell ensemble. Her leadership over the past eight years has positively transformed the ensemble from disparate ringers to a small community of faith that not only rings with a standard of excellence, but care deeply for one other.  We sat down with her to talk about our upcoming joint worship leadership with St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Wesleyan Ringers on April 28. (Becky also directs this handbell ensemble.)

What is going to happen on April 28?
Our handbell ensemble will join with St. Luke’s Wesleyan Ringers and ring all musical elements of the service, prelude, anthem, postlude, and so on. 

Why do you think that these sorts of collaborations are important?
They encourage musical community. Since we are all ringing for the glory of God, it makes the mass/group ringing a more powerful testament to the unity we have in Jesus Christ. The ensembles will find that they have the same struggles to perfect the difficult passages in the repertoire, but will also discover new techniques and ways of doing things.

These collaborations also encourage hospitality—Second’s handbell ensemble opens their arms and invites the Wesleyan Ringers to our space during the weekend of April 28th. The next week, the Wesleyan Ringers do the same when our handbell ensemble goes to St. Luke’s the first week of May.