English Handbell Ministry at St. Matthew’s
The English Handbell Ministry at St. Matthew’s, directed by Susan Lee, began in 1997 with a group of interested ringers playing on borrowed handchimes during our fundraising efforts. Our 3-octave set of Schulmerich handbells arrived in August 1998, and over the years we have increased to 5 octaves of handbells and 5½ octaves of handchimes.
There are several ensembles at St. Matthew’s:
- Bells of St. Matthew’s (BoSM)
- Spirit Ringers
- Small Ensemble
- Select Ensemble
Rehearsal and Ringing Schedule
|Ringtones||Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.|
|Bells of St. Matthew’s (BoSM)||Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m.|
Bells of St. Matthew’s is an adult group of thirteen ringers who ring levels two, three, and four music and ring at least once a month for morning worship. We have openings for interested ringers who have had some experience with reading music and ringing handbells/handchimes.
Spirit Ringers is our young ringers ensemble.
Ringtones (formerly Handbells for Fun) is a small group that meets for fun, to ring different ringing placements, and to learn or perfect new techniques. This group rings two octaves of bells of L2 or L3 difficulty. This group meets Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 PM, and ring about once a month for the early service.
Interested but don’t see something that fits your schedule? If you want to learn more about these groups, especially with an interest in learning to ring handbells or in joining one of these ensembles, please send an email to Susan Lee, Director of Handbell Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can work together to find an opportunity for you to ring.
*Handbell Musicians of America was formerly known as the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers.