Crown of Thorns, Crown of Glory performed by UCC Faith Ringers
Our Handbell Choir, The Faith Ringers, consists of 11-15 people ranging in age and musical ability. The choir rings 10-12 times during worship throughout the year, as well as ringing for other local churches, various community events and attending area workshops/festivals when available. We rehearse on Monday nights from 7:00 until 9:00 in the Sanctuary. No prior musical experience is necessary to ring handbells, but a good sense of rhythm, and the desire to have fun are essential. New ringers are always welcome!
The Union Congregational Church purchased their handbells through fundraising efforts in 2007. We have 3 1/2 octaves of Schulmerick Handbells; a 2 octave set of Melody Chimes, plus an additional 7 chimes to fill in our lower bass. We also borrow/rent some bells from other choirs to extend our range to 4 octaves when needed. We would very much like to purchase this extension set to complete our range of bells.
Handbells are percussion instruments that originated in England in the 17th century. They were originally used in religious ceremonies, but presently their use extends to secular groups as well. Handbells are a simple instrument with a complex playing style, ranging from ringing one bell, to up to four bells played in one hand. Handbells are constructed from bronze and other metals. Unlike a school bell, the clapper can only move back and forth. English handbells are crafted using traditional materials, such as a leather clapper and handle, whereas American handbells are crafted using modern materials, such as plastic handles. Handbells can weigh as little as seven ounces and as much as 19 lbs.