Our “Good Vibrations” Handbell Choir is a diverse bunch of music lovers whose ages have ranged from fourteen to seventy. What they have in common is a love of ringing and a desire to share God’s love through music. They have discovered a special camaraderie born of sharing bells, sheet music, and fellowship. They even find that playing handbells is a great stress reliever!
Although it’s helpful to have had some musical training, no matter how brief or how long ago, music reading skills are not required to join the Handbell Choir. Each ringer’s notes are marked on the music, making it easy to follow.
We’ll be happy to meet one-on-one with anyone who’s interested in joining the choir and would like to try ringing the bells. Beginning ringers are assigned a single bell, and given as much individual instruction, practice, and hand-holding (the non-ringing hand!) as needed.
The Lone Oak UMC Handbell Choir started in 2003 as the result of a generous gift from Devida King in memory of her late husband, Philip. We play several times a year for the congregation and occasionally accompany the chancel choir in their anthems.
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, except during the summer. We look forward to welcoming new ringers at the beginning of each season in January and August. But be forewarned: bell ringing is habit-forming!