Centenary United Methodist Church
Monday, October 15, 2018
Knowing Christ, Growing in Christ, Showing Christ & Becoming the Difference
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203 E. Grove Avenue
Effingham, IL 62401

Handbell Choir

Director since 2005: Christopher Prince
Since its creation in the late 1970’s, Centenary UMC’s Handbell Choir uses their instruments to bring a unique style of music to regular worship services.  Playing on average once a month, the ringers have all dedicated their time and energy to honor and worship God, and his Son, Jesus Christ.  They want their audience to experience the love of the Lord through their music.
In addition to regular monthly performances during worship, they also perform a Christmas Worship Service where the ringers are responsible for seven song performances as well as hymns.  Additionally, the choir will occasionally travel to other locations for performances and festivals.
Centenary UMC’s Handbell Choir currently uses a 5 octave set of Malmark Handbells and a 3 octave set of Malmark Handchimes.  After a 4 year fundraising campaign, these instruments were purchased in 2015 through the generous contributions of the church’s parishioners.
Handbell music is unique in that there is little musical background required of its performers.  We jokingly say that all you have to be able to do is count.  While there is a little more to it than that, the instrument handles the note.   All the players have to do is know how and when to ring it.  The current ringers all come from a variety of musical backgrounds and some of them had no musical background before they joined.
While there are a limited number of slots in the choir, there is often a rotation of ringers.  We are often looking to fill open slots and we are always looking for substitutes.  If you have an interest in learning more, or possibly becoming a part of this musical group, please contact Chris, the choir director, at 342-2030 or email him here.
The Handbell Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:00pm in Room 27 on the second floor of the church.