Handbell News

Happy New Year!

So it’s a new year of ringing and all of our handbell teams are about to start a new semester of ringing ministry. Here are the spring semester start-up dates for all of our groups. All will rehearse in the same locations as the fall.

  • Wednesday, 1/10 (5-6pm): Revelation Ringers Tins and Revelation Ringers Bronze
  • Wednesday, 1/10 (7-8:45pm): Jubilation
  • Thursday, 1/11 (7-9pm): Council Oak Bells
  • Tuesday, 1/16 (8:45-9:45am): Ring of Joy
  • Monday, 1/22 (4-5pm): Kids of the Kingdom Bells

It Was a Magical Evening!

The very popular annual Ring Noel benefit presented by the Handbell Ministry of First United Methodist Church Round Rock  took place in the church sanctuary at 7 pm the evening of Saturday, December 2. This was the first time this concert has taken place on a Saturday and the place was packed!

Ring Noel is a fabulous show which combines spoken word with the sounds of handbells, voice, keyboard, strings and wind instruments. This year’s concert featured Mary, mother of Jesus, as she told of the anticipation and birth of her son Jesus. Her story was laced with the beautiful sounds of the season.  Audience members brought lots and lots  of canned goods as this event is always a benefit for the Round Rock Area Serving Center. A free-will offering of $4051.40 was alsoo taken for this very worthwhile agency.

Click HERE to see photos of Ring Noel 2017. Click HERE to view several videos from that evening!


Council Oak Bell Team Shines in Dallas Showcase

The Council Oak Bells team continues its dedication to performance this season. This group performed a showcase concert on Saturday, September 9 at Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas. This concert was in response to an invitation from the Greater Dallas Handbell Association. The performance was part of the GDHA’s Fall Seminar, attended annually by many ringers and directors from the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area. In addition, both Shari Sloane and Carla David taught classes at this event.

We are so proud of the Council Oak Bells. This is the first time a church handbell choir has been invited to perform at the GDHA Fall Seminar. The concert went great. The team enjoyed a standing ovation and performed an encore!  First Church Crossroads musician Brian Batch joined Council Oak Bells for this performance.