Handbell Ministry

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There are opportunities for everyone to ring at First Church! We offer classes to those who have never rung. We have active teams of adults, children and youth. We encourage experienced ringers who are new to our congregation to join us! All of this fulfills our ministry motto, “Hands to Work . . . Hearts to God.”


About Us

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The First Church Handbell Ministry began in the fall of 1986. Since that time, the ministry has grown from one adult 3-octave adult bell choir to a fully graded program boasting multiple groups. There are now three active adult teams, one active adult advanced trio, two active youth ensembles and one active children’s bell group.  Short-term rookie classes are offered as demand dictates. Ringers participate in worship services each year. In addition, the ministry also hosts two benefit concerts annually, “Pops” in the spring and “Ring Noel” in December. These concerts raise thousands of dollars and are always original shows written by a creative team.

Meet our directors

Chris Burton


Director of Handbell Ministry
Phone: 512-255-3336 x122
E-mail: chris@fumc-rr.org


Director of Children’s Handbells
Phone: 512-914-7957
E-mail: shari@fumc-rr.org