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Why do I ring handbells? Our unwritten mission statement is “To glorify God and to enhance our worship.” I asked your Bell Rock Ringers to write out their personal answers as to why they ring. I wanted to share some of those answers with you:

…because I was asked, but that is the truth. I don’t think I would have joined SUMC’s ringers had someone not invited me, saying I was needed. However, once I was in the ranks and had become part of the ringing fellowship, other reasons for why I ring became true:
…. because I became part of a greater whole, musically and socially
…. because I was having fun
…. because doing my part made the piece complete
…. because together we made something beautiful, we created art.

I love being a “RINGER” because bells are so expressive of joy and celebration. When we get it right the sound is incomparable. It is a great experience to be part of an ensemble.

To understand how the notes and phrases come together. To be part of a group of bell ringers that gives uplifting music to our church members.

…Even though I stopped playing in bands, I still have a desire to make music. In retirement, playing bells has given me the chance to make music.

…There is a satisfaction when all the bells come together successfully to make beautiful music that people enjoy. It makes me happy.

I prayed and God said to glorify Him. I was encouraged by Jane Shuman as more people were needed.

I love music. I wanted to learn a new way to provide music for worship. It’s fun and challenging.

…This was the first opportunity to learn bells. Besides making beautiful music, it’s the people here that allow me to stay. If it’s not enjoyable why do it?

I ring handbells because it is FUN! F=Friendly environment, all are welcome. U=Unnecessary to have any (prior) musi-cal training. N=Noteworthy leadership – Bob Martin is a wealth of knowledge of all things handbells.

Thank you ringers. You have come a long way and I am so proud and blessed to be your director.

Now that you have read this far, I ask you to prayerfully consider coming to our handbell workshops and see if you would also enjoy ringing. The workshops are designed to see if you enjoy handbells and makes no commitment on your part to join the Bell Rock Ringers. All are welcome. No prior music experience needed. Just come and do your best. Classes are scheduled for Tuesday, August 20th and Thursday, August 22nd. Each workshop will be 90 minutes long, starting at 10:00 am. This year you must register in advance by calling (248 462-9093) or emailing Bob Martin (nitrambob@aol.com). Let’s make a joyful noise!

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