From Steve Bondy, Directory of Music (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have had a bit of a bee in my bonnet lately, or perhaps we should say a 'bell' in my bonnet! On a bit of a hunch, I brought out the tone-chimes that have laid essentially unused, lo these many years I've been at WPUMC. Certainly the youth had fun playing them, and the choir has really enjoyed playing them as well. Now, I can't help thinking what it would be like if we had set of real hand bells, and a bell choir to ring them. I am very excited by the thought of beautiful bells ringing in our beloved and beautiful sanctuary. There is a vast wealth of beautiful music for these instruments, and I'm completely energized by the idea of bringing them into our church!
There are a couple of things that have to happen to make this a reality - we need people to ring the bells, and we will need to raise a not insignificant amount of money to purchase a set of bells and the related accouterments. Honestly, I am not worried about raising the money if the desire and interest is present in the congregation. I will start this discussion with all of you by asking who is interested in ringing bells with me?! If anyone has thought that it would be nice to sing in the choir, but felt that singing isn't for them, then maybe ringing a bell can work for you! If I get enough takers (10-15 folks) who are interested in working in a bell choir, then I'll take the next step and move into the fund raising phase. If successful, my plan is to run choir every other Wednesday night, and the bell choir on the other Wednesdays. So, anyone who is interested and willing, please send me an email at email@example.com. I'm hopeful that we will get to start a new musical chapter very soon!