First Presbyterian Church Bell Choirs

Welcome to the First Presbyterian Church Bell Choirs Page! The Chapel Bell Ringers is a choir designed for grades 5 through 8. They rehearse Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Middleton Parlor (down the long hall on the left). This is a training group that rings three octaves of bells. The Lindsey Bell Ringers (named after our pastor emeritus, Dr. Albert J. Lindsey), is composed of grades 9 and up. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Middleton Parlor. This group rings 5+ octaves of bells at an advanced level. No prior music knowledge is needed to join a bell choir (it helps, of course). We will train you to read your notes. Our bell choirs use a double set of bells so each new member is partnered with an experienced ringer. Rehearsals are planned with fun in mind and our ringers enjoy the rehearsals and ministry to our church and outside groups. For more information please contact the Bell Choir Director Daniel Heath at danielheath7980@msn.com or Sonja West at sonja@nutley.org.

Chapel Bell Ringers 2019-2020 Schedule

  • The Chapel Bell Ringers (5th- 8th grade) meet from 7-8 pm on Wednesday nights in Middleton Parlor (Room 109 on the church map).
  • The first practice for the 2019-2020 school year is on September 18.

Lindsey Bell Ringers 2019-2020 Schedule

  • The Lindsey Bell Ringers (9th grade and up) meet from 5:30-6:30 pm on Wednesday nights in Middleton Parlor (Room 109 on the church map).
  • The first practice for the 2019-2020 school year is on September 18.

News and Updates

  • Bell Retreat: This year it is from October 4 – 6 at Camp McCullough. This retreat is for both Chapel and Lindsey Bell Choir members. We will meet at the church on Friday evening to pack all the bell equipment to take to camp. Contact Daniel Heath for more information.

Upcoming Bell Performances:

  • Stay tuned for more information.

Blog Posts

Watch the Lindsey Handbell 50th Anniversary Celebration

Last Sunday (May 19), 570 people filled FPC’s historic sanctuary to hear 37 handbell ringers celebrate the 50th anniversary of our beloved Lindsey Bell Choir along with brass, Chancel Choir, pipe organ and piano. Thanks to FPC member Chip Van Gilder, you can watch the three featured handbell presentations, including the official premiere of a new arrangement of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” by nationally recognized composer and arranger Joel Raney, which received a standing ovation. Enjoy!
 

 

 

 



Handbell Celebration THIS Sunday!

You are invited to a celebration of the 50th anniversary of FPC’s youth handbell program THIS Sunday at 10:30 am during worship. A special anniversary bell choir featuring ringers past and present will lead worship supplemented by brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir in a special service you won’t want to miss. The handbell ringers will perform three specially commissioned pieces, “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and the official premiere of a dramatic new setting of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” written by nationally acclaimed composer and arranger Joel Raney, featuring handbells, brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir. For a taste of what to expect, watch the performance of “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” by our Lindsey Bell Choir.
 



50th Anniversary Handbell Celebration: Sunday, May 19

You are invited to a joyous celebration of handbells and worship this Sunday, May 19 as First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Tacoma celebrates the 50th anniversary of its handbell program, founded by Bob Gorham. A special anniversary bell choir featuring ringers past and present will lead worship supplemented by brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir in a special service you won’t want to miss. The handbell ringers will perform three specially commissioned pieces, “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and the official premiere of a dramatic new setting of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” written by nationally acclaimed composer and arranger Joel Raney, featuring handbells, brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir. This new piece was commissioned just for this special celebration. Additional new arrangements of hymns will be supplied by FPC’s own Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin. The handbell choir will be directed by Daniel Heath and director emeritus Bob Gorham. You won’t want to miss this exciting service, starting at 10:30 am! For a taste of what to expect, watch last year’s performance of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” by our Lindsey Bell Choir.
 



Christmas Eve Service Tonight–Join Us for Carols and Candles

You are invited to join us TONIGHT for our annual Christmas Eve candle-lighting service at First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma. Experience the true meaning of Christmas through Bible readings and carols accompanied by choir, handbells, praise band, soloists, instrumentalists, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. Plus experience our cathedral-like sanctuary lit up by hundreds of candles. A Tacoma-area tradition! The service starts at 7:00 pm. But come early…. the Sanctuary fills up fast!