Ding-a-lings, Unite!

By October 17, 2019Music & Worship Arts

This past summer, the Fifth Street Bells of FUMCFW was invited to perform at the 2019 Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Gift Market, which occurred last week. Here are some pictures of several of our ringers, who are obviously looking like they had a fantastic time at the event. After they rang (with a little Christmas shopping included), they had dinner and fellowship at Chuy’s Tex-Mex. Thank you to these wonderful ringers and their fantastic leader, Alison Haygood, for “going out to God’s people in Cowtown!”

This past Sunday, October 13, Fifth Street Bells presented a lovely rendition of “O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” during Sanctuary worship. On December 1 (the first Sunday in Advent), we will again have the opportunity to hear Fifth Street Bells as they present an arrangement of “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” in collaboration with Choral Union, piano, and organ. You won’t want to miss it!

Fifth Street Bells is the handbell ensemble at FUMCFW comprised of ringers from high school age through adults.

Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in Room 313 (on the third the floor). These ringers work hard at rehearsals, but they also have a lot of fun in the

process — which no doubt elevates their endorphin levels! Their director, Alison Haygood, is the Head Choral Director at Fossil Ridge High School in Keller. She is plenty busy taking care of all her students at the high school, but she finds the time to direct bells at church and loves working with the ringers every Wednesday evening. Alison says, “We have such a good time making music and laughing during rehearsals — and everyone enjoys playing for worship. Bells are a joyous instrument to play, and we hope the congregation enjoys hearing them.”

While music-reading skills are recommended for bell ringing, they are not required. If you have ever had the desire to learn how to play bells but were uncertain about it, please come and try them out at an exciting and enjoyable handbell workshop being held at the church on Saturday, November 2, from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm.

Ringers of all levels of ability (and non-ringers) are invited and welcome to attend this workshop for fun and educational day as Mr. Frank Shroyer, handbell expert and clinician, helps attendees develop and refine their ringing skills. The workshop costs $15 for each participant, which includes lunch. Contact me (pgraff@myfumc.org) by October 28 to reserve your lunch. Hope to see you on November 2!

Peggy Graff
Organist and Associate Director of Music & Worship Arts

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