**Due to COVID-19, regular bell choir rehearsals are on hold. Smaller 6-person ensembles are meeting on a weekly basis. If you are interested in joining a small ensemble, please contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org.**
The Handbell program is a unique part of the Music Ministry at Auburn United Methodist Church. We have groups for ringers of all ages and open positions are always available. Contact director Pam Schroeder at 334-826-8800 or email@example.com for more information about the Handbell Ministries at Auburn UMC. No prior music knowledge necessary!
Joyful Chimes for 1st-3rd graders
In interactive ways, children are taught rhythms, reading music, listening skills and other related skills. Using hand chimes, children provide special music for worship services throughout the year. We meet every Sunday during the school year from 3:15-3:45pm. Online registration has closed. If you are still interested, please email PAMS@AUMC.NET.
Joyful Ringers for 4th-6th graders
This group has been in existence for over 20 years and continue to use handbells to learn new techniques. Children have fun in rehearsals learning how to help lead the congregation worship time and preparing for the annual Bell Festival (Road Trip). We meet Sunday evenings at 3:45 – 4:30pm during the school year. Online registration has closed. If you are still interested, please email PAMS@AUMC.NET.
Genuine Bells for 7th-12th graders
The Genuine Bells is one of our most outstanding handbell groups. They perform for our worship services and many community events. We meet on Sunday afternoons 4:45 – 5:30pm during the school year. Online registration has closed. If you are still interested, please email PAMS@AUMC.NET.
University Ringers for College Students and Adults
Made up of mostly Auburn University students, this group has great talent for making music. The repertoire practiced by this group explores different musical genres for both secular and non-secular ringing. We meet on Thursdays at 6:00 – 6:45pm during the school year.
Village Bells for College Students and Adults
This was the original Auburn UMC Handbell Choir, formed over 25 years ago in cooperation with the Auburn Music Club, made up of members of our church and community. This group performs in many different venues and is ready to carry the Message of Christ to the community. We meet on Tuesdays at 11:15am – 12:00pm.
Bell Ensemble for Adults
The Bell Ensemble started as a small group of 5 players ringing 3 octaves of handbells and has grown to 5 octaves of handbells and 5 octaves of handchimes. This bell group, as well as other parts of the bell program allow people of all ages to use their talents in unique ways to bring joy to many people. This group meets on Monday evenings 5:15 – 6:15pm.