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Handbells

  • Chancel Bells is a handbell choir open to high school students and adults. Chancel Bells presents musical offerings for worship services several times each semester. Additionally, handbells chime the hour to signify the beginning of the Sunday worship services. Chancel Bells rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. If you are interested in ringing with Chancel Bells, please contact Nickie Murphy, Director, at the church (864-229-5814) or email her, nickie@firstgreenwood.com.

 

  • Emerald Bells

    The Emerald Bells is a community handbell ensemble that was formed in 1991 by a group of handbell ringers who were interested in playing for local schools to educate children about handbells. The idea for a handbell ensemble originated with Judi Churchill, who was a member of the board of the Education Enrichment Foundation of Greenwood County. This organization supported public schools with small grants to teachers for innovative projects in the classroom. One of its Great Idea Grants in 1990 was called “Munchin’ to Music” at Lakeview Elementary School. Each school day for a month, Lakeview students enjoyed a variety of musical performances by local musicians during their lunch time. Mrs. Churchill, who had played handbells for many years with the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Bells, was so taken with the idea of children being exposed to many different kinds of music and musical instruments that she organized the Emerald Bells to play for children in other schools in the community. 

Since 1991, the Emerald Bells has played at many of the elementary schools – both public and private – in Greenwood, McCormick, and Ninety Six, as well as civic organizations, churches, retirement centers, nursing homes, and other venues. Thanks to the generosity of First Presbyterian Church, the Emerald Bells is able to use the church’s handbells when the group rehearses and performs. “Have bells, will travel” is the group’s slogan!

Rehearsals are on Tuesday afternoons during the school year from 2:00 – 3:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church. For more information, please contact Nickie Murphy, Director, at First Presbyterian Church (864-229-5814) or e-mail Nickie, nickie@firstgreenwood.com

  • Joyful Bells

Joyful Bells is a handbell ensemble for children in grades 3-5.  In Joyful Bells, children learn basic music reading skills that serve as a foundation for a lifetime of making music.  Joyful Bells rehearse on Thursdays from 3:00-4:15.  Their time together includes a snack, fellowship, music literacy, handbell ringing and prayer time.  Joyful Bells ring in worship at least once each semester.  The ensemble is directed by Ms. Amy Fennell.