Introducing the Trinity Ringers

Bells have, for centuries, served as a regal and recognizable focal point within Christendom. From the steeple bells of the grandest cathedrals to the liturgical bells utilized in communion feasts, bells have traditionally brought congregations together with their clarion call to joy and praise, to warning and solemnity.

A vital part of most church music programs, handbells provide opportunities to involve congregants who may not feel they have a voice suitable for participation in a choir ministry. Handbell ensembles engage congregants from a broad range of ages, helping them to learn music skills in a unique and engaging way.

Trinity recently welcomed Jim and Cathy Parrish to our congregation and our choir. In a moment of providence on Providence, soon after they arrived, I learned of a set of handbells for sale from a sister church in Charlotte. The music fund established at Trinity was utilized to purchase the bells at a lower cost than purchasing them new. Being aware of Jim and Cathy’s vast experience in music education and handbell ministry, Jim agreed to be the director of Trinity’s first handbell ensemble. And the Trinity Ringers was born! May future generations of Trinity congregants be blessed by the participation of the bell ensemble in our worship services.