In 2011, the members of Faith-A-Peal, Bellissimo and EmBellished created a mission statement for the Handbell Program. This thoughtful work summarizes what we have always known: Handbells are a vibrant and vital part of life at AUC.
AUC Handbell Program Mission
- to participate in worship services and special events by being part of the rich program of musical offerings at AUC
- to add a dimension to worship that heightens the theme, enriches the spiritual mood, and allows the congregation to relax and rejoice
- to serve God
- to help retain and grow the congregation, help with fund-raising, and to reach out into the community
- to make available a program for which most skills can be learned, making it accessible to anyone
- to share a unique type of music that is not available in most churches
The AUC Handbell Ensembles participate in services on over 15 Sundays a year. They provide music throughout the year, with the busiest times being during Advent and Lent. AUC Handbells can also be heard ringing out in the Aurora community. We have performed at Park Place Manor, Sunrise of Aurora, CHATS, Hollandview Trail, and for the Luminary Lighting Service at the Aurora Relay for Life. Many of our ringers also participate in the Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers biennial 3 day Handbell Conference in May.
Rehearsals run from September to mid-June as follows:
- Faith-A-Peal – Wednesday nights 5:30pm-6:45pm
- Bellissimo – Wednesday nights 7:00pm-8:15pm
We are always looking for new members to join our music ministry. No previous experience is necessary and instruction on Handbell technique will be provided. Knowledge of basic music notation would be beneficial, although it is not required. If interested, please contact Lisa Kyriakides at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-898-5198.