Handbells perform with AUC's Chancel Choir at Carols by Candlelight on YouTube



Faith-A-Peal Handbell ensemble is looking for a  new ringer.

Rehearsals on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:45.

All training will be provided! No experience necessary!    

  Please contact Lisa Kyriakides for more details at  lisa@auroraunitedchurch.ca.

Come join this wonderful group of musicians!  


Come be part of this vibrant music ministry!   

The Handbell Program at AUC began in 2004, under the direction of then AUC Music Director Mark Ruhnke, with the purchase of 3 octaves of Schulmerich English Handbells and the formation of
Faith-A-Peal Handbell Ensemble.  Over the past 9 years the program has grown to include 4 octaves of Schulmerich English Handbells, 3 octaves of Malmark Handchimes, Faith-A-Peal and Bellissimo Handbell Ensembles and  EmBellished, our Handbell Quartet. Since 2010 the Handbell program at AUC has been under the direction of Lisa Kyriakides, a long-time member of Aurora United Church.

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 lisa@auroraunitedchurch.ca or 905-898-5198.