Handbells have been an integral part of the music ministry at Pine Shores since 1968.

This season marks 50 years of Handbells being a part of the Music Ministry at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church.  Our Handbell Committee: Russ Natherson, Russell Blackmer, Rebecca St. Pierre, Libby Tyner and Christy Blue are researching names and addresses of past ringers and directors, going through scrap books looking for interesting information from the 50 years, and planning our celebration weekend.  If you ever rang, or know someone who ever rang with any of the Pine Shores handbell choirs, please contact anyone on the committee to make sure we have you on the list.  You can email your contact information to us at music@pineshorespres.org .  Mark your calendars for the weekend of April 14/15.  Which is when we will have a celebration weekend including inviting past ringers to come and ring with us.

Our handbell choirs currently include:

• Clara Kaiser Carillon: The Clara Kaiser Carillon Handbell Choir is for experienced ringers. The choir is in its 47th year of ringing and rehearses on Thursdays at 7 p.m. In addition to contributing music to the worship services, the choir also presents concerts in and around Sarasota and attends regional festivals and workshops.

• Bells of Joy: Is our inter-generational handbell choir for youth or adult.  Open to anyone interested in ringing handbells. Experience is not required. The choir meets on Sundays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Ringing and music-reading skills are taught as this choir grows together.

•  Joyful Chimers: Children in grades 3 to 5 learn ChoirChime techniques and re-hearse Wednesday during JOY Company. This choir enriches worship services and also rings at other church-wide events.

All handbell choirs regularly participate in the morning worship services with special music and by adding their sounds to hymns, responses and choral anthems. There’s always a place for new ringers. Simply contact our Director of Music, Rick Holdsworth for information: (941) 922-1597 ext. 104 or email music@pineshorespres.org.

The church’s handbell collection consists of a five-octave set and a second three-octave set of Schulmerich handbells, a four-octave set of Malmark ChoirChimes (C3 through C7), a three-octave set of Malmark ChoirChimes and a three-octave set of Schulmerich MelodyChimes.