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

In 2018 we celebrated 50 years of handbells at Pine Shores Presbyterian.

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: This choir is for anyone interested in ringing handbells. Experience is not required. The choir meets on Sundays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Ringing and music-reading skills are taught as this choir grows together.

• Youth Ringers: Young adults in grades 6 to 12 rehearse Sunday at 5 p.m. before Pine Shores Youth activities.

• 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.

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.