Note Changes from Previous Years

Celestial Moments
A Candlelit Evening of Handbell Music and Seasonal Readings
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church
Main Street, Bethlehem

During the Christmas Town Festival
Parking at the Fairgrounds with Shuttle bus to the Festival

Join us for this new candlelit event...

Greetings to All,
It is always exciting to introduce a new event in our handbell concert lineup.

Celestial Moments, an evening filled with candlelight, handbell music and seasonal readings, will be held this Friday, December 1, in the sanctuary of Christ Episcopal Church during the opening night of the Christmas Town Festival.  It will take the place of the vespers service formerly offered by First Church (across the street) with music by Chime In! 
Designed as a respite from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and holiday preparations, this collection of spiritually calming music by our favorite composers Cathy Moklebust, Fred Gramann, and others, will be intertwined with inspirational readings from the works of Maya Angelou, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and others.
The combined sounds of handbells, chimes, violin, flute, percussion and our new Silver Melody Bells create an ethereal atmosphere that will help to usher in the spirit of the season for the weary soul.
The music for the evening will follow themes of the season.
  • Ring Out Wild Bells awakens us and prepares us for the evening.
  • A Finnish Advent folk song, Lost in the Night, creates the sense of seeking, waiting, and anxious anticipation of what is to come.
  • The glorious German chorale O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright, brings forth the long-awaited light.
  • Two Welsh lullabies evoke feelings of the calm, quiet relationship of parent and child.
  • A pair of fanciful tunes stir images of children's dreams as Christmas Eve draws near.
  • As the evening begins to draw to a close, the angels appear to bring us hope and to remind us of why we have gathered.
  • And finally, Love and Peace abound.
Celestial Moments is free to all!
Donations will be gratefully accepted to support scholarships for We Sing! Children's Choir of Connecticut, the new community children's choir developed and sponsored by Chime In!

For information about joining We Sing!
Looking for more than bells?
Christmas Bells
& Apple Crisp

Saturday, December 9, 2017
1:00 p.m.
First Church of Bethlehem
and there's more...
Come to our traditional Christmas Handbell Concert on Saturday, December 9 as we once again team up with the First Church of Bethlehem Missions Committee (just like we do for Bells & Berries). There will be Holiday Crafts, Lunch, and, after the concert, homemade Apple Crisp with all the fixings.
  • 10:00 a.m. Craft Fair opens at First Church
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch is available
  • 1:00 p.m. Handbell Concert
  • 2:30 p.m. Apple Crisp ($5.00)

Save the Date

Ring In the New Year!
Dinner & Bells

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Chili Dinner, Dessert, and Concert

Tickets available online or from members of Chime In!
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