|At CUMC in SLC on day one|
Two weeks ago The Wesley Bell Ringers left on their tour of the Southwest. They were excited, nervous, & questioning their ability to put in the work day after day to perform & live with each other on a bus for 15 days.
Though two weeks seems like such a small amount of time in one's life, for this group the past two weeks of time left an impact that will last throughout their entire lives. During this tour, The Wesley Bell ringers played for friends, family, Wesley Bell Ringer Alumni, host families, new friends, hand bell enthusiasts, hand bell choirs, future hand bell choirs, & for many they may never see again, but for each this choir demonstrated their ability to make music & work as a team. As a chaperone, night after night we would hear comments about how great the performance was & it was always appreciated; however, it was the comments about how happy this group was & how evident it was that they loved what they are doing. All parents back at home, you should be proud. We know that we are!
Thank you to everyone around the WORLD who followed The Wesley Bell Ringers on this blog & through social media. The Wesley Bell ringers LOVE what they do & love even more that they can share this and all tour adventures with you.
And THANK YOU to everyone who has supported The Wesley Bell Ringers this year - every pancake breakfast you came to, every rummage sale you participated in, all of the wrapping paper you purchased, the Valentine dance & dinner you supported, the love offerings at home & tour/holiday concerts, and every single hour you put in attending concerts, driving ringers to venues,
& helping with fundraising events resulted in this amazing two week experience. The Wesley Bell Ringers would not be what it is today - 54 years later - without YOU!
|Vikingsholm, Lake Tahoe|
|Bakersfield Bocce Ball|
|The Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona|
|Carlsbad Caverns Nation Park - New Mexico|
|SUP Abilene Texas|
|Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo Texas|
|Santa Fe, New Mexico|
Final words from Katie:
Another year in the books!
To some people, our organization may seem old and stale. 54 years of the same routine? Another summer tour? Well yes, consistency is one of our strengths. However, every year is as unique as the individual members that make up our choir. We may run the same fundraisers, practice on the same nights, and make the same jokes on a two-week tour, but the group of people involved year to year is never the same. The highs and lows, the strengths and weaknesses, the belly laughs and the tears are always comfortably familiar, but the hearts involved are new every year.
We perform the same program for 14 nights, yet never repeat a song. What we see, hear, and say affects the notes we ring each night. This tour has taught us a lot about how the choices we make each day can change not only who we are in that moment, but who we can become in the future.
Ed writes a devotional for each day while we’re on tour. This year, he wrote a book of parables. A parable is a story told to illustrate a moral or philosophical idea. With Ed’s parables, there is no right or wrong answer. Rather, the goal is to inspire each of us to consider the question, and interpret the meaning for ourselves. We held a few discussions about the meaning of the parables, and how they apply to our lives as Wesley Bell Ringers, and in our everyday lives. This choir is filled with thoughtful, talented ringers, and I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve accomplished together.
Our traditions are storied, and our history long, but each choir is fresh, new and serves to further our longstanding goals. I was particularly struck by the incredible mosaic that our ringers, directors, and chaperones created this year. Here’s to many more!