Shared Joy BRingers

Community Handbell Choir

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Who we are

Out of a dream to be part of a world-wide Prayer for Peace to commemorate the first anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings (Littleton, CO, 1999), the Shared Joy BRingers Community Handbell Choir evolved in the Portland, Oregon area.

Beginning with six committed people, borrowed bells and mentorship, we watched as miracles unfolded before our eyes, showing us that we were surely on a path to a ministry of peace.

On Easter Day, 2000, we did indeed ring "Make Me An Instrument of Thy Peace," written to honor those killed and as a plea for peace. That selection became our signature piece.  Currently, we need to add three more ringers to play our signature song in three octaves.  Please consider joining us if you have any interest in playing music. For more information, contact our director, Christine Weber-Kearney, at 503-408-1329.

Our commitment to doing our part in bringing our world into a harmonious community draws us to many events which promote peace both locally and globally.  Over the past eighteen years, Shared Joy BRingers has grown as a presence, striving to ring true to its members' promise to echo divine love and build community.

We believe that each person is called to do her or his part to make a difference in the world, and we gather together to do that.  We endeavor to keep this as our focus as we build our skills as a bell choir.

Our mission:

The mission of  Shared Joy BRingers is to echo divine love, enabling people to connect with themselves and one another, thus doing our part in bringing our world into a harmonious community. We will do this through church services, workshops and other ministry to which we are led.

 

 
 

Get involved

We need ringers!

 

The choir generally rings level 2+ music, but ringers are welcome even without musical experience.  Our rehearsals take place at St. Luke the Physician Episcopal Church, Gresham, on Wednesdays from 6:50 to 8:30 pm.  

Requirements include commitment and a sense of humor.  

Please read our blog for comments about our choir from two of our long-time ringers, Jim Hart and Ted Takamura.

Shared Joy BRingers is a 501C3 Nonprofit Organization.

 

Contact: 

Christine Weber-Kearney, director 

503-408-1329

Photos

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At St John's Episcopal

At St John's Episcopal

A bell workshop with members of St John's - March 11, 2018

At St John's Episcopal

At St John's Episcopal

A bell workshop with members of St John's - March 11, 2018

At Fairlawn, January 2018

At Fairlawn, January 2018

Our director, Christine, teaching residents to play along with chimes.

Group participation at Fairlawn

Group participation at Fairlawn

Singing along

At Fairlawn

At Fairlawn

...and playing along

At Fairlawn

At Fairlawn

...playing along with chimes.

At Fairlawn

At Fairlawn

The view from the bell tables.

Performing

Performing

at St. Luke the Physician Episcopal Church in Gresham

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

At St. Luke's

At St. Luke's

At St. Luke's

At St. Luke's

At St. Luke's

At St. Luke's

Rehearsal at St. John's

Rehearsal at St. John's

Checking the notes...

Checking the notes...

Preparing for a ministry

Preparing for a ministry

at St John's Episcopal in Milwaukie

A dress rehearsal

A dress rehearsal

 
 

Residents at Fairlawn playing chimes and singing along to "Silent Night"

Ministries/Performances
Upcoming ministries:

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

10:30 am  --- postponed 

We'll be back when life gets back to normal - stay safe.

Covenant Presbyterian Church

18630 SE Division Street,
Gresham, OR 97030
https://www.covpresbypdx.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Previous ministries:

Sunday, January 5, 2020,

3:00 pm

Fairlawn Good Samaritan Village

3457 NE Division St, Gresham, OR 97030

Community Center 

Sunday, October 20,  2019

10:00 AM

 

St Luke the Physician Episcopal Church

120 SW Towle Ave, Gresham, OR 97080

http://saintlukesgresham.org/

Sunday, June 2,  2019

10:00 AM

 

St Luke the Physician Episcopal Church

120 SW Towle Ave, Gresham, OR 97080

http://saintlukesgresham.org/

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 10 am

Worship Service

St John Episcopal Church

2036 SE Jefferson St, 

Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

Saturday February 23, 2019, 2 pm

Pacific Gardens Care Center

17309 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97230

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 1:30 pm

Fairlawn Good Samaritan Village

3457 NE Division St, Gresham, OR 97030

Community Center 

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 10:30 am

Covenant Presbyterian Church

18630 SE Division Street,
Gresham, OR 97030
https://www.covpresbypdx.org/

 

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 10:00 am

St Luke the Physician Episcopal Church

120 SW Towle Ave, Gresham, OR 97080

http://saintlukesgresham.org/

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 10:30 am

Eastrose Unitarian Church

1133 NE 181st Ave, Portland, OR 97230

https://www.eastrose.org/

Sunday, June 11, 2018, 10:00 am

St Luke the Physician Episcopal Church

120 SW Towle Ave, Gresham, OR 97080

http://saintlukesgresham.org/

 

 

Sunday March 4, 2018, 10:00 am

St John Episcopal Church

Milwaukie, Oregon

Sunday January 7, 2018, 3:00 pm

Fairlawn Good Samaritan Village

Community Center 

 

Saturday December 2, 2017, 7pm

"Christmas in the City"

Portland First Baptist Church

SW 12th and Taylor

Click here for more info

Sunday, November 6, 2017, 10 am

St Luke the Physician Episcopal Church

120 SW Towle Ave, Gresham, OR 97080

http://saintlukesgresham.org/

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 10 am

St Luke the Physician Episcopal Church

120 SW Towle Ave, Gresham, OR 97080

http://saintlukesgresham.org/

Sunday June 4, 2017, 10 am

St Luke the Physician Episcopal Church

120 SW Towle Ave, Gresham, OR 97080

http://saintlukesgresham.org/

Saturday May 13, 2017, 1 pm

Fairlawn Good Samaritan Village

1280 NE Kane Dr, Gresham, OR 97030

https://www.good-sam.com/locations/fairlawn-village

Sunday March 5, 2017,    10 am

St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church

2036 SE Jefferson Street • Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

503-653-5880

http://www.stjohnsmilwaukie.org/

Saturday February 11, 2017, 2 pm

​Pacific Gardens Care Center

17309 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97230

 
At Fairlawn

...and playing along