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This choir includes students in 9th through 12th grade, plus "super seniors" in their first year of college. For more information, check out our Music Ministries page.
Read and hear more on the Wesley Bells website.
Many of you have heard our music, but unless you've been a member or a parent, you may not have heard the stories about our experiences with the choir. In any year we interact with thousands of people—from patrons of our rummage sales to audience members at Christmastime, from hosts during a summer tour to worshipers at CUMC—each has a different perspective on what we do. We also work. Hard. This organization takes many people to keep it running, but you know the saying about 'many hands'. The point of these Notes is to share the stories of people who have been involved with The Wesley Bell Ringers. Parents, hosts, church leaders, Directors, ringers—all have different reasons that speak to why that hard work is worth it, and why it is important. I hope you enjoy getting to know us a little bit better.
—Katie Lay, Director
Being a member of the Wesley Bell Ringers has really helped me grow musically, socially, and spiritually. It has taught me how to be humble, generous and kind. I was in the choir from 1998 to 2004. I remember when we would play at the Tremonton church every Christmas season. How so many people loved the music we made so much that they would cluster around the church on the coldest of winter nights when there were no more seats available in the tiny, beautiful church. The older members would tell the newer kids about how special our performance at the little church was for so many people, how audience members would come up to us after the concert with tears in their eyes because they heard and felt the Spirit working within them, helping them with whatever challenges they were having at the time.
Summer tours were really a highlight for many people. The opportunity to meet and play for so many new and grateful faces was a treat, and staying in the host homes taught us to be neat, and clean up after ourselves, and to try to leave a host's home better than we found it. The fact that a group of teenagers could be so united and well-behaved really impressed the people we met. And we were like a family, most of us are still friends with our co-ringers, even years later. The hard work we put in practicing and doing fund-raising activities to prepare for the summer tours really brought us together.
Thanks to being in the Wesleys, I saw most of the country before I even went to college, and I met more kind, generous, and interesting Christians than many people meet in their whole lives, and it's made me humble to be able to be witness to such hospitality.
I am a better person today because of my experiences with the Wesley Bell Ringers, and I wouldn't trade those memories for the world. I have more patience, more optimism, and I am more well-rounded than I would have been without those precious experiences. I hope one day my son can join, as I know he would love it just as much as I did.
Melissa (Hartline) Lyon