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Elkton Presbyterian Church

The church has an excellent music program,

including Adult Choir,

a Praise Band and a Handbell Choir.

Hand Bells practice Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

The Adult Choir practices on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

Adult Choir & Hand Bells Director

Susan Cebrat

History of Handbells have been traced as far back as the 5th Century B.C. in China. The oldest existing bells with handles found in China dated from 1600 B.C, although bells of various kinds and shapes have been found all over the world. Hand bells as they are known in the USA are descendants from the tower bells in England. Around the 16th Century, the art of tower bell ringing was becoming established in England. A set of five to twelve bells was rung in a numerical sequence as opposed to a melodic pattern. This was called “change ringing”. Eventually, this type of bell ringing became an art in itself. As the art became more sophisticated in the 18th Century, the larger sets of hand bells, which resemble those of today, were cast. 

    Elkton Presbyterian Church
    209 E. Main Street | Elkton, MD 21921 | PH: 410-398-4636