45th Annual Arkansas State Handbell Festival

45th Annual Arkansas State Handbell Festival

You are invited to join us for a special occasion…an occasion to participate in worshiping God in a unique and beautiful way. For many years now, handbells have been a special part of the music ministry of many of our churches. Their unmistakable sound and beauty have added to a variety of worship services and special occasions like Christmas and Easter. For 44 years, the Arkansas Baptist State Convention hosts a workshop and festival for ringers around the state. The 45th Annual Arkansas State Handbell Festival will be even more special in that it will be the last state one hosted by the ABSC.

2019 Location:  Calvary Baptist Church

                            5700 Cantrell Road

                            Little Rock, AR 72207


Our invitation to you is two-fold.  First, if your church has a handbell choir, we would love to have you come and participate in the 45th State Handbell Festival.  You can come prepared to perform your own piece for the event or just take part in the workshop and ring as part of the final mass handbell choir concert of worship.  Our clinician this year is Glen Ennes, who is longtime friend of Arkansas Baptist musicians and former member of the ABSC staff from 1978 to 2002.


Register your handbell choir here! (See Director's Information below for Festival Selections, ordering information, and registration cost.)  


Our second invitation is to come and worship in this unique setting at 12 Noon on Saturday, March 9th. There is nothing like a mass handbell choir of 100+ ringers all ringing the same music. The loveliness of the ringing combined with the power of a mass choir is an overwhelming worship experience. Over the course of the two days, Bro. Glen will lead and prepare our ringers on 5 separate pieces to ring in a mass concert of worship that concludes the event at Noon on Saturday, March 9th.  All are welcome to attend. There is no cost or registration necessary to attend the concert, so put this on your calendar now!

Information for Handbell Directors: 

*Festival Selections can be ordered at  (Enter the code for the selections in the search bar.)  
   Exultation- Matthew Compton-35371
   Gospel Hymn Ring- Tammy Waldrop-46228
   Good Christian Friends, Rejoice- Ron Mallory-S9568
   How Great Thou Art with Majesty- Joel Raney-2829
   Prelude on Holy Manna- Cathy Marker-35364

*Cost of Festival per Ringer: $10 (on or before February 19)/ $120 maximum per choir
                                                  ($20 per ringer/director after February 19)

* Schedule of Festival
Friday, March 8
4:00 pm    Table Set-up Begins
6:00 pm    Registration/ Check-In
7:00 pm    Workshop/ Rehearsals Begin

Saturday, March 9
8:00 am   Doors Open/Refreshments
8:30 am   Workshop/ Rehearsal Resumes
12 Noon   Concert of Worship (invite family and friends!)

For more information, contact Festival Coordinator, Bob Johnson, with the ABSC Church Health Team at 501-410-1586 or email Melissa Overstreet




45th Annual Arkansas State Handbell Festival Brochure

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Printable brochure/flyer for details about 45th Annual Festival