Bell Staves at the Children’s Christmas Service

Bell Staves at the Children’s Christmas Service
By Julius Ariail
Posted December 10, 2013

Steve Roberts and his bell staff. Click this image to see more photographs of bell staves at the Children's Christmas Service.

A new bell staff handcrafted by Sandy Sandbach for a parishioner's use during the 2012 Christmas service. Click this image to see more photographs of bell staves at the Children's Christmas Service.

Members and friends of Christ Church have a tradition of bringing bell staves to the children’s Christmas service. The staves are all handcrafted of various designs, are shaken and banged noisily during the Christmas hymns, and are then carefully stored away after Christmas for use next year. Here are photographs of some of the bell staves in use during the Christmas services between 2008 and 2012. If you have a bell staff already, be sure to bring it this Christmas; if you don’t have one yet, there’s time to make one. Start with a long pole, add some bells, and let your imagination take it from there. Bring it to the children’s service and help us add to the Christ Church Bell Staff Photography Collection! The 2013 Children’s service will start at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24. As one of our former senior wardens would say, “Let’s hear the bells!”

A photograph from our Bell Staff Photography Collection. Click this image to see more photographs of bell staves at the Children's Christmas Service.

A photograph from our Bell Staff Photography Collection. Click this image to see more photographs of bell staves at the Children's Christmas Service.

A photograph from our Bell Staff Photography Collection. Click this image to see more photographs of bell staves at the Children's Christmas Service.

A photograph from our Bell Staff Photography Collection. Click this image to see more photographs of bell staves at the Children's Christmas Service.

A photograph from our Bell Staff Photography Collection. Click this image to see more photographs of bell staves at the Children's Christmas Service.