The other song we are singing for Sacrament Meeting is Christmas Bells with the handbells.
Our primary owns the Kidsplay set. See where I purchased mine and find out how I use them HERE.
I’ll have the kids sing the melody with the piano the first time with no bells. Then the second time, I’ll have my bell ringers do the obligato part with the piano (no singing). Then the last time, we’ll do it all together – piano, singing on the melody, bells on the obligato. The Primary President is going to help me out with leading the singing while I lead the bell choir.
What’s great about using the bells on the obligato portion of this song is you can use a regular 8-note bell set. The melody has an F# but the obligato only uses the regular notes! It’s a great fit if your set isn’t complete.
I picked a class to be my bell ringers – the 2nd oldest class in primary. I figure, I need the oldest kids’ voices and those 11-year old boys can be a little out of hand with the bells. The class just younger is perfect.
To use the bells in Sacrament Meeting, I post the following charts:
UPDATE: Find my updated note-chart using the access button at the bottom of this post which includes the words and you can download it to print!
I print each page on a piece of card stock and put it in a plastic cover sheet. Then I tape the sheets over the back of my music stand. Page one tapes to the top of the stand and the top of page two gets taped to the bottom of page one. When it’s time for this song, I’ll raise my stand up higher (I usually sit on the front pew) and using a wooden dowel, point to the notes when they need to be played.
The little black lines on my chart in the lower right hand corners near each note give me my counting. It may make sense to no one but me but that’s just how I do it. One black line represents one count. So if there are 1 1/2 lines, that note gets 1 1/2 counts. If there are 2 lines, that note would get 2 counts, etc. I just have to make sure I come in at the right time!
For singing time this week we’ll just pass the bells around and let everyone get a turn while the non-ringers sing. Next week we are practicing in the chapel and that’s when I’ll work more directly with my little bell choir.
I also have a bell chart for this song that plays the melody. Check that out HERE.
All my printables are free and can be downloaded from my Resource Library. To gain access to my Resource Library, simply click on the below: