St. John's Tower Bellringers Guild
St. John's is blessed to have 14 hand-rung tower bells, collectively known as the Lewis Chime. The tower bells have been ringing out in downtown Tallahassee since 1915. An integral part of worship at St. John's, the tower bells call parishioners to worship, toll for funerals, rejoice after weddings, and provide a joyous sound during events and special occasions downtown.
The St. John's Tower Bellringers Guild, established in 1975, is divided into four teams, with each team responsible for ringing before and after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Sunday services one Sunday per month. New ringers ages 12 and up are always welcome. No prior musical experience is necessary and training is available.
St. John's Tower Bellringers are proud to continue the tradition carried on by Patty Paul and others. If you are interested in learning to play the tower bells and joining the St. John's Tower Bellringers Guild, send an email to RadyRolfes@gmail.com.
Click here to view footage of two tower bells being lifted into the bell tower (no sound).
Click here to view one of the Tower Bellringers in action.
Click here to hear what the tower bells sound like from outside the church.