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Reception 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
BBSU Choir Rehearsal6:00 p.m.
Dinner6:30 p.m.
MeetingFollowing Dinner
ProgramFollowing Meeting


Our Guests
Rev. Deborah JacksonPastor
First Baptist Needham
Rev. Lawrence KanterPastor
First Baptist Abington
Mr. John List, Sr.Vice President
Boston Baptist Social Union
Mr. Robert GaffneyDirector
Boston Baptist Social Union

December Meeting

Christmas Program

SongJoy to the World
InvocationRev. Deborah Jackson
Special MusicBBSU Men's Choir
ProgramThe Westwood Ringers
BenedictionRev. Lawrence Kanter

Lend A Helping Hand

Winter in New England can be cold. This is especially true for the homeless men and women Starlight Ministries staff and volunteers minister. This December meeting we are asking members to bring to the meeting a package of new socks or underwear to donate to Starlight Ministries.

The Westwood Ringers

The Westwood ringers home base is the First Baptist Church of Westwood, Massachusetts. The church's handbell program begain in 1965, when a gift of two octaves of handbells was received.The bells were first used by the young people of the church. By 1970, a third octave of bells was added to the set, and the group expanded their repertoire. They are members of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, and have participated in many local and national ringing events. Their first major bell festival was at Jeckyll Island, Georgia, where they performed several solos and participated in ensemble ringing with 1,000 other bell ringers from all over the United States.

In the early 1970's, a fourth octave was added to the handbell set. In these years they travelled to festivals in:

  • Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Bowdoin College (Maine)
  • and Orlando, Florida.

Their travels also included a motor trip through six states, with concerts in Pennsylvania and New York.

They have continued to add handbells to their set, and now ring five octaves of handbells and four octaves of hand chimes.

photo Westwood Baptist Church Ringers

As the makeup of the church has changed, so has the bell choir. Today they are a group of eleven adults, and include several ringers from other local churches. This group has performed many concerts in the Boston area over the years such as

  • nursing homes
  • community centers
  • museums
  • hospitals
  • and other churches.

In the summer of 1999, they traveled “across the pond” for a nine day concert tour in England. Since then their European concerts have taken them to Germany, Austria, and Ireland.

The Westwood Ringers
Marilyn Downes, Director
Judy ButlerJudith Murray
Christine MurrayTerry Whetstone
Ann Neville Jennifer Harrell
Elizabeth Rice Wendy Lewis
Donna Metcalf Vickie DeVoy
Paula Scoble