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Joy Ringers

The Joy Ringers is a handbell group comprised of talented ringers from Southern California, directed by E. Martene Craig.

They delight audiences with a repertoire of spirituals, hymns, gospel songs, folk, and show tunes.

They showcase special ringing techniques including the use of mallets and handchimes. Often other instruments and vocals join with the bells as a special feature.

The Joy Ringers is not your average handbell group.

If you are interested in joining with the ARISE Joy Ringers, we would love to speak with you. See our contact information below.

For bookings or auditions, contact:

ARISE - Arts in Service
E. Martene Craig
Post Office Box 8210, La Verne, CA 91750
Phone/Fax 909-593-0466
Message: 909-596-8166
Web Site:

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It was 1990 and ARISE was in full swing but without a set of handbells. A dear friend and former bell ringer was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease. She loved the bells! Susie was celebrating her 50th and probably her last birthday.

Around this time, a pastor of a local church informed Martene Craig that their church had three octaves of bells which were not being used, and because they needed the storage space, if ARISE could use the bells, she should “Come and get them!” Once the bells were cleaned and polished, Martene brought together many of Susie’s handbell friends of twenty years ago to surprise and celebrate the life of their ailing friend by playing a handbell concert for her. Not long after that they also played for her memorial service — and ARISE Joy Ringers was born.

The three-octave handbell set has expanded to a five octave set as a result of donations by individuals. A four octave handchime set has also been donated to be used by the group.

The Joy Ringers rehearse regularly at a local church. They are open to others who are interested in joining as substitutes or regular ringers.

Martene Craig is a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR) and the local handbell directors’ group. She is internationally renowned for her leadership and motivational workshops and seminars; and is available as a clinician/consultant in all areas of the arts.


The ARISE Joy Ringers are made up of individuals interested in ministering through the use of handbell music. The purpose of the group is to build up and encourage the believers (in-reaching), to reach souls for Jesus Christ (out-reaching), and to praise and worship the Lord (up-reaching).

Audition/Interview Info

ARISE Joy Ringers welcomes individuals who are interested in the opportunity to play handbells.Auditions/interviews can be scheduled by calling or emailing. Reading music is a prerequisite. Previous experience is desired but not necessary.

Booking Info

The group is available for presentations in the local and surrounding areas. Free-will offerings or honorariums are accepted. Call or email for information.


ARISE is a nonprofit organization. You can have a part in this ministry through your donations, prayer support, or gift toward the expansion of the bells and handchimes. Please contact Martene Craig for more information.

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