Saturday, 12 December 2009

Get ready to ring church bells across the world tomorrow!

There's still time to get ready to ring your church bells 350 times tomorrow. If you've not got bells then use some drums or maybe get a trumpet player to play a 350 note fanfare, be creative to protect creation. Make sure everyone can hear. Friends in Geneva are planning to ring hand bells outside their church tomorrow - get to the Lutheran Church on the place Bourg le Four.
The bells of Copenhagen's Cathedral of our Lady will ring 350 times at the end of the ecumenical service there tomorrow afternoon. Across the whole world churches have signed up, and many, many more will be taking part who haven't signed up. At the moment the Netherlands has the largest number of churches registered but Switzerland is doing well with over 540 churches registered. France has only four registrations and Brazil is not doing much better, the UK is also looking a bit quiet according to the lists so if you do ring bells or do something remember to tell us about it afterwards too please!
And remember action for climate justice doesn't stop with Copenhagen it starts so keep getting creative and use the resources.
One of my favourites is the song "Bells of the World" composed by Torsten Borbye Nielsen for 13 December 2009 - honouring a Danish tradition to compose particular songs for special events. The song, which has 7 verses with 50 notes each, can be sung by congregations or played by church bells, for those who have a carillon able to play tunes. With the alternative lyrics "First was God's Word", it can also be used in other climate-related services.

1 Comment:

janetlees said...

See my blog for a jolly little song for those who only have little bells for tomorrow.