Hi, everyone! Chris Fortin here. Hope you’re all enjoying the summer. I’m writing to make you aware of music opportunities at BRPC for youth in grades 6 – 12 starting this fall. Here’s a quick look:


Students have rung handbells in various ensembles over the years, but this fall our Youth Bell Choir will rehearse weekly and ring in worship once a month. Registration is required and is first come, first serve. No prior ringing experience is needed. There are 11 positions open at this time. To register, contact me directly at cfortin@brpc.org or call/text my cell at 973-207-0712. The info is below.

FALL SEMESTER (Registration opens Aug 1)

Rehearsals are the following Sundays at 11:15am to 12 noon:
Sept 22, 29
Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov 3, 17, 24
Dec 1, 15, 22

Dates you will ring in church:
Oct 6 (9am call for the 10am Service)
Nov 3 (9am call for the 10am Service)
Dec 22 (9am call for the 10am Service)
Dec 24 (6:30pm call for the 7:35pm Christmas Eve Service)


This fall we are expanding our adult choir to include students grades 9 – 12. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7pm beginning Sept 12. We have a lot of fun preparing music for Sunday morning worship and other services during the year. Official registration is not required, but I would like to meet with you prior to attending rehearsals. Parents, if you’d also like to sing the invitation is open to you, too!


Many of you play an instrument at school or maybe in a band with your friends. Why not consider playing at church? I’m always looking for additional instruments to include in worship on Saturdays and Sundays. It makes a huge difference in our experience together to see and hear you play, and I think you’ll find the congregation to be very supportive.


You don’t have to be in the choir to sing in church. Maybe you’ve been in a musical, or you’ve found a style of singing you’re really good at. If you like singing solos or with a small group of friends, let me know! We want to hear your voice! Consider singing Saturdays at 5pm and/or Sundays at 10am.


This intergenerational group meets year-round and only rehearses on Sunday mornings right before worship begins. You’ll ring the hymns during the service and possibly a prelude. Some experience necessary, but official registration is not required. The fall dates the Bell Ensemble will play are Sept 8 & 15, Oct 13, Dec 1 at the 10am Service, and Dec 24 at the Christmas Eve 10pm Service.


Life is busy for adults, too! As much as our Knox and Alpha Bell Choirs love to ring, sometimes they can’t make it to rehearsals or are unable to ring in worship. So I’m always in need of extra ringers to sub in these two groups that rehearse Tuesday evenings. If you already have some ringing & sight reading experience and want a fun opportunity, contact me and I’ll put you on our sub list. This goes for adults as well!

Whew! I think that about covers it. Thanks for reading all of this, everyone. My goal here is to give young people as many chances to participate in the musical life of BRPC as possible. Your presence in the church matters a great deal, so please reach out and I’ll definitely find a place for you to use your gifts. Looking forward to hearing from you! 🙂

Many thanks,

Chris Fortin
Director of Music Ministries