Church bells to ring over neighborhood this week

The bells of Church of the Good Shepherd will ring out over Summerville for hours at a time this week as a group of English bell ringers demonstrate the art of changeringing.

Eight people at a time will work to ring the church bells in a series of precise sequences. The group is touring bell towers at churches across the South, and will stop the Augusta church on Wednesday, Thursday, and the following Monday.

“This is a uniquely English style of bell ringing,” said the Rev. Robert Fain, rector of the Episcopal church located at 2230 Walton Way. “It’s about ringing the bells in mathematical sequences, not melodies.”

The group will attempt four “peals” while in Augusta.

“For one full peal, the bells have to change places more than 5,000 times,” Fain said. “It really takes a sharp mind to keep up.”

Each peal takes approximately three hours to complete. Listen for the bells from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 Thursday, and 12:30 to 3:30 Monday, Dec. 12. Learn more at goodshepherd-augusta.org.

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