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Every Church Bell in Charleston to Ring in Solidarity

Every Church Bell in Charleston to Ring in Solidarity

Charleston’s historic houses of worship will ring their bells simultaneously starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 21.

As a show of unity and compassion for beloved Mother Emanuel AME, every church bell in Charleston, South Carolina, rang at the same time on Sunday, June 21, 2015. Churches across the nation joined Charleston in solidarity and rang their bells. People stood on sidewalks and rang handbells. These are some videos of the bells ringing in several states. Thank you to all who participated. To see a complete list of churches, keep reading.

More than three centuries ago, Charleston, S.C., was founded on the principle of religious tolerance. As a result, we live, work, and raise our families in a historically strong and welcoming community. We now call upon our collective strength to renew Charleston’s unity and compassion in the wake of the nine shooting deaths at Mother Emanuel AME Church.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in this tragedy. We are grateful for the quick and vigorous response from law enforcement. As we help lift one another other up in the wake of this heartbreaking event, our arms are open to all.

Charleston is often referred to as the “Holy City,” a place where church steeples—not skyscrapers—dot the skyline. This Sunday, our bells will ring loudly and proudly to proclaim our community’s unity.

Charleston’s historic houses of worship will ring their bells simultaneously starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 21.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in the #CharlestonUnited show of solidarity by standing respectfully outside participating churches and ringing personal hand bells if so desired.

We invite churches across the United States and around the world to #ChimeWithCharleston in solidarity! It matters not your denomination, only that you have faith in compassion and unity for all people. Ring your bells on Sunday, June 21! Don’t have a church steeple to rally around? It doesn’t matter! Get a hand bell. Download a chime bell app for your smart phone. Make a joyful noise!

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As of today, Charleston’s participating churches include:

Bethel United Methodist Church57 Pitt Street

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad Street

The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming Street

Charleston Presbyterian Church, 232 Calhoun Street

First Baptist Church, 61 Church Street**

First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street

The French Protestant (Huguenot) Church, 136 Church Street

Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth Street

Holy Trinity Windermere, 95 Folly Road Boulevard

Mt. Zion AME Church, 5 Glebe Street

The Old Bethel Methodist Church, 222 Calhoun Street

Trinity United Methodist Church, 273 Meeting Street**

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5 Clifford Street

St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 405 King Street

St. Michael’s Church, 14 St. Michael’s Alley

St. Philips Church, 142 Church Street

The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 30 Race Street

The Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting Street

The Summerall Chapel, 171 Moultrie Court

**youth and adult hand bell choir in lieu of steeple bells


Other confirmed participating churches include:

Advent Lutheran Church in Augusta, GA

All Saints’ Chapel in Sewanee, TN

All Saints’ Church in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Ashley Ridge Church in Summerville, SC

Ashley River Baptist Church in Charleston, SC

Blessed Sacrament in West of the Ashley, S.C.

Calvary Episcopal Church, Hillcrest in Wilmington, DE

Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Springfield, IL

Central Christian Church in Jonesborough, TN

Central United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC

Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, SC

The Church of the Holy Cross on Sullivan’s Island, S.C.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Charleston, SC

Church Bells of Chiari in Chiari, Italy

Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis, TN

Community Church of Mountain Lakes in Mountain Lakes, NJ

Corpus Christi in Baltimore, Maryland

Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, KY

Daniel Island Fellowship in Daniel Island, S.C.

Decatur First United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA

Doe Run Christian Church in Rocky Mount, VA

Easley First Baptist Church in Easley, SC

Emmanuel Baptist Fellowship in Columbia, SC

Epiphany Lutheran Church in Rock Hill, S.C.

Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, FL

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Blue Grass, VA

Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Greenwood, MS

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, NJ

Fayetteville First – United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, NC

Federated Church in Chagrin Falls, OH

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Rockhill, SC

First Baptist Church in Laurens, SC

First Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA

First Christian Church in Farmville, NC

First Christian Church in Noblesville, IN

First Church of Christ, Scientist in Charleston, SC

First United Methodist Church in Bennettsville , SC

First United Methodist Church in Bulls Gap, TN

First United Methodist Church in Greenwood, MS

First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, PA

First Presbyterian Church in Verona, NJ

First Presbyterian Church in Vernon, IA

First Presbyterian Church in Valdosta, GA

Faith Methodist Church in New Bern, NC

Faith Lutheran Church in Warner Robins, GA

Glad Spring Baptist Church in Glade Spring, VA

Grace Chapel in Rockville, SC

Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, GA

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Blue Grass, VA

Harrison United Methodist Church in Pineville, NC

Haymore Memorial Baptist Church in Mount Airy, NC

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West of the Ashley, S.C.

Hibben United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Holland Avenue Baptist Church in Cayce, SC

Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, GA

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Greenwood, MS

Intercession Episcopal in Stevens Point, WI

Kanapaha Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, FL

Kingdom Life Ministries in Orangeburg, S.C.

Kingdom Life Ministries in Columbia, S.C.

Main Street United Methodist Church in Greenwood, SC

Manning Chapel United Methodist Church in Latta, SC

McDowell Presbyterian Church in McDowell, VA

Monterey Presbyterian Church in Monterey, VA

Monticello Presbyterian Church in Monticello, GA

Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant, SC

Nazareth Presbyterian Church in Moore, SC

New Heart Gathering in West of the Ashley, SC

New Zion Baptist Church in Greenwood, MS

North Anderson Baptist in Anderson, SC

North Charleston United Methodist Church in North Charleston, S.C.

Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA

Old St. Andrew’s Parish in West of the Ashley, SC

Patton United Methodist Church in Franklin, NC

Philadelphia Baptist Church in Tunnel Springs, AL

Presbyterian Church of Chestertown in Chestertown MD

Providence Baptist Church on Daniel Island, SC (hand bell choir)

Rockville Presbyterian Church in Rockville, SC

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Altadena, CA

Sayville United Methodist Church in Sayville, NY

Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Grayslake, Illinois

Stella Maris on Sullivan’s Island, SC

South Congregational Church, UCC in Concord, NH

Springfield Baptist Church in Greenville, SC

St. Andrews Parish United Methodist Church in West Ashley, SC

St. James-Santee Episcopal Church in McClellanville, SC

St. James Episcopal Church in Birmingham, MI

St John’s Episcopal Church in Troy, NY

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown, NY

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Columbia, SC

St. John’s Parish Church on John’s Island, SC

St. Matthias Anglican Church in Katy, TX

St. Mary Help of Christians Parish in Aiken, SC

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Greenville, SC

St. Mary of the Mills Roman Catholic Church in Laurel, MD

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Monroe, NC

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Port Royal, VA

St. Thomas Episcopal in Abingdon, VA

St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Goose Creek, S.C.

Suffolk Christian Church in Suffolk, VA

Sunrise Presbyterian on Sullivan’s Island, S.C.

Trenholm Road United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC

Trinity on the Hill UMC in Augusta, GA

Trinity United Methodist Church in Athens, GA

The United Church of Christ of Annapolis, MD

United Disciples Christian Church in Richardson, TX

Varnville Christian Church in Varnville, SC

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC

Wittenberg Lutheran Church in Batesburg-Leesville, SC

Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church in Hanahan, SC

Young Memorial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Anderson, SC

Zion Lutheran Church in Penn Hills, PA

Zion UCC in Perry Hall, MD

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