If you are in downtown Morgan Hill during the daytime, you may hear the sound of bells coming from our bell tower. The bell that you can see near the top of the bell tower was purchased in 1895, two years after the founding of the church. It is tolled at the beginning of the worship services, and to mark special events such as weddings and parades. However, the tunes that you hear are from our carillon.
This carillon system features computer-controlled playing of digitally-recorded carillon bells, through an amplifier and speakers that are in the bell tower. We have a library of about 200 songs, of which a selection is played during the week. Specially-themed music may be selected for events like weddings and holidays.
Our carillon system is made by Lakewood Audio-Video, and was installed on February 3, 2022. It replaced an analog (tape-based) system that was installed decades earlier and was no longer operational.
Daily: Westminster Chimes (on the hour), 9am-8pm
Weekly (2-week rotation):
|Monday||Crown Him With Many Crowns||Let Us Break Bread Together|
|Tuesday||Panis Angelicus||God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again|
|Wednesday||His Eye Is On The Sparrow||God Will Take Care of You|
|Thursday||I Am Thine, O Lord||How Great Thou Art|
|Friday||In The Garden||Jesus Is All The World To Me|
|Saturday||Amazing Grace||Tell Me The Old, Old Story||Danny Boy|
|Sunday||Precious Lord, Take My Hand||The Church’s One Foundation||The Prayer|
|Monday||The Old Rugged Cross||What A Friend We Have In Jesus|
|Tuesday||Jesus, Lover Of My Soul||Jesus Calls Us|
|Wednesday||Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee||Just As I Am|
|Thursday||My Faith Looks Up To Thee||Love Divine, All Loves Excelling|
|Friday||Nearer, My God, To Thee||O God, Our Help In Ages Past|
|Saturday||Spirit Of God||I Love To Tell The Story||Wind Beneath My Wings|
|Sunday||Sweet Hour Of Prayer||Let There Be Peace On Earth||Ave Maria|
The carillon was dedicated March 17, 2022, with representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, local business and faith communities, and church community in attendance. Bill Tindall described how we acquired the system, and Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook explained its significance.