John Bell

john_bellCatch the Spirit with John Bell

July 10-12, 2015

JOHN BELL was born in, resides in, and belongs to Scotland. He is a liturgical composer who writes co-operatively with colleagues in Glasgow; he has a deep interest in music from non-European cultures and a passion for song of the Assembly. Though his primary vocation is as a preacher and teacher, he spends over half his time working in the areas of music and liturgy, both at conferences and in small parishes, and his work takes him frequently into Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

With his colleagues, he has produced over 15 collections of songs and octavos, and a wide range of liturgical materials, particularly for use by lay people, and he oversaw the production of a substantial hymnal for the Church of Scotland which, in North America, goes by the title Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise. (Canterbury Press). He has also authored a number of collections of sermons and meditations, is an occasional broadcaster on radio and television, and manages to survive without the benefit of a wife, car, cell phone, camera, or ipod.  

John Bell Poster (Click on the link to download a poster of the events and print in letter or ledger size.)



Workshop I
“Spiritual Imagination”
Friday, July 10, 7pm
First United Methodist Church
1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Workshop II*
“God’s People Sing”
Saturday, July 11, 3pm
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
16290 Arnold Drive, Sonoma

*Dinner Option at St. Andrew
(following workshop; before worship)
5:45pm – Reservations Required

Worship Celebration
“In the Spirit of the Day”
Saturday, July 11, 7pm
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Worship Celebration
John Bell, guest speaker
Sunday, July 12, 10am
Presbyterian Church of the Roses
2500 Patio Court, Santa Rosa

About the Workshops

Workshop I:
Spiritual Imagination
Imagination is seen by some as an ambiguous gift, something that is admired in children but suspected in adults. Yet without it much that we value would never come to be. This workshop explores the significance of imagination with respect to our journey of faith.

Workshop II:
God’s People Sing
Songs of the church can occupy up to a third of the worship time, but rarely is much thought given to why all – not just choirs – are expected to sing. What enlivens the songs of the church in an increasingly globalized world? In this workshop we will think about these things with plenty of examples to sing.

Book Suggestions for Prior Reading:
“10 Things They Never Told Me about Jesus”
(A Sunday morning class based on this book will begin at PCOR on June 7th at 8:15 am in the Adult Ed room.)
“The Singing Thing” (Book 1)
“The Singing Thing Too” (Book 2)

available from
Church of the Roses Bookstore for $15 each (come into the office or buy one after church)
–or –
GIA Publications (

Register & Purchase Tickets

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Registration Info



I wish to attend:

___ Workshop I only $15
___ Workshop II only $15

___ Both Workshops $25

___ Dinner $10

Total Due _________

Presbyterian Church of the Roses
2500 Patio Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

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