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Virginia Baptist Handbell Festival

Date: February 9, 2018 - February 10, 2018
All Day


Mount Vernon Baptist Church
11220 Nuckols Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059

VA Baptist 3-5 Octave Handbell Festival, Richmond Area

  • Date: February 9-10, 2018
  • Location:11220 Nuckols Rd., Glen Allen VA 23059
  • Mount Vernon Baptist Church
  • Time: Friday, 7:15-9:00 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am-noon
  • Director: Steve Gibson, Franklin Baptist Church

Rev. Steven R. Gibson currently serves as Associate Pastor/Music at Franklin Baptist Church, Franklin, VA, a position he has held since 2005. His ministry includes worship planning, Pastoral Care, and overseeing the church’s music ministry. Additionally, he serves as Convener of a Peer Learning Group and as Moderator of the Blackwater Baptist Association.  He also serves on the leadership team for Virginia Baptist Handbell Festivals, Music and Worship Arts Camp, and will this fall begin to serve a term on the Memorial Committee for the BGAV. He is married to Jane Ritchie Gibson, founder and owner of Jane’s Biscuits, and has a cat named Gizmo. They are the proud parents of a son, Noah, and the proud grandparents of a new grandson, Henry Jacob, whose arrival is in November 2017.


  • Joshua Fit the Battle, Thompson, Agape 1880, 3-5 octaves
  • Easter Joy, Behnke,  AGEHR 35260, 3-5 octaves
  • Celtic Farewell, Lamb, AGEHR 35210, 3-5 octaves with c instrument
  • Bound for the Promised Land, Hakes, Agape 2806, 3-7 octaves bells; 3 octave chimes

To register:

  • Send completed BGAV registration form (download form or online) to the Baptist General Association of Virginia, Office of Worship & Church Music Ministries, by January 26. There is a Program Fee of $35 per ringer (no minimum). If you register online, you may pay by credit card or e-check.
  • Please indicate on the registration form the number of 6-foot tables that your group will need.  Each group is allowed one 6-foot table for each octave of bells.  Additional tables (which have to be rented) are available for $10 per table.

Hotel Info:

There is a block of rooms being held through January 20 at the Springhill Suites, 9960 Independence Park Dr., Henrico VA 23233. Phone number is 804-217-7075. Rate is $89.00/night plus tax. Please ask for the Virginia Baptist Handbell Festival block.  

You may request the BGAV rate at the following hotels:

Holiday Inn Express I-64 Short Pump Area, 9933 Mayland Dr., Richmond VA 23233. The BGAV rate is $89.00/night plus tax. Phone number is 804-934-9300.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Richmond Northwest, 9937 Mayland Dr., Richmond VA 23233. The BGAV rate is $89.00/night plus tax. Phone number is 804-545-4200.

All three hotels are just off I-64 at the Gaskins Road exit, and all include free breakfast.



Karen Rackett : [staff-title] Karen Rackett
Congregational Field Staff Administrative Assistant
800.255.2428 or 804.915.5000, ext. 2243

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