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UPDATED: Churches encouraged to ring bells Easter Sunday

Photo by John McGauley

The Allen County Commissioners and the New Allen Alliance are asking residents, churches and community groups to participate in the ringing of the bells at noon on this Easter Sunday. Given that residents will be modifying their Easter celebrations this year due to the COVID-19 Crisis, the officials are encouraging communities to come together to support and encourage each other during Indiana’s stay-at-home order.

“Social distancing guidelines require us to remain apart from our extended families, church members, and other individuals on a sacred religious holiday that normally encourages us to gather together,” the commissioners said in a statement. “But we believe that the simple act of ringing a bell can allow us to remain physically distant while being united in spirit.”

“At our heart, NewAllen is about community collaboration. We are asking residents, churches and any other organization throughout East Allen County to demonstrate to our community members that we are in this together. We are hoping that at noon on Easter, East Allen will be filled with 10-15 minutes of music,” NewAllen Rural Liaison Kristi Sturtz said in a statement.

Suggested ways community members can participate in this event includes:

• Churches ringing bells or projecting instrumental music

• Individuals performing music and ringing bells from their porches

• Using existing home items for bells including wind chimes or Christmas decorations

The NewAllen Alliance was founded in 1991 to create a unified voice for seven communities in East Allen County, including Grabill, Harlan, Hoagland, Leo-Cedarville, Monroeville, New Haven and Woodburn. For more information go to www.newallenalliance.net

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