Music is one of my great loves in this life. For me, it has a way, like nothing else, of bringing me right into the presence of God. And it can do the same for kids.
In kids ministry, music is every bit as important as the message kids hear. And it’s vital that it is given to them in a way that they “get it”. If you are still singing songs during worship from when you were a kid, chances are you aren’t connecting with the children in your room. If you are leading them in songs that are sung in the adult service, again, you’re more than likely missing the mark on connecting with them. And if you aren’t connecting with them, they aren’t getting in the presence of Jesus. They are off somewhere in their minds thinking about what they’ll be having for lunch, if they can ever get out of there.
Fear not! There is some GREAT kids music out there that is every bit as “spiritual” as what you’re going to hear in the adult service, and kids love to sing and dance to it! And you don’t have to have a full band to make it happen! Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite music options for children’s ministry.
In my toddler room, I love to play Yancy’s preschool music. It comes on a CD or DVD, but I prefer to show the DVD so kids can see the colors and movement and really get drawn in. Yancy has several preschool albums out, and they are all fabulous! Go grab your copy here!
Older kids still love to see a DVD, especially when the words are on the screen and they can easily follow along and sing. But if you don’t have the ability to show a DVD, the CD option for each of these is just as great. And you can find hand motions (aka-dance moves) to most of the songs online.
Uncle Charlie music is great! He has very exciting videos for each of his songs, and dances to go with them as well. Kids love his music. Get some Uncle Charlie worship songs here! He also has an amazing life story that you can read about here. You definitely want to check that out!
Hillsong Kids has been one of my favorite music resources since I started serving in kids ministry! They are always lively and energetic. There are real people dancing on screen, a full band, and it is super exciting. It makes you feel like you are right in the room worshiping with them. Hillsong Kids stays cutting edge and kids won’t feel like they have stepped back into the dark ages of music. You’re going to want to get one of everything they have here!
Go Fish Guys have been super fun to worship to! They have some great music and they are high energy. And very talented. Probably my favorite of their albums was their hymns remake called Kickin’ it Old School. The kids loved all the old hymns put to new music and a great beat! You can get their music here.
With all of the great technology today, you can go check out all these great worship songs and download just the ones you want. Play them straight off your phone on Sunday morning. Super simple, and it will make a HUGE impact!
Your turn. What is your favorite music to jam to on Sunday mornings with your group of kids? What music gets your children’s room ready to be in the presence of God?