Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives.
Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.
Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
Colossians 3:16 (NLT)
I love music. I truly believe music is a fantastic tool that we have in ministry to connect with kids. Having great music that kids (and their parents) enjoy connects with them. Creating space in your services and programs to sing songs together and invite kids to participate in worshipping the Lord also connects kids with their Maker. I am passionate about helping kids fall in love with Jesus and find their hiding place in His presence.
This year through VBS you’re teaching kids that God is with them wherever they go. Worship is one of the things, just like prayer, that we can do wherever we are to spend time with God and know that He is with us. It’s a fortress for when the storms of life rage all around us. Help kids from an early age understand this component of their walk with Christ.
Here are a few tips to help you create great worship times at VBS:
- Ask questions that demand a response. This is one of the easiest things you can do to engage your group because you are asking them to respond verbally or with an action. This can range from giving high fives at the end of the song or repeating a phrase to each other. It can be a shout to create excitement or even lyrics from the song you’re about to sing. Don’t just state what you’re going to do. Ask them questions to get them engaged in what you’re doing from the beginning.
- Lead worship like David. When we look at worship in the Bible, David is one of the main examples we have of a worship leader. As we read Psalms, David leads us in worship. He instructs us to clap your hands all ye people, shout to God with a voice a triumph, jump and sing for joy. As a worship leader it’s OK, and I believe, according to David’s example, it’s a good thing to state the obvious. Kids are used to being told what to do. Plus, we all need reminders from time to time to encourage good behavior and actions. I know that worshipping God is a good thing for all of us to do. Tell the kids to sing, clap their hands, lift their hands, put smiles on their faces, and sing from their hearts. Lead them like David would.
- Share Scriptures about singing and worshipping God. Use the Bible to encourage your kids and inspire them to worship. Psalm 119:11 reveals to us the importance of hiding God’s Word in our hearts. Use Scripture to plant seeds in kids and to help them understand the what, why, and how of praising God.
- Be an example of worship. Demonstrate through your actions, words, and countenance what worship looks like. Be a releaser of worship. When you attend a church service, you need to be a worshipper. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Take part in worship. Don’t expect only others to worship when you’re the leader. You need to worship when others are leading you.
Have FUN this summer singing and celebrating that God is faithful. I believe it’s true: God is with me wherever I go (from Genesis 28:15).
“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised”(Psalm 113:3, NIV).
Written by Yancy on behalf of Standard Publishing Vacation Bible School
©2015 Yancy Ministries, Inc.
Yancy is a worship leader and songwriter for kids who travels the globe doing family concerts and training worship leaders. She grew up a kidmin PK who knew God wanted to use her music for His glory. She recently launched a new worship series called “Kidmin Worship.” Yancy also created the original music for Standard Publishing’s Deep Sea Discovery VBS. Her life is made even more complete with her husband, Cory, and son, Sparrow Rocket, where they live in Nashville, Tennessee.