Seasonal Tips for Engaging Worship
By Yancy Richmond
I love this time of year. There’s so much you can do to theme out your environment with decorations, music before/after class and in the songs you sing.
For November, gather up your most thank filled songs and talk to the kids about how our worship is a way we can show our thanks to God for all He’s done. A worship song like “10,000 Reasons” is perfect. Take time to really ask the kids what they are thankful for. What is the reason they can sing and give thanks today? Share some scriptures that show and display a heart of thanks and show the parallel of how thanks and worship go hand in hand.
In December, sing Christmas songs! We sing the same songs all year long. For a few weeks we can mix it up with these special. Even though it may take a little extra planning and rehearsal, take advantage of this opportunity to make your music fresh by doing Christmas songs. It’s great to mix in the fun and the familiar which means you can sing the Christmas songs that don’t talk about Jesus like “Jingle Bells” or “Frosty the Snowman.” Then, sing songs like “Joy to the World” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” because of their message.
Look up Luke 2:13-20.
Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said, “May glory be given to God in the highest heaven! And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!” The angels left and went into heaven. Then the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby. The baby was lying in the manger. After the shepherds had seen him, they told everyone. They reported what the angel had said about this child. All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over. The shepherds returned. They gave glory and praise to God.
I love how it tells us the angels and shepherds praised God! There was a lot of worship happening in the Christmas story. We have been given the greatest gift ever. What a reason we have to sing and worship our Savior who was born. Take this Christmas season to communicate and illustrate worship in a different way then you’ve done this year.
The same passage (v. 19) says: But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over.
- What are the God moments for you of 2014?
- How did you experience God’s faithfulness and provision?
- What were your favorite moments of children’s ministry and leading worship this year?
I encourage you to “keep these things like a secret treasure in your heart”. Think about them, and remember them. As the new year begins don’t forget how God has blessed you and remained faithful to keep His promises!
Yancy is a worship leader and songwriter for kids that travels the globe doing family concerts and training worship leaders. She leads worship for the preteen event, SuperStart and creates original music for Standard Publishing’s VBS. She grew up a kidmin PK that knew God wanted to use her music for His glory. Her life is made even more complete with her husband, Cory and son, Sparrow Rocket where they live in Nashville, TN.