I was recently given the opportunity to review some modern worship CDs put out by God’s Kids Worship®.
God’s Kids Worship® was created by Bob Singleton, a musical award-winning Christian dad as well as Grammy® nominated, and 4 time Dove nominated producer of music for kids. He wanted to make it easy for kids to worship God, and for grown-ups to lead them.
God’s Kids Worship® songs are produced for kids to enjoy singing, and adults to enjoy leading. The songs are sung by kids for kids, match the attention spans of kids, don’t have long introductions or guitar solos, and contain only the best, most singable parts of songs. The award-winning arrangements are all kid-friendly, with an emphasis on energy and fun.
The three CD’s are part of the set of Modern Worship Worship CDs. The three CDs are:
- I’ll Praise You
- I Believe You
- I’ll Follow You
The CDs are designed to engage kids in and energetic live praise time. Each CD includes 14 songs including a variety of well known modern worship songs and brand new made-for-kids songs all sung by a group a children. Now, with a few minor exceptions, when I hear about kids’ worship music sung entirely by kids, I don’t tend to get excited. Most such music just doesn’t suit my tastes and turns out sounding very cheesy to me. It is not what I am interested in listening to, and that is not what I want to use in my children’s ministry on Sunday mornings. These CDs however, are an exception to that rule. The songs are engaging and fun to listen to and make for a great worship experience. They are also perfect for parents to listen to with their kids in the car or at home as both are sure to enjoy the music. In an e-mail exchange with Bob Singleton, he explained to me that he was involved in researching how to get kids to engage in music rather than just listen to it, and the single biggest factor was, “If they hear other kids singing, they will sing along.” I am grateful that Bob and his team have found a way to accomplish that and still create music which is pleasant to listen to.
Worshipping God through music is a critical part of our relationship with God. The Bible tells us to:
…be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart [Ephesians 5:18b-19]
These CDs will allow kids to engage in that conversation. Some of my favorite moments with my kids are within the confines of my truck or van when we role up the windows, turn up the music and sing and dance with one another. In children’s ministry, I believe part of what we need to teach kids how to do is to authentically worship their Heavenly Father, and that means a whole lot more then just singing silly songs that they can hear anywhere. There is nothing wrong with those songs, but worship entails so much more than that, and I think these CDs will help to fill that void.
These CDs include a mixture of well known contemporary Christian songs as well as brand new songs written entirely for kids. They also include a variety of tempos including everything from slower songs to more upbeat music. You can get a listing of the specific songs on these three CDs, and listen to excerpts, here: http://www.godskidsworship.com/p-297-gods-kids-worship-modern-cd-3-pack.aspx. God’s Kids Worship® offers a variety of other products including music which is more traditional in style.
Now, here is the exciting news, God’s Kids Worship® has provided me with a free copy of this three CD set to give away to a reader of this blog. In order to enter, you may do any, or all, of the following [the more you do, the more times you will be entered]:
- Tweet the following: “RT @stocksohio is giving away 3 free CDs from God’s Kids Worship. Find out how you can win: http://wp.me/pN5Ju-10v. #kidmin #freestuff”
- Leave a brief comment below explaining why you would like to win the CDs or what you would do with them.
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- Join the Kidmin1124 Facebook Page and leave a comment there specifically mentioning God’s Kids Worship®.
There you have it, if you enter all five ways, you multiply your chances of winning! All entries made by Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 9:00 AM EDT will be put in a figurative hat (more likely a random # generator), and a winner will be selected at that time. Look for more contests related to God’s Kids Worship® later this summer.
As indicated above, I was provided a free set of these CDs for purposes of completing this review. That did not in any way influence the contents of this review.