Posts Tagged "Worship Music"

A BIG BASKET OF EASTER SONGS (A Dad in the Middle Review)

imageWe have featured music from God’s Kids Worship several times here on Dad in the Middle including:

Bob Singleton of God’s Kids Worship is a musical award-winning Christian dad as well as Grammy® nominated, and 4 time Dove nominated producer of music for kids. He goal with God’s Kids Worship was to make it easy for kids to worship God, and for grown-ups to lead them.  God’s Kids Worship has now developed a DVD full of kids’ worship music designed specifically for Easter.  This easy-to-use DVD includes such songs as:

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STARS, GUITARS AND MEGAPHONE DREAMS (A Dad in the Middle Review)

Y-MegaphonePreReleaseCoverLast week I posted about a brand new CD from Yancy that came out this past Tuesday.  We are still giving away a CD/DVD combo as part of that article.  I am going to the leave the contest open until midnight tonight (EST).  So, you still have time to enter.  All you have to do is one or all of the following (the more you do, the more times you are answered):

  1. Leave a comment in the comment section below.
  2. Tweet the following:  @stocksohio is giving away the CD/DVD of @yancynotnancy’s new album.  Check it out for your chance to win: http://wp.me/pN5Ju-19F #kidmin
  3. Tweet todays review using the Tweet button on the left.

Today, I wanted to take some time to review the album.  It seems to me that the best way to do that is song-by-song, so that is what I am going to do.  Before I do that though, I wanted to make some general observations.  First, I am not the type of person who usually likes a CD in its entirety right out of the box.  There are a handful of CDs where I can honestly say I really like all of the songs, but for most of those there were at least a couple of songs that took a little while to grow on me.  I can honestly tell you that the first time I listened to this CD from front to back, I fell in love with the songs.  I love them as someone in children’s ministry who can definitely use them in class.  I love them as the father to a daughter who really likes Yancy.  Most importantly though, I just love them myself.  I could, and will, listen to this album whether the kids are around or not.  To me, that is an essential element in good children’s ministry music – it relates to both kids and parents.  So, without any further introduction, here is my song-by-song review:

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Enter to Win a new CD/DVD Combo from Yancy

Y-MegaphonePreReleaseCoverNOTE: I am so excited about this new CD that I want everyone to win a copy!  Unfortunately, I only have one to give away (see below for how to enter).  But there are other opportunities to win as well.  Check these blogs out and enter to win there as well (I will continue to update this list as I hear about, and find, more giveaways – plus every time I update it it shows up on CMConnect as a new article. So, that’s an added bonus/issue I need to look into):

Unfortunately, you already missed out on your chance to win from Kenny Conley and Jonathan Cliff, so make sure not to miss out on the opportunities above.  We not return to you to your original article!

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Spontaneous Worship

image Have you had one of those moments in Children’s Ministry?  You know the ones.  The kind of moment when you step back and think – that’s a God thing!  The kind of moments you store away for the darker times when you question why it is you do what you do.  The kind of moment God gives us to refresh and restore our faith and our calling.  I had one of those moments this past weekend.  Before I jump right in and tell you about it though, let me give you a little bit a background.

Starting sometime over a year ago, God started to really convict me about the music we were using in our Kindergarten-1st Grade room.  There was nothing wrong with the songs we were using, but they were mostly what I call “fun songs” and lacked the depth I felt we should be giving to our kids in worship.  Based on God’s prompting, I resolved to start introducing some more theologically meaty tunes into the worship set.  One of the very first songs I started with was One Way from Hillsong Kids.  After all, there is no more important message in children’s ministry than that Jesus Christ is the One Way that we can be reconciled to the father.  If you aren’t familiar with the lyrics, I’ve included them below.

Anyhow, the first time we used the song, it was bust by all apparent measures.  The kids weren’t all the interested.  They didn’t pick up the lyrics.  Only the most ardent of our kids (two or three of the girls) even attempted the motions.  Even our worship leader, a high school girl who has been doing music with the kids for several years now, told me that she didn’t think that song was going to work, and maybe we should nix it.  I, however, exercised my spiritual gift of stubbornness (sarcasm intended) and stuck with the song.  We did it the next couple of weeks, and we have probably done it two or three times a month for the last year or so.  I have seen growth in the kids as they have really come to enjoy the song, and participation during worship is way up.  Many weeks, the song is requested by name.

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Seeds Family Worship – A Review

SeedsWorship Here is another article I published over on Ministry-to-Children.com. The article titled What’s the Deal with Seeds Family Worship? was published on July 27, 2010.

Brief Synopsis: Seeds family worship is a great group that puts scripture to music. Check out my review in this article.

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