2020-02-26 to 28 Pictures: Charleston, South Carolina

One of the few upsides of having to cancel our Spring Break trip last March at the onset of the pandemic is that we are "stuck" with a rather large voucher from one of those discount airlines. Last autumn, Tricia and I spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia and had a...

A John 3:16 Craft for Kids

John 3:16 is one of the most well known and reassuring verses in the Bible. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (NIV) The following is a little craft I threw...

2020-03-01 Pictures: Lyndsey’s College Signing Day

This afternoon Lyndsey made it official, signing her letter of intent to play college basketball for the Hiram College Terriers starting next year. While she made the decision and committed to Hiram before Christmas, she has been looking forward to this day since her...

2020-02-13 Pictures: Lyndsey’s 18th Birthday

I am little behind on posting photos. These are some of my favorites from a couple of weekends ago when we got a chance to celebrate Lyndsey's 18th birthday. It's hard to believe that my little girl is officially an adult. It was nice to have the family all back...


Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

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.

This weekend, though – this weekend was different.  I had planned on doing One Way in the worship set, but we ran long on large group time and the music had to be cut.  We had a praise party planned for small group time, and I wanted to make sure that I left plenty of time for that.  I hit play on my Ipod on a playlist of upbeat worship songs and the party commenced.  It was a fun time of fellowship with the kids and animal crackers.  Then One Way came on the speakers, and something happened.  The kids started to sing along.  Not all of them mind you, but enough that it was really noticeable.  Then they stood up, unprompted, and started to do the motions.  Finally, they started to head over to our normal “worship area” line up, and go through the motions of the song.  It really had the feel of a flash mob, but to me it was clear.  God had worked through music to impact the lives of these kids.  What they refused to sing a year ago, they chose to sing to Him this weekend – not because we had planned it, but because God had.

Here is a YouTube video of the song.  If you haven’t heard it, or you don’t use it in your children’s ministry, you really ought to!


Here are the Lyrics (note the theological concepts covered in a “children’s song”):

I lay my life down at Your feet
‘Cause You’re the only one I need
I turn to You and You were always there
In troubled times it’s You I seek
I Put You first that’s all I need
I humble all I am, all to You

One way, Jesus
You’re the only one that I could live for
One way, Jesus
You’re the only one that I could live for

You are always, always there
Every how and every where
Your grace abounds so deeply within me
You will never ever change
Yesterday today the same
Forever ’till forever meets no end


You are the Way, the Truth and the Life
We live by faith and not by sight for You,
We’re living all for You





  1. Jared M

    This is awesome! Keep encouraging those kids to worship. Youth and adult services will be blessed when a generation steps in who already know how to worship.
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    • Wayne Stocks


      Thanks for the comment. As someone with no musical talent who used to stand quietly during worship so as not to disturb the people around me, God has really brought me a long way when it comes to worshiping through music. It was awesome to see the kids worship like that totally unprompted by me or any other leader. It just reminded me in a really tangible way how awesome God is and how capable he is of working through our weaknesses.

      Take care!