Though music is not critical to the effectiveness of your children’s ministry, songs are a great vehicle for conveying doctrine and memorizing Scripture and the books of the Bible, for example. So you can be forgiven for thinking that being non-musical might be a hindrance to kid’s ministry.
It is often hardest for those who are on there own, or with just one or two other helpers. In larger churches, where there are volunteers with many talents, you are more likely to find someone who can play musical instruments for the children’s worship.
But what do you do if neither you nor your helpers can play? Well, there are ways round this.
1. Teach yourself the guitar
Many children’s songs can be accompanied with only a few simple guitar chords. It is possible to teach yourself. There are some helpful websites with tips and resources. A Google search will lead you to some. There are even Christian teachers, for example Jean Welles at www.worshipguitarclass.com who offers guitar and piano lessons on DVD and tips online.
2. Pre-record a musical friend
You could ask a musical friend if you could record them playing some tunes that you plan to use in coming weeks . Then you can tape off the “master” each week the particular tunes you need.
3. Buy Christian children’s music CDs
You could buy CDs of Christian children’s music. More are available these days. You will find your own favourites, but here are some suggestions to start you off.
4. Download free audio music tracks
Some websites offer low-cost or even free downloads of audio files and words and music to print out. There are some that make available tracks with children singing the words. This is ideal when your kids are learning a song. But they also provide files of the backing tracks, which you can use when your children are more confident.
Check out www.familyworship.org.uk for a range of song styles.
5. Pray for a musician
Pray for someone musical to join you. We know a children’s group who had no musician, until the leader asked an elderly lady to help out. She didn’t feel she could teach the children, or lead any activities, but she was able to use her keyboard playing skills to help the singing go with a swing. She was delighted to be able to serve the Lord like this .
At first it may seems that your lack of musical ability is a hindrance, but it need not be.
If you know of other helpful music resources, do chime in using the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you.