Christmas song for pre-schoolers

Even young children can perform a simple Christmas songAre you looking for something simple for your pre-schoolers to present at your Christmas service? 

Here is an idea for a charming little song to the tune of Are you sleeping Brother John (also known as Frere Jacque).

It is ideal for your Sunday School or children’s club Christmas pageant or nativity presentation.

It can acted out with non-speaking parts for the following characters: Mary,  Shepherd(s), King(s) and Angel(s) and you can use as many or as few children as you wish to present the scenes that accompany the song.

Follow the link to dltk-kids.com, where you will find this and other great ideas.

Baby Jesus Song Performance details are here.

Writing your own Scripture songs

There is no better way to help kids memorize Scripture than to set it to music. Someone who has this ministry is Scripture Lady, Kathy Vincent.

Not only does she get children excited about the stories and adventures in the Bible, but with singing and actions she helps them fix the truths in their minds and hearts. You can see Kathy in action in a demo video on her site. If you are like us, you will find yourself singing the songs all week! After one viewing of this video Catherine and I were singing: “He came to SEEK!  He came to SAVE!  He came to seek and to save that which was lost!” And it lived with us for days after.

But Kathy isn’t keeping all the tricks-of-the-trade to herself!  She wants   to get us all singing the Bible with our children!

If you would like to learn how you can set Scripture to music visit her blog post. And while you are there, sign up for  Scripture Lady’s free email newsletter. It’s packed full of great ideas to help you get creative in your teaching and reviewing of the Bible.

If you think that making music is not for you, check our our post for the unmusical among us!

I can’t do kids’ ministry because I’m not musical

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.

Scripture Lady

Child Evangelism Fellowship

WorshipMusic.com

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.
Also www.songsofpraise.org

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.

Make a home-made xylophone

Glasses, water and shredded paper can teach a musical lesson. 

Ken Sapp over at CreativeYouthMinistries has blogged about how to help the kids can make a Do-It-Yourself xylophone and even play tunes. 

Taking it one step further, Ken suggests substituting the water in one glass with shredded paper, and a spiritual lesson can be illustrated – living in harmony, being a blessing to others and the need for God in our lives.

Full details, and tons more great ideas, are over at  Ken’s blog:

Creative Youth Ministries

Christmas music video: The Peace child

From Family Worship.org comes a simple but poignant song, presented as Christmas music video. The Youtube page will give you a taste of this inspirational worship experience.

It is good to know that, if you would like to use this for a Christmas service,
>> it is available to buy as a high quality DVD or download.

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