Month: May 2015

Worship for Kids: more than a song?

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An excerpt from one of my favourite KidMin blogs :

“In today’s culture, worship has once again become associated to “music at church.” As we see the progression of worship in scripture we see it attached to the tabernacle and then later, to the temple. Very often, we see that when someone worshiped, they fell down. We see Jesus change the game a little bit in the conversation with the woman at the well in the gospel of John, chapter 4. He simply points out that people will begin to worship God differently. We see this emphasized in Romans 12 when Paul equates the sacrifice or offering of self as the act of worship. Have we gone back to attaching worship to a place…a style…a certain sound?

In other words, the act of worshiping God should not be limited to style, tempo, location, volume, and so on. Do we force our own style or tastes on kids in the area of worship? I’m not talking about doctrine here. By all means, kid leaders must ensure that the lyrics are truthful and God-centered. I’m talking about the other things that we often equate with what is appropriate worship for children.

Are we allowing children to make worship a regular part of their lives by allowing them to worship Him in spirit and in truth? Are we teaching them that worship and the music associated with it should extend into their everyday lives? Are you using music that is similar in style to what they might listen to at home or with their parents? (Again, this is not about lyrics.) If you don’t make an effort to connect with kids on a cultural level, you may limit their ability to extend what happens at church into their everyday lives. We want them to be ambassadors for Jesus, not defenders of a culturally disconnected church.” –Jeffrey Reed, Lifeway Kids (check out the link for more).

An interesting point of view! Michelle Anthony puts it another way: are we giving out kids time to “be with Jesus“? Time for them to “hear from Jesus”? Are we giving them a chance to hear from the Holy Spirit, or just keeping them entertained with funny lyrics and entertaining actions? Our time of worship in our kids church services is not restricted to the music we play, but are we giving kids a chance to truly worship God when we play our music? If you would like some helpful resources and information on worship for kids – particularly worship music, then check out these links:

Worship For Life

Elements Kids Worship

Hillsong Kids Worship

Worship KidStyle

There are tonnes more! Email qbkids@qb.com.au for more information on helping your kids and families worship God together 🙂

Playing For Keeps

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Recently I was in the USA, specifically Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennesee for a children’s ministry conference called CM CONNECT conference. (Check out CM Connect here: cmconnect.org). It became abundantly clear to me that God was calling us to prioritise reaching families, specifically parents, to help them disciple their children.

 

Sunday school teachers (or kids church ministry leaders) have on average, 1-2 hours a week with our kids. Families have the rest. A lot can happen in a week. Here’s a quote from my favourite book at the moment, Playing for Keeps by Reggie Joiner & Kristen Ivy.

 

Several years ago, we handed out jars of marbles to parents and to leaders who work with kids and teenagers. There were 936 marbles in each jar. 936 is the estimated number of weeks between birth and high school graduation. Parents and leaders were challenged to reduce the number of marbles in the jar to match the actual number of weeks they had left with each child. Then they were given a simple assignment: Remove one marble each week. Over time, the practice of losing marbles had a strange effect. It reminded them to value their time. It made each week matter a little more. It reinforced a simple principle: When you see how much time you have left, you tend to do more with the time you have now.

 

What are we doing with the time we have now? The reality is, children have a ‘best before’ date. There comes a time when a child is no longer a child. And research indicates that once a child hits that date, they are no longer as open to the Gospel. 43% of all Americans who are Christians made decision to become a Christian before the age of 13, and 64% made the decision before the age of 18. Nine out of ten church leaders became Christians before they were 18. Evangelism is most effective amongst kids. (Check out the article here: https://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/196-evangelism-is-most-effective-among-kids#.VUmdsFwRrVp) It is true that whatever we learn as a child effects us into adulthood. The good and the bad. Things we are intentional about teaching children, and things we aren’t. Our time is precious, and short. So are we really going to relinquish the time we have to teach them about the Gospel to the measly one hour a week that their Sunday School teachers have? (Note: Sunday school teachers totally rock for dedicating their time and energy into this one hour, and if you see a Sunday school teacher, you should definitely hug them, or high-five them, or whatever is appropriate according to your child safety policy. Just appreciate them!)

 

“The point is, if you are investing in a kid or teenager, you are already making history every week. The problem is, when you’re making history, you usually don’t know it…Let’s think about it another way. Most kids don’t know what you’re doing this week is going to be a formative part of their history. They are just kids. They only see “now”. To them you just… built a sandcastle. Took them to swim lessons. Played basketball in the driveway. Saw a movie. Ate some pizza… But you are an adult. You see yesterday, today and tomorrow. So you should know better. You should realise by being present in their life week after week in a variety of different ways, you are actually making HISTORY.”

 

The QB Kids and their Families team is passionate about awakening parents and church leaders to their calling to impact children for the Gospel. We are passionate about not just running ‘Sunday School’ programs (seriously, who wants to be at school on a Sunday?!) but reaching our young people, who are the most receptive to the Gospel, for the Gospel. To raise a generation who know the importance of life-long faith, not just church attendance.

 

So we need to equip families to disciple their kids. And we want to help you do that. Here is a really great list of places you can start to learn more about equipping families to be Gospel-centered in their homes. To be investing time into making history. To disciple their kids in the short time they have, so that ‘when they are old they will not depart from it.’ (Proverbs 22:6).

 

Start here. Start now. And if you want to know more, email qbkids@qb.com.au.

 

Two books you can read:

  • Playing For Keeps by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy: orangebooks.com/books/playing-for-keeps-losing-your-marbles
  • Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: www.koorong.com/search/product/parenting-beyond-your-capacity-reggie-joiner-carey-nieuwhof/9781434764812.jhtml

 

Or read access helpful resources here:

KIDWISE Children’s Ministry Training Event

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Fri 28 & Sat29AUG 2015 • Fri: 730pm-9pm Sat: 9am-330pm
Kidswise vision is to see children’s lives transformed through Jesus Christ, to the glory of God. Sandy Galea, founder of Kidswise, is passionate about Children’s Ministry and has written many resources to make your life easier. She is coming to Brisbane.

Suitable for everyone involved in Children’s Ministry, paid or volunteer.

Seminars by Sandy Galea

The Priorities Of Children’s Ministry 
How does God’s word shape our priorities in Children’s Ministry? And what are the practical implications of these priorities?

Creative Storytelling
Stories are the most effective way of unpacking abstract concepts (faith, hope, repentance…) to concrete thinkers. This is a very practical seminar with lots of take home ideas and is packed full of stories for all ages.

Helping Parents Shepherd Their Children
Parents are the primary shepherds of their children, so how can we support and encourage them in this vital ministry?

Where: Brisbane Chinese Alliance Church, Rochedale983 Rochedale Road, Rochedale, Queensland, 4123

Cost: $20 for Friday, $45 for Saturday

For more details: Leeanne Smithoffice@equip-events.com.au • REGISTER HERE:www.kidswise.com.au/training/kidswise-training-days/page-2?layout=table

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Fri 28 & Sat 29AUG 2015 •  FRI: 730pm-9pm SAT: 9am-330pm
Kidswise vision is to see children’s lives transformed through Jesus Christ, to the glory of God. Sandy Galea, founder of Kidswise, is passionate about Children’s Ministry and has written many resources to make your life easier. She is coming to Brisbane.
Cost: $19Where: Brisbane Chinese Alliance Church, Rochedale983 Rochedale Road, Rochedale, Queensland, 4123
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