As the great movie character Buddy the
Elf says, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud
for all to hear."
Bob Singleton is president of God's Kids
Worship; as a kids' worship ministry consultant. As a producer of
music for kids, Bob has achieved great heights being a
platinum-album, award-winning Grammy- and Dove-nominated producer
of music for kids. In a previous article, he shared with us some
advice when it comes to helping kids worship God. So to help your
kids sing loud for all to hear this season, here are some words of
advice from Bob.
1. Consider your
culture. "Choose music that fits the worship style
and theology of your church," says Bob. "Look for music with enough
energy to match your kids' energy level…Select proven worship songs
and energized hymns that fit the stage of development for kids in
2. Keep it
age-appropriate. "Whatever your church's worship
style, expect kids to be kids, and use age-appropriate worship
materials," says Bob.
wisely. "Studies indicate that kids up to sixth grade
prefer to sing along with kids' voices over adults," says Bob.
"…it's easier to 'fit in' when they sing, and they're more likely
to be in their vocal range."
4. Get resourceful.
"Kids' worship doesn't need to be a big, staged event with
billowing smoke and flashing lights," says Bob. "A $30 DVD player
and a donated television can turn any room into a worship center;
whether it's a living room, a small room on a mission trip, or an
5. Blessings in Return. "Lead
your kids into worship. You don't need a lot-just good recordings
that sing of spirit and truth," says Bob. "God doesn't require good
voices, just happy hearts."
Like I said before, I love the wide variety of
Christmas music that's out there. You've the classics, the carols,
the ones just for fun, and the ones that share the good news of
Jesus. Hearing my kids sing their favorite Christmas classics is
one of my favorite things about the holiday season.
If you happen to be looking for some Christmas
music for your kids, check this out: Here are
three free classic Christmas songs that you can download
right now. They come in MP3 format, so you can play them anywhere
using an MP3 player. If that doesn't work, you can also easily burn
them to CDs.
If you like what you hear, check out where
they came from-Group's Christmas Songbook, a downloadable MP3
album made up of 12 of the most memorable Christmas songs, both
classic and contemporary, set to music kids will dig!
I want to know what your favorite Christmas
songs are. What songs do your kids enjoy singing? Share with us
using the comment section below!