I might be the only family ministry pastor with this attitude but I am not a big fan of children’s musical productions at church. I enjoy having purpose and reason for everything we do as a ministry. For that reason I was never responsive or excited about leading a Kid’s Worship Team. Boiling it down, I did not like the idea of spending so much time and energy in producing a “kodak moment” for families…I’m into “faith-building moments” for families. Long story short, many key leaders wanted to help produce a Kid’s Worship Team for our upcoming Christmas Eve services. I gave the green light with the stipulation that this adventure have purpose. Here are the reasons we are doing a Kid’s Worship Team:
Teach about Worship// I am committed to creating opportunities for children to worship God. I believe music is one way we can accomplish that goal. However, children sometimes get so drawn to the beats, lyrics and movements that they forget the underlining reason of why. By having them become worship leaders we have a opportunity to help them understand why we worship.
Involve the Parents// Like many churches we struggle getting parents involved. We “encouraged” all parents, of the the involved children, to help out in some way: bring a snack, coordinating props, coaching children, be present at every rehearsal, etc. We made it very clear that in order for this production to happen we need every parent to chip-in someway. I am so impressed; every parent is involved and parents are connecting with other parents.
Children are the Church// Sometimes I wonder if the children truly feel part of the church community. The church needs to establish environments that spur spiritual growth but never at the cost of “siloing” a ministry from the rest of the church community. I wanted the children to have another opportunity to be part of the church. One outcome of Kid’s Worship Team, for the Christmas Eve service, will be that it won’t be only them singing with a CD in the background…they will be singing with the worship band live and leading the church in worship!
Responsibility// This might be a rant, but I believe the church has a responsibility to help teach responsibility. Too often I hear people blaming everyone else, but never themselves. We have to be responsible for our actions as Christians. Kid’s Worship Team is a opportunity to teach kids responsibility. Children/families are responsible to be on time to every rehearsal and practice at home. We hope to create a positive atmosphere for responsibility to be taught, modeled and practiced.
Serving// Many churches try to give children opportunities to serve. Most of the time these opportunities are all about assisting with something. Serving is more than just helping someone, it is the attitude of placing someone else’s needs above your own. Granted a challenging concept to teach young children, but this does not mean we shouldn’t try. We are framing the Kid’s Worship Team as a opportunity to place others before yourself.
There are some more reason why we are intentionally having a Kid’s Worship Team this Christmas but these are the heavy hitters. To be clear, we are not doing this because it fills a calendar or creates a cute moment in the Christmas Eve service; we are doing this to intentionally raise children in the faith and create moments for them to workout their faith “muscles”.