by Bob Singleton, head worship guy at God’s Kids Worship
(see part 1 here)
Worship, for all ages, is not a process, it’s a proclamation. “To worship God is to tell him that we believe him for who he says he is” as revealed in the Bible. (Matt Redman, worship leader, songwriter, and author quoted from “Blessed Be Your Name,” pub. Regal Books)
Applying that idea to kids ministry worship busts several kids worship myths. This is the second in my series of kids worship myths, where I cover myths 7-12. We covered myths 1-6 here : 6 Big Myths About Kids Worship
Myth 7 – Don’t interrupt kids worship with “grown-up” worship songs. Kids ministry songs should be silly, and unique to kid ministry.
Reality – Kids ministry is a part of church life from the cradle to the grave. Match your kids energy and make kids worship a part of the worship culture of your church, not a “silly song,” worship-free zone.
Myth 8 – Kids worship songs should be long and slow like the ones we do in big church, or it’s not real worship.
Reality – Kids worship songs should fit kid’s energy and attention span. Do you know any kid that has ever said, “I want a song that is slower than a dial-up modem, and lasts longer than an episode of “Downton Abbey”? Me neither.
Myth 9 – There are 3 (or 5, or 10 or other random number) steps required for effective worship.
Reality – There is no “worship steps checklist” in the Bible unless you’re a Levite priest in the Jerusalem temple. If you are, I’d like to meet you and hang with you.
Myth 10- Kids worship should look like grown-up worship.
Reality – Really? When does ANYTHING done by kids ever look like grown-ups? Kids worship looks like kids. Embrace it.
Myth 11 – Worship only happens in our big room with the projection and sound system.
Reality – You mean, God doesn’t have a map to your other kids ministries? Worship him everywhere. He’ll show up. He said so.
Myth 12 – I need a sweet media setup to worship.
Reality – Can’t find that one in the Bible. Our brothers & sisters in technology-free parts of the world have deep, fervent worship without it. Worship where you are, with what you have. Add media as you need it, when you’re able.
Bob Singleton is the head worship guy at God’s Kids Worship, and thinks it’s ok for kids to have really noisy worship.