This is the original manuscript that was used for my article in Children's Ministry Magazine, titled "Sing a New Song." This article describes how God has wired kids for worship, and how we can lead them into worship.
Kids - Wired for Worship
by Bob Singleton (c) 2009
This is part 2 of 5
God wants your kids to sing to Him in worship! Kids are “wired and ready” to sing. We should sing “well-written songs,” [see sidebar] but we don’t have to sing well! We just need to make our “joyful noise” to the Lord, no matter what age we are. God never expresses age or talent limits for worshiping Him; He just wants us to be enthusiastic, as written later in the Psalms:
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
(Psalms 150: 6 NET Bible)
Every kid in children’s ministry today has breath. Start kids praising and worshiping when they are young, and keep it growing as they grow. It lays a foundation for a lifetime of communing with God.
In kid’s worship, the first priority is to connect kids to God. If your kids are connected to God, you have the ability to teach and disciple them deeply in ways you’ve never imagined. Worship is rarely the act of singing songs that are designed simply to teach. Teaching is the act of pouring information into kid’s minds. Worship is the act of pouring love and adoration into the arms of our loving, listening God.
As children’s ministry workers, we lead kids to Christ, and fill them with information about God. But do we help them to encounter God? Do we we put that off until they get into youth programs, or “grown-up” church? More people become Christians as children than any other age group; but experience leads me to think that a smaller percentage of children worship than any other age group.
What are those non-worshiping kids missing? They could be missing the planting of foundational concepts that will enrich their lives into eternity. Jan Bedell, a neat Christian mom and over-achiever whose credentials include B.S, M.ND, M.Ed, Certified Teacher, Certified Master Neurodevelopmentalist, plus founder and President of Little Giant Steps says, "
When a person memorizes something that is put to music, it is stored in the subdominant hemisphere of the brain, where emotions and creativity take place. This information is permanently stored and easy to retrieve when sung. It's been observed that information that is memorized to music lasts the longest, and is the last to be forgotten. Even Alzheimer's patients can often retrieve songs from their childhood when other information has been lost."
Be sure to continue reading part 3.
Bob Singleton is President of God’s Kids Worship™, making kids worship DVDs for churches of all sizes; he’s also a kids worship ministry consultant, and a platinum album award-winning, Grammy and Dove nominated, producer of music for kids.