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 are more wired for music than grown-ups. They respond faster, internalize it and memorize it faster, and sense the emotion and energy more deeply than adults. We’ve heard that kids are multi-sensory learners; singing is one of the most multi-sensory activities that we can undertake in a classroom. As children grow and become more dominant in their learning styles, some aspect of singing will always reach them; whether it’s thinking about the words, enjoying the physical movement, or thriving on the creative aspects of music.
Jody Capehart, experienced children’s pastor and school administrator, and author of the gold medallion-nominated book Teaching With Heart says, “Brain research supports that children are multi-sensory learners. They learn best and retain more when information is presented through multi-modalities. Motor stimulation [ed. note: which can include activities required for singing] activates the neural connections in the brain to facilitate learning and long-term memory. Many children learn best when they are moving because they build in muscle memory. Music and movement provide an excellent combination for worship and scripture memory.”
Worship singing is a multi-sensory experience that affects our body, soul and mind:
Bodies: We tap our feet, clap our hands and change our heartbeat and breathing when we sing. We see others singing, we hear the sounds, we feel the vibrations of our voice, the touch of the floor and the impact of our hands clapping.
Souls: Our souls and emotions are touched as we are reminded of all that God has done for us, and all His amazing promises.
Minds: Our mind is fed with eternal truth about God that continues to feed us for life. The truths we learn in song return to our conscious minds when we need them most for the rest of our life.
God wants our expressions of love for Him to involve our whole being. In Mark 12:30, Jesus reminds us how we are to express our love for God:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ (NET Bible)
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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.