We had Kids Klub at our church tonight and I am the "music director". That basically means that I choose the songs for both groups of kids – the Juniors who are about 4 yrs old through Gr. 2 and then the Seniors who are Gr. 3 through Gr.5.
I find it so fun to pick out music for little kids – they are so enthusiastic!
Some of my fondest memories growing up are of my mom leading Backyard Bible Clubs during the summer. And we just used the visual song booklets that she held up in front and we sang along to. One of my favorites was "Stop and Let Me Tell You" and it was a little cardboard stop sign held by a stick and on one side it looked like a normal stop sign and on the back it had the other words. If we were REALLY good we might get picked to stand up front and hold the sign and when Mom tapped our heads, we knew it was time for us to flip the sign back around.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about here?
So it has come full circle and I am the one tapping heads. Well not literally since I try to use Powerpoint. But it's so fun to watch young kids be excited about singing about God. They don't have any qualms about moving around, dancing, doing the motions, singing right out. In fact, I encourage all those things. Praising the Lord should be FUN!
One of the songs they love the best is Jump, Shout, Give a High Five.
Jump, shout, give a high five
Jesus is alive, Jesus is alive.
Jump, shout, give a high five,
Jesus is alive today.
It makes me want to laugh and smile,
It makes me want to spin awhile,
It makes me want to clap my hands,
Cause Jesus is alive!
Yes, it's simple. And enthusiastic. And loud. And fun. And the Truth!
Music is a wonderful way to communicate with children. Especially with Bible memorization. So if you aren't necessarily comfortable with kids and would like to do more with them, start with music! You can't go wrong.