Every month we have an all-age ‘family service’ at church, and as in that service we try and include songs which are particularly suitable for children. At the moment we’re trying to increase our repertoire, but what are we looking for in a worship song for children?
Now I probably need to apologise in advance, because I’m not a musician, so I’m looking mainly at the words and content – I’ll leave the musical consideration to those who know what they’re talking about.
What makes a good Children’s worship song?
- First of all I’m looking for theological substance. This sounds like a tall order for simple songs, but I want them to proclaim truth about God or express our response to Him in Worship.
- Songs which make Bible verses memorable or easy to understand are a great way to get scripture on our lips.
- Songs which tell a Bible story or parable.
- Songs which lend themselves to actions mean that even children can join in.
- As with adult songs, If the main premise is that we are praising God, I want to know why we are praising him. (Because of His work, His character, His attributes, etc.)
And which songs will be vetoed?
- Songs which anthropomorphise animals. (I.e. singing about how much Mr Sheep loves Jesus.)*
- Songs which don’t mention God.
- Songs which try to use youth speak or trendy language. (Given how far behind the times the church often is, how long will it be before we have a song with ‘lol’ in it?)
- Songs about being good (we’re not trying to create mini-morralists).
- Songs which are boring to sing. (OK, I did include one about the music)
*Maybe this one is just a personal peeve, but I’m allowed to have one or two eccentricities.
So have you found any good new children’s songs recently?