Create an Advent playlist of the hopeful, expectant music of the season. Collaborate on the list, listen while you prepare for the season, or belt out favorites in the car on your way back to church!
Whether you are looking to inspire others, or deepen your own spiritual life, these music offerings may be the perfect fit.
In 2013 Brook Packard wrote a series of articles for Building Faith about singing with children. She shared wisdom from her many years of experience as an educator, musician, and Christian formation leader. These articles are rich with practical tips, overall advice, and ways to keep the joy of singing alive. If you or anyone you know works with children, these articles must reads!
Churches have long enjoyed the hymn sing as a parish program. But could it be reinvented to add structure and form, along with some education?
Here is the question: Is Sunday school still valuable in building up the next generation of Christians? Or is it a tragic hindrance to the overall goals of the Christian community? The answer must take into account a full view of faith formation. But in short: Yes Sunday school is valuable. And yes, a traditional model of parish-based Christian education can still be effective is nurturing children and offering them knowledge, skills, and values to grow into adult followers of Jesus Christ.
Inviting children into the seriousness of Ash Wednesday is a holy opportunity. Music and singing brings light to the experience.
Help children prepare for the birth of Jesus with this fun Advent song. "Baby’s a -coming, oh yeah..."
For those familiar with Godly Play, the lesson for Advent 1 is Prophets Show the Way to Bethlehem. Here is an easy song to match the lesson.
Please let’s stop encouraging the notion that louder is better. I’ve seen weeks of work to empower children to sing freely vanish in one rehearsal where some director says “Louder!” to the children. They cannot share what they’ve worked on and there is no accomplishment in yelling.
On Thanksgiving and throughout the year, these activities can help teach children – and the whole family – gratitude. It makes us happier and healthier. Here you’ll find some ideas for practicing gratitude in the Sunday school classroom, children’s chapel, and in the home.
In addition to being a very popular saint, St. Martin is also the patron saint of veterans – men and women who served their country in the military. Martin’s day, November 11th, is also Veterans Day. It is a time to honor and remember veterans, people who still serve in the military, and their families. It is also a time to remember what we can do to make peace and share as Martin did.
Please let’s stop encouraging the notion that louder is better. I’ve seen weeks of work to empower children to sing freely vanish in one rehearsal where some director says “Louder!” to the children. They cannot share what they’ve worked on and there is no accomplishment in yelling. Yes, I know there are those in the congregation who complain they can’t hear the children, but is the potential shaming of the child on his or her musical journey worth pleasing that person?
Song and singing is a cornerstone of Church School and Children’s Chapels. Singing is a noble expression of the human spirit. Through our breath and voices we are in the moment and through our songs we are brought to possibilities.
For over 2,000 years, Christians have learned the poetry of their faith from gospel stories, stained glass windows, the paintings of El Greco, the sculpture of Bernini and the music of Beethoven.
St. Patrick's Breastplate is contained in the ancient Book of Armagh, from the early ninth century, along with Patrick's authentic "Confession." St. Patrick is said to have written this prayer to strengthen himself with God's protection as he prepared to confront and convert Loegaire, high king of Ireland.
The intention of the weekend was that it might provide resources to people who didn’t think of themselves as having spiritual resources - the folks who say, “Well, I don’t pray every day, and I don’t know that I have a spiritual life.” I hoped to introduce them to things that they already did, or things that they could do, and draw spiritual meaning out of them.
The seven “O Antiphons” originated in the daily monastic prayer of the eighth and ninth centuries. They are short, scripture-based prayers invoking various titles used for Christ. They express the deep longing for the Messiah’s coming that is a characteristic of Advent. The ninth century hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is based on one of the antiphons.
While we might think it doesn't matter, there are some differences in the music you hear and the lyrics you sing.
From blended to radically alternative worship, from the interest in Celtic worship to the contemporary praise experience of megachurches, from snake-handling to post-Vatican II liturgies, The Worship Mall visits them all.
With Holy Week and Easter soon upon us, here are some selections that work well in All-Age Worship.