When you're choosing Easter songs for children to sing, what kind of thing should you be looking for? Easter is such an important celebration, reminding us of the amazing events of Jesus' death and resurrection. The Bible is full of wonderful things to learn about Easter and all the Jesus has done, and we want to reflect that in the songs we sing together.
Here are four aspects of Easter that we can sing about, with some ideas for songs:
Words from the Good News Translation, © American Bible Society
Adapted by Clare Heath-Whyte
With songs from maynardsgroovytunes.co.uk
This is a simple Nativity Play, designed to be the central part of an All-Age event, such as a "Family Carol Service". Surround it with some Carols, some prayers, and a short Bible talk about the Good News of Jesus, and you've got your service! It's tried and tested, and takes only a couple of rehearsals to set up. Hope you can use it!
The Bible events are narrated and acted out in 4 scenes, with children coming together to sing songs between each scene. The play is fairly simple, with most speaking done by one or more Narrators, who should be older children or young people who can cope with the amount of speaking. Younger children can take the other parts, which have only small (and memorable) amounts of speaking.
The information on this site is also in this pdf file available from Maynard's Groovy Bible Tunes: Simple Nativity Play PDF
With Christmas approaching quickly, it's time to choose the songs you'd like your Children's Church or Sunday School to sing at the Carol Service - but how will you make your choice?
Listening to children singing at Christmas services, it sometimes sounds like they're just performing a song that adults want to hear.
They're performing: that is, they're doing a beautiful job, but it's a performance which we'll clap, it's not them enjoying celebrating Jesus' birth in song.
It's a song the adults want to hear: lovely children all dressed beautifully singing sweetly... But what kind of music do they enjoy themselves? What kind of music do the kids sing round the house?
At various times during the year, Christians like to zoom in on special events in Jesus' life, and important celebrations in the church's life.
Of course, Christmas and Easter are the biggest and best festivals, celebrating Jesus' birth, and then his amazing death and resurrection for us. Another favourite is Harvest, when we say "Thank you!" to God for his wonderful provision of food.
At these times, its great to have special songs for children to sing in church, or in their Sunday schools and clubs, midweek clubs and school assemblies. We all need songs for kids that are based on the Bible and take it seriously, while still being great fun to sing and memorable. We need songs that can be part of a church's worship together, as well as being enjoyable to sing in the car on the way home. That's what we've got here - not so many you'll be confused, but just enough great songs to help you out.
All the songs are available in a variety of forms - Sheet Music in PDF format, as MP3 downloads (both full tracks and backing tracks), and on good-old audio CDs.