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One of my favorite things to do is to create resources that churches can use. Seriously, it brings me so much joy to write, dream, and create songs, videos, and more that churches can use to
reach people. It’s one of the most fulfilling and fruitful things that I do. Media is an every day part of a kid’s world, and there are a lot of creative and engaging tools out there that the church can use to help reach kids. Why do churches worship the same way every week? Why only use the same elements in your services? One of the places I turn to when I need creative elements to add to one of my concert events or the student ministry service I serve on a creative team at my church is WorshipHouse Kids and it’s sister site, WorshipHouse Media. Whether you’re looking for a song video with live lyrics or need a countdown, this is the place. There are also many short videos that can take the place of a live drama and help you underline your teaching point and illustrate the theme you’re talking about. You can use these videos as an intro to your teaching too. I especially love the seasonal content they offer. I’ve used their materials at Easter and Christmas and have some personal favorites like one titled What Is Christmas About. Yes, ’tis the season to start thinking about Christmas!
Aside from being a customer of WorshipHouse, I have been so blessed to partner with WorshipHouse Kids over the past few years as a producer to sell ALL of my song videos (both the live lyric style videos from my albums “Jesus Music Box”, “Rock-N-Happy Heart”, etc., the animated/cartoon style “Little Praise Party” videos, and the worship transition videos of “Connect the Dots” I released this year as a tool for leading worship.) The best part is you can download these videos anytime. 24/7 you can search and preview content, find what fits your need and then download it and have it ready for your next service. I am really grateful to have won their customer choice award the past two years, too, for the most downloaded kids products. Woo hoo! Awards are cool, but thinking of the lives represented watching and singing along to those videos is what will make you want to do a happy dance. I truly love helping equip churches to reach people. I’m so grateful for how WorshipHouse Kids is helping do that very thing. They help me make the videos available to you through their site. If you have never visited their site, I encourage you to check it out. Enter in a keyword you’re going to be talking about or teaching….see what content they have to help you step up your programming and production. I think you’ll like what you find.
In a few weeks I’ll be starting this year’s SuperStart tour. It’s a two-day event for preteen students. I’m happy to say that WorshipHouse Kids is one of my tour sponsors helping make it possible for me to do these events. Please help me say thank you to them for their support by logging on and downloading a video or two or three. It’s important that we put our best foot forward as we share Jesus with kids and families. Using media, video, story, and creative visuals will help you step up your game. It all goes back to lives impacted with the gospel. Jesus said in Matthew 9:37-38, “A large crop is in the fields, but there are only a few workers. Ask the Lord in charge of the harvest to send out workers to bring it in.” There are thousands to be touched with the love of Jesus. We need to go and use all available tools to gather the harvest before us.
My friends over at WorshipHouseKids asked me to share some of my favorite videos. I picked a few of my favorites from others and of my own. You can see, preview and download them all here.
Here’s WHY I picked the songs I chose…
MY PICKS OF OTHERS:
1. Happy and You Know It by Amber Sky Records http://www.worshiphousekids.com/song-tracks/28949/Happy-And-You-Know-It
One of my favorite songs! It’s a super fun one to kick off a service with or do anytime you need a song that is filled with energy. I love it because it demands participation!
2. Let It Be Known by iWorship http://www.worshiphousekids.com/song-tracks/39131/Let-It-Be-Known
I recently discovered this song and fell in love right away. It’s a great praise song. Simple lyrics and melody-you’ll be singing along quickly! A true winner.
3. This Love by Amber Sky Records http://www.worshiphousekids.com/song-tracks/34743/This-Love
The first time I heard this song was in Australia and I immediately knew it would be a great song to do with kids. I love a group of kids shouting that they are in love with Jesus. This song rocks and sings Jesus’ praise…it’s a true winner!
4. Psalm 100: 1&2 by The Rizers http://www.worshiphousekids.com/song-tracks/31926/Psalm-100-12-Make-A-Joyful-Noise
The Rizers have super fun scripture music. I love this one from the book of Psalms. The fun song rocks and teaches kids about praise as they sing the word of God. Super cool.
5. Trust & Obey by Uncle Charlie http://www.worshiphousekids.com/song-tracks/24015/Trust-And-Obey
I’ve always loved this worship song originally by Hillsong Kids. Teaching kids to worship is huge for me and this song is filled with a great confession: “I will follow You, where You’re leading me.” May that be our prayer each and every day.
MY PICKS OF MY CATALOG:
1. Not Ashamed http://www.worshiphousekids.com/song-tracks/36886/Not-Ashamed
WIth so many voices in our lives telling us to be quiet in our faith I love giving kids an opportunity to stand up, shout and be bold about their faith. I wrote this song for that very reason. The chorus is super easy and the whole room will be rocking out that “I’m not ashamed to say the name of Jesus!” Woo hoo… that’s what I’m talking about!
2. Better Than the Best Thing http://www.worshiphousekids.com/song-tracks/36884/Better-Than-The-Best-Thing
I love finding songs that have simple, easy parts that people can singalong with first try. This praise song has proven to be one of those songs originally by Amber Sky Records. I recorded a version on my latest CD and I love it’s message!
3. I Love You http://www.worshiphousekids.com/song-tracks/22385/I-Love-You
This is a powerful worship song that people catch on to quickly which is a huge win. I love leading this song and watching even the oldest boys in the class join in, lift their hands and sing “I love you” to Jesus. Ah, I get chills just thinking of it.
4. Thank You http://www.worshiphousekids.com/mini-movies/37973/Thank-You
I made a series of transition and segue videos called “Connect the Dots”. This one is one of my favorites. It’s so easy for us to get consumed with our life that we forget to say thank you to the one who gives us all good things. This is a powerful video to help teach that one of our responses in worship times and to show our thanks and gratitude to the Lord.
5. Our God Reigns http://www.worshiphousekids.com/song-tracks/36888/Our-God-Reigns
Kids are the best worshippers out there. Some kids just need to be given the opportunity to worship. This is a very simple chorus that’s repetitive. The bridge features a version of the Lord’s prayer.
Yesterday, I celebrated the 18th anniversary of my first concert. August 16, 1995 is a day permanently etched in my mind. See, let me explain the scenario. A just turned fifteen year old girl who had a dream to do music was asked by her youth pastor to do a concert for the youth group. That spring God had put it in his heart to do what he could to help me see my dream come true. I served my church on the worship team of the youth group, college and career group and even kids ministry. I sang and played piano. Aside from my worship team responsibilities the most I ever I did was sing offering specials, one song at a time. So doing a concert and talking in between songs, etc. was a big deal for this girl. My youth pastor, Jeff Ables, obeyed an invitation from God and it changed my life forever. Sure, without his help I was still on a path to do music and probably one day eventually would do so but my youth pastor helped me move from neutral into drive. The date was scheduled, the songs were chosen, the singers and band would rehearse. My amazing piano teacher, Willie Davis, who was Carman’s music director back when that was a very cool thing helped me plan what to say, where to stand, etc. That Wednesday instead of our normal youth service I got to start living my dream. I even did two original songs that night. The wheels were now turning. In the year that would follow I would make my first 2 song recording and start doing other events around my community. By August of 1997 I was recording my first CD and getting ready to hit the road and tour at churches and youth groups all around. The rest of the story is the journey that leads me to where I am today.
As I was reminiscing yesterday on the anniversary of such a special day in my life I was reminded of so many different people that impacted my life as a teenager. And I realized why I believe in student ministry so much. People impact people. Andy Stanley said it best when he said “Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.” I have amazing parents and I know that. I’m super grateful for them and their investment, love and support of me always. Looking back I understand that there were other voices too, other people I looked up to and who believed in me. Each week they invested and spent time with me. Their challenging questions about how I was growing in my relationship with God that may have felt uncomfortable at the time all shaped me into who I am today. There were so many adults that planted seeds in me. They helped water those seeds with their words to help me realize who God had made me to be and what He had called me to do. I would not be here without them. I want to say a big thank you to just a few of those people: Lucinda Farrington, Johnnie Hampton, Kelly Williams, Carolyn Dudley, Joel & Jennifer Scrivner, Hugo & Michelle Montes, Ric Larson, Scott Sunday. I truly say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the difference maker you were to my life. You helped raise me up. You contributed to the kingdom of God by doing so. I could never repay you but know you make my heart very full and I’m grateful.
This is why I believe in student ministry. ”Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.” I was raised by not just my parents and not just my pastors but volunteers in my church. People that gave up their time to speak into my life. They helped show me what a Christian looks like. They encouraged me that God did have a plan for my life. They spoke words of life into my heart. I am who I am today because of these fine people and so many more.
Each week I serve at my church in the high school ministry. I help lead worship and help lead a campus group. I hope that I can impact at least one student the way others impacted me. This is how we the kingdom of God grows and flourishes. Never underestimate the time you invest in others. Even when it feels mundane and meaningless I can assure you it is treasure chest of blessing to somebody in your world. Keep giving to others. Keep speaking into the lives of the next generation. Keep being an example of Jesus to your world. This ministry may be your finest achievement in the end and that seems like a mighty good thing to me.
With a grateful heart,
You may or may not be familiar with Worship House Media. They have a website that is amazing for churches. On their site they offer all kinds of different video media from countdowns to sermon bumpers and funny skits that feature great content for church services. They have a sister site called http://www.worshiphousekids.com and feature all of my live lyric videos for worship and Little Praise Party videos. I recently got word that for the second year in a row (insert excited scream!) I won their “Producer Awards Customers’ Choice for WorshipHouseKids”. This is based on sales and well, my Little Praise Party song “Father Abraham” won the award this year! Woo hoo…..that’s pretty awesome! I’m gonna go do my little happy dance now.
In all seriousness I love creating resources the church can use. Anytime I find out that a church, and therefore the flock at the church represented, is being impacted by my music I am humbled and grateful. I love knowing that I’m helping to make a difference and teach a new generation about the amazing love of Jesus!
Yesterday, I received a humbling email and I want to share it with you. Although this story shares about me I want you to realize that we all have stories that are like these. As you serve others each day, through the way you treat others, the words you speak and the smiles you display you are Jesus to this world. Never underestimate even the simplest of tasks and things that may seem mundane. You just never know how close someone in your life is to taking their last breath. You through your life make a difference in this world as you plant seeds for the kingdom of God that will never fail and never fade for eternity.
Be encouraged today,
My name is Kevin Barnard and I am the minister at Powersville Christian Church in Brooksville, KY. We conducted our VBS in late June this year with the theme of God’s Big Backyard. We had several neighborhood kids there all week, and would never have expected the story that would follow for one family.
Two weeks after VBS, a house fire would claim the lives of 5 family members in our community. The father escaped with injuries, but the mother, 2 teens, and 2 children would loose their lives in that fire. The 2 children, along with 1 teen brother, were involved with our VBS each night. Although they never attended on Sunday’s, we could always count on them being around at VBS.
You always wonder what impact you have on the kids, and if they learned from the lessons, crafts, and songs. As I met with this family to plan their memorial service, an aunt commented on how Emily was singing “God’s Big Backyard” all the way home from a camping trip 4 days before the accident. It was a seed that God planted in her heart and now she is experiencing the greatness of God’s backyard in Heaven.
I wanted to share this story with you, and thank you for the songs that plant God’s Word into hearts and minds of children. They made an impact on this young girl’s life, and our prayer is that your ministry will continue to impact more lives of kids everywhere.
Keep up the good work, and from our hearts…Thank You!
I just finished performing at a rockin’ VBS in Alabama this past week where they had a great idea to help advertise the family concert. To make sure that parents got the information about the concert, they put a sticker on each child advertising the event right before the parents picked them up. I think this is a great idea for #kidmin and I’m sure you can all think of about a million other ways you could use this with your kids!