Top 10 Go Fish Songs

childrens-ministry-musicIt can be hard to find good music for kids – especially when you are looking for music to use on Sunday morning. A lot of songs are just silly or are too vague and symbolic for kids.

But there is good music out there – songs that kids can understand; songs that teach kids something about God; songs that lead kids to worship.

One of the places to find great music for kids is www.gofishguys.com . As it says on their website, the Go Fish Guys offer “great music for kids that won’t drive parents bonkers.” The Go Fish Guys are a talented band that love kids and write solid, Biblical, fun songs. You can preview their songs by clicking on the music tab on their homepage.

I picked 10 songs that are great for Sunday morning. I will list the songs and why I picked them.

Here are my top 10 picks from Go Fish:

10. Lord, I Life Your Name on High
This is from the Superstar album. Go Fish did not write this song. (I remember singing this song when I was a teenager!) But they have updated it in a fresh, fun way. I like how they have incorporated “Praise Him, Praise Him” into the song. This is a great song to sing with kids! It is a song of worship for who Jesus is and what He has done. It includes the gospel and it is full of joy! This is a good bridge song for use between active songs and slower worship songs.

9. Jesus Loves Me
This is a classic Sunday School song – but the truth it proclaims is the same for each generation. The Go Fish Guys have taken this well-known song and made it new and fresh. This song is found on their Superstar album. Although Jesus Loves Me has classically been a preschool song, I wouldn’t hesitate to sing this with kids up to grade 6. They have added a bridge and some other fun elements. This is a good bridge song for use between active songs and slower worship songs.

8. I’ll Do My Best
This is a good commitment song. It is from their first album Splash. It speaks of giving our best to God. There are four verses: I will love, serve, and praise God. It is easy for kids to learn. There is a lot of repetition. It’s sung as a prayer.

7. Glory
This is an active song from the Kids Music album. It is a song about giving all the glory to God. This song reminds us of God’s love, grace, glory! Talk with your kids about what it means to give glory to God.

6. My God
This is an active song that kids will love! It’s an updated version of “My God is so Big.” Again, the Go Fish Guys have taken a classically preschool song and made it a song that all kids will love singing. The chorus is the words to the original song and the verses talk about the things that God has done. The second verse is a clear gospel focus. This is a fun song of praise highlighting our big God who can do anything!

5. Joy to the World
There are a couple Christmas songs on this list and this is the first. Joy to the World is a favorite Christmas carol and this version will quickly become a favorite with your kids! It is upbeat and full of joy! Because it is a hymn, some of the lyrics will require explanation. A new verse [or bridge] has been added.

4. It’s About the Cross
This is the second Christmas song on this list. I absolutely love this song! This song talks about all the things we love about Christmas, including celebrating the birth of Jesus. But it reminds us that it doesn’t end there. It’s about the cross. “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)  This is a slower song that calls us to worship Jesus as our mighty Savior!

3. My Father’s World
This is an upbeat, active version of the hymn, “My Father’s World.” There is a definite rock and roll sound. It might not suit everyone. As a hymn it will have words and phrases that need explanation [ex. All nature sings and round me rings the music of the spheres.] But don’t let that stop you from using this song with kids. The truth is important for kids to know – God made this world and it belongs to Him. “The Lord is King. Let the heavens ring. God reigns. Let the earth be glad!” There is a chorus added that highlights the fact that everything has been created by Him and for Him.

2. Sweet Song of Salvation/I Love to Tell the Story
This fun upbeat song is a combination of the hymn “I Love to Tell the Story,” and the song “Sweet Song of Salvation.” It is a definite favorite during kids’ worship at our church! There are words and phrases that will require explanation. This song is about telling others the story of Jesus and His death and resurrection. Everyone needs to hear about Jesus and the salvation He offers.

1. Praise Your Name
I think this is my new favorite Go Fish song. It is a bridge song to use between active songs and slower worship songs. It is sung directly to God. It is a clear, simple song of praise. The chorus says, “All I want to do is praise your name.” The verses talk about what God is like: You are holy, righteous, faithful, and sovereign. Every good thing comes from God. “No one can compare to You. You are my God. And I will ever praise You.”

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Words Matter!

 

Deep and wide

Deep and wide

There’s a fountain flowing

Deep and wide

 

I sang that song a lot when I was little. I had fun doing the actions and singing the words, but I had no idea what they meant!

Was I worshiping God when I sang that song? I don’t think so.

Worship God SignI love singing with children on Sunday morning! But we don’t just sing for the fun of it. When we sing together on Sunday it is part of our worship. Therefore the words to the songs we sing matter.

The words matter because we are singing to God.

There is something about putting words to music that helps us remember them. I remember Deep and Wide and I learned it when I was 3!

Since we remember the words we sing, we should sing songs that matter when we sing on Sunday morning.

We are singing as a form of worship and worship is about God. Worshiping God is focusing only on God.

So, what are we singing? It is truth? Is it focused on God?

Do the songs we sing help us to focus our attention on God? Do they encourage a worshipful response to God for His greatness and worth?

Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. Psalm 47:6

Because the words matter we should:

1. Look carefully at the words to the songs you are singing with kids.

When we choose songs to sing with children at church, we need to look carefully at the lyrics. Are the words full of truth? Do they help us express our worship? Does this song help us focus our attention on God? Read through all the lyrics of a song before you choose to sing it with kids.

2. Choose songs that encourage true worship. Sing songs that either express truth about God or are a worshipful response to God.

Some songs are silly or just for fun. There is nothing wrong with songs like that, however, when we sing together on Sunday, we are singing as a form of worship. So the songs need to have words that will help us to express our worship. That doesn’t mean that the songs won’t be fun to sing or that they have to be slow and pensive. Again, what matters is the words.

3. Teach that the words to the songs we sing matter.

We need to find a way to communicate what a song teaches. Take some time to talk about a new song when you introduce it. Tell the kids why you choose to teach them this song. When you are singing a familiar song, ask the kids to tell you what the song is about.

Do the kids understand what they are singing? Some songs have difficult concepts or words in them. Explain to the kids what those words or concepts mean. Understanding leads to meaningful worship.

With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord; in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him. Psalm 109:30

My husband and I love to attend the opera. Before the event we will read up on the story of that opera. We will even listen to some of the pieces within that opera. Unlike a movie, the more information and understanding you have about an opera the better your enjoyment of it. The more I understand of the story, the more I can simply focus on the music and singing.

It’s similar to worship through singing. Worship is about focusing our attention on God and giving Him the glory He deserves. The more we understand the words we are singing, the better we can focus on God and worshiping Him.

So, don’t sing anything with kids until you have explained it.

At the beginning I talked about the song Deep and Wide. It might be fun, but it has little value for young children. Instead sing this song with them, because the words matter:

Praise, praise, praise the Lord

For He is our King.

We love Him so we give Him praise

For He is our King.

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Highly Recommended Christmas Pageant

It’s that time of year to start planning for the annual Christmas pageant. If you are looking for something that is easy and doesn’t require a huge cast but is focused in the true meaning of Christmas, then I highly recommend “The Christmas County Spelling Bee.”

Here’s the description offered on the package:

Wonderful Counselor. Prince of Peace. Everlasting Father. Even a brief reflection on the names of Jesus brings power and strength to our faith. Dove award-winning writer Celeste Clydesdale has centered her newest Christmas musical, The Christmas County Spelling Bee, entirely around this theme. Set within the narrative of a lively spelling bee, this warm musical consists of nine delightful new songs, as well as the Michael W. Smith classic, “Emmanuel.” As the musical unfolds, the contestants learn more about the character and nature of our Savior.
Worshipful, bright and enjoyable, The Christmas County Spelling Bee will engage the hearts of your kids and congregation this Christmas as it reminds us that “Jesus is the only name that saves.”

Our church performed this musical last year and I was so impressed with the focus on Jesus given in all the songs and the spoken parts. This musical is set during a spelling bee and every word the children are asked to spell is one of the names of Jesus. The kids had a lot of fun performing this musical.

One gentleman approached me after the musical and told me that he had attended many Christmas pageants and musicals in his life and he has never seen a better one than this. It was gospel-focused and centered on Jesus and led those attending to worship.

Check out “The Christmas County Spelling Bee” and encourage your kids to find out more about Jesus – the only name that saves!

More information about this musical can be found at www.wordmusic.com
This musical can be purchased through your local Christian Bookstore or at amazon.ca

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Looking for Christmas Curriculum?

 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

Christmas is about Jesus, the One sent by the Father to save us from our sins. It is critical that our children learn the truth about Christmas. Christmas is a time of joy, of celebration, of hope. Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to share the gospel with our kids.

If you are looking for fun, energetic, joyful Christmas curriculum that focuses on sharing the gospel with your kids, check out “The Gift of Advent” from the Go-Fish Guys.

The Go-Fish Guys have made a name for themselves in children’s ministry circles for producing high-quality, fun, exciting, gospel-focused children’s music and now curriculum.

This video is a brief description of their brand-new Christmas curriculum.

This video is one of the songs included in the curriculum which underscores the focus on gospel truth.

For more information check out go-fish resources.

Let’s celebrate with our kids this Christmas the awesome, joyful truth that Jesus came to rescue us!

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Scripture Songs Kids Love!

I believe that Bible memory is important in the life of a Christ-follower. But Bible memory is not easy! Putting Bible verses to music is a great way to help us memorize Scripture!

Kids need motivation and encouragement as well. There is a lot of great Bible verse songs available. One recent group doing a phenomenal job is The Rizers.

The Rizers have put out 2 albums and are starting to make some really great videos as well. Their music will appeal to kids. It’s fun, pop-rock music.

If you are looking for some ideas for freshening up your Bible memory program check out The Rizers!

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