Top 10 Yancy Songs

It 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 music for kids is www.yancynotnancy.com. Yancy is a musician and worship leader. Her music is geared for preteen children, but some of it can be used with all kids on Sunday mornings. Yancy is fun and upbeat.

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 Yancy:

1. The Greatest Gift

This is a Christmas song, but I love it so I thought I would include it anyway. It’s important to find good Christmas music for kids as well as music for the rest of the year. This song tells the story of Jesus’ birth and focuses on the fact that He the Son of God sent to save us. It’s an upbeat, joyful song that focuses on the true reason we celebrate at Christmas.

2. For Your Glory

This song is a high energy song that proclaims the desire to live for the glory of God. It talks about how God is great and good and gives us the strength to live the way He wants us to live. It is a song of worship and commitment to live our lives for the glory of God.

3. All of Me

This song is a slower song of worship sung as a prayer.The chorus says,

“I love You. And I want to serve You and give You all of me.”

This is a great song to use with kids in teaching about worship – this song is about Jesus and our love for Him.

4. I Will Worship You

This is a slow, worshipful song that tells of our love for Jesus and desire to worship Him for His faithfulness, for being wonderful and true. This is a good song to sing with kids because it is clear and simple. It is a song of worship to God that encourages kids to sing to Him in praise.

5. Shout!

“I want to shout it out that I love Jesus! Tell the world that God is good. Sing a song that makes me happy. Shout out loud that God is good.”

The chorus is great. The verses may need a little discussion, depending on the age of your kids. This song is upbeat and fun.

6. I’m Really Happy

This is an upbeat song that is great fun. This song talks about the joy we have as followers of Jesus. This is an unapologetic kid’s song – there is shouting and jumping and fun. I like this song because it highlights the happiness found in a relationship with Jesus.

7. Every Good and Perfect Thing

This is a fun, upbeat song of thanks to our God who is always good to us.

“You are good to me all the time You guarantee. You are good to me always. No matter what is to come; when life is perfect or coming undone. You are good to me always. Every good and perfect thing comes from You.”

This is a wonderful song to sing with kids because it reminds to be thankful for all the good things God gives us. It also reminds us that God is good all the time.

8. I Love You

This is a slow song of praise. The chorus says,

“I love You. With all of my heart I love You. With all of my life I love You. With all of my dreams I love You.”

There is only 1 verse and the chorus, so it is not difficult to learn. But there are a few phrases that will need explaining especially for younger children. During the verse:

“I don’t wanna be another voice ashamed to say Your name. Jesus, You are so much greater and my life will speak Your fame.”

The way the sentence is formed may cause some confusion and there are some words that should be defined (ashamed and the phrase “life will speak Your fame.”) It’s worth taking the time to talk about the meaning of this song and then singing it together with your kids.

9. Sing Your Praises Out

In Luke chapter 19, Jesus rides into Jerusalem to the praise of the crowd. The Pharisees tell Jesus to ask His disciples to be quiet.

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

This is an upbeat song of praise to our God who is big and worthy. I really like this song. It encourages those listening to sing His praises out because this is what we were made for.

10. Be Glorified

This is a slow song sung as a prayer. The chorus says,

“Jesus, be glorified. Jesus, be lifted high in my life, in my heart.”

I like how the word glorified is explained in the next sentence as being lifted high. Glorify is a word that needs to be explained to kids and, although, we may notice the definition given, kids may not. Make the connection for them. In this song we worship God by giving God the glory He alone deserves. We worship God for his glory and exalted status.

Top 10 Uncle Charlie Songs

It 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 music for kids is www.unclecharlie.com. Uncle Charlie calls himself a music missionary to kids. He has many songs on his website available to purchase as CD’s, DVD’s, or downloads. 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 Uncle Charlie:

 

1. Happy Day

This is a joyful, high energy song. Happy Day declares that Jesus is alive! It is a celebration of the fact that Jesus has saved us from our sins and we can be forever changed because of His death and resurrection. This song requires little explanation for kids. The second verse is about meeting Jesus face to face. It would be a good idea to talk briefly about it with the kids to make sure they understand it.

2. All the Earth

This song is a song of praise to Jesus for saving us from sin. It talks about His death and resurrection. It highlights the fact that He is the King; He can be trusted to do what He says He will do; and that one day He is coming back. One day, all the earth will sing His praises. This is a good transition song when moving from high energy songs to slower songs.

3. Love the Lord

This song is about loving, serving, and praising God.

Mark 12:30 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

I love that this song takes words straight from Scripture. It is both a song of praise and a commitment to love and serve God with everything we are. This is a good transition song when moving from high energy songs to slower songs.

4. God is Great
The title says it all! In this song, we praise God because He is great! A number of God’s attributes are mentioned in this song. It also acknowledges that fact that God’s name will be praised in the entire world. A couple phrases may need to be explained: in the first verse “worshipping in Spirit and in truth;” in the second verse, “Let Your fire burn in us, that all may hear and all may see…” This is a good transition song when moving from high energy songs to slower songs.

5. Lord, Reign in Me
When you sing this song with kids, it is important that you explain that this song is about how God is the King. God is the King of everything and He is our King. This song is about understanding that God is the King and asking Him to be our King – asking God to be in charge of our lives. That what it means when it says, “Lord, reign in me.” This is a good transition song when moving from high energy songs to slower songs.

6. Majestic

Psalm 8:1 says, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

This song of praise begins with those words. It talks about how creation shows the greatness of God and that we can join creation and give our praise to God. It is upbeat and joyful. This is a good transition song when moving from high energy songs to slower songs.

7. My Best Friend
This is a fun, upbeat song about hearing about and believing in Jesus. Choosing to follow Jesus means that Jesus is our Savior and our best friend. This song expresses what we believe about Jesus. This is a commitment song that tells of our desire to follow Jesus.

8. No One Like You
This is a fast-paced, high energy song. No One Like You is a song of praise to our God who is unlike anyone or anything. It describes our God as unique, beautiful, everywhere all the time, never changing, and good. God is worthy of our worship because there is no one else like Him!

9. You Are God Alone
This is a slower worship song. It describes God as being the only God who doesn’t need anything; who has always been God and will always be God.

“You are God and that’s just the way it is.” We can be confident in the fact that God is God alone and will never change. He is in charge and we can trust in His character and goodness. Acts 17:24-25 says, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”

10. You Are Holy
This is an upbeat praise song. It can be sung as a repeat song or you can split your kids into 2 groups to sing. This song describes God’s character and talks about following and loving this holy, mighty God. In the chorus we sing many of the names of God – names that help us see what God is like and why He is worthy of our praise – Lord of lords, King of kings, Mighty God, Emmanuel, Savior, Messiah, Redeemer, Great I Am, Prince of Peace. A lot of good discussion can come out of this song – discussion that can lead to prayers of worship. This is a good transition song when moving from high energy songs to slower songs.

Good Friday – Jesus is our Mighty Savior!

On Friday, I am leading a preschool program for the Good Friday service. The program is for children ages 2-6. A number of churches get together to remember the death of Jesus and to celebrate the gift of salvation together.

I love serving with children’s ministry volunteers from other churches! I love getting to know the kids from other churches as well.

Our theme for the morning is “Jesus is our Mighty Savior!”

Through activities, games, crafts, songs, and Bible stories, we are helping the kids discover what it means that Jesus is our mighty Savior.

As they kids arrive, they will be encouraged to join an activity station. We planned activities that will get the kids thinking about our theme.

For example, one of the activities is called “Spicy Scents.” We will give each child a clump of play dough and put a few drops of lemon or peppermint extract on children’s dough, and let children knead it in. As children are working the extract into the dough, we will explain that in Bible times, people put fragrant spices on people’s bodies when they died. I love this activity because it is very hands-on and uses the sense of smell (one we don’t use very often.)

During story and singing time, we will tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, highlighting the theme that Jesus is our mighty Savior. Through the stories and the songs, we will explain what the word mighty means and what it means to be a Savior. One song we are singing is called, “Mighty, Mighty Savior!” It is a song of praise to Jesus our Savior and it does a good job of explaining what a Savior is and why we so desperately need one.

After storytime, we have planned a game and some crafts. Again, each was picked purposefully to continue highlighting our theme.

For a game, we are playing “hide the cross,” a simple hide and seek game. As the children play we will encourage them to remember that crosses help use to remember that Jesus is our mighty Savior.

When planning a special event, remember to use every opportunity to highlight the theme of the event. If you can’t explain how an activity highlights the chosen theme, then it probably should be used for this occasion.

I have mentioned before the importance of teaching 1 thing. This is true in Sunday School and in special events. Plan everything around your one theme and the children who attend your event will remember it!

Is Scripture Memory still important?

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

biblical literacyThis verse is true whether I read it in my hard copy Bible or my digital Bible. All Scripture is useful. We need to teach our kids this truth and pray that they come to love the Bible – because it is the Word of God to us.

We live in an age of unprecedented access to the Bible. I have at least 10 copies of the Bible in my house. The Bible is accessible on the internet, and on our phones. With the Bible being so easy to access, it is still important to memorize Scripture?

I believe there is huge value in memorizing Scripture and encouraging our kids to memorize Scripture. There are a number of reasons why Scripture memory is important, but I want to focus on one:

Scripture memory helps us to avoid sin; to resist temptation.

The Psalmist writes that he memorizes Scripture in order to avoid sin.

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

Even Jesus, when being tempted in the wilderness, quoted Scripture.

Children will face temptation. Our job as children’s ministry volunteers (and as parents) is to teach our children the value of memorizing Scripture in order resist temptation.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13

One piece of the full armor of God that is used to help us stand our ground is the Sword of the Spirit – the Word of God.

But do our kids need to memorize Scripture in order to use it to resist temptation? Maybe not, but in that moment when temptation comes, are they going to ask for a time out so that they can get out their phones and look up something that will help? Having the Bible so accessible is great, but it will not help in that situation if they don’t know what to look up.

However, if our children have memorized a verse that teaches them what to do when tempted, they will always have that knowledge.

“You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13),

In that moment when temptation comes, instead of asking for a time-out, our kids will remember that God has promised them a way out and ask Him to show it to them.

Scripture memory is a great tool we can give to our kids. We need to encourage them to memorize Scripture and then tell them why it is important. We need to show them the difference between having the Bible accessible and having it “hidden in our hearts.” Temptation will come – let’s give our kids the tools they need to stand their ground.

Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of Playing – Sleeping Pirates

Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of PlayingI love this game! More importantly, kids love this game!

This is a great game to play after more active games or when you want to encourage the kids to start quieting down.

I call this game sleeping pirates, but it could be anything – hedgehogs, cowboys, astronauts, lions, whatever.

This game can be played inside or outside. It requires no equipment.

Here’s How to Play:

In this game, all of the children (except one or two captains) lie down on the floor in sleeping positions. Once they are settled, they are not allowed to move. The captains walk through the room and try to make the sleeping pirates move by making them laugh, telling them jokes, and so on. The captains are not allowed to touch the sleeping pirates. Once the pirates have moved, they get up and join the captains.

Reasons Why I Love this Game:

  1. All children play at the same time. No one is left out.
  2. It is easy to learn and simple to play.
  3. It is extremely versatile – it can be played almost anywhere, requires no equipment, and can be played with almost any number of children.
  4. It is a great way to transition from game time to other activities.
  5. I love the creative way kids will choose to “sleep” and the creative ways kids will choose to try make the other players move.
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