Music for VBS
by Molly Shorter
The school year has come to an end and summer break has begun. If you're in children's ministry, you know that summer break means Vacation Bible School is coming up.
For musicians, Vacation Bible School means learning lots of "kids' songs" to lead during assembly time.
Did I hear a sigh?
Now before you check out and stop reading I want to remind you of a truth from God's Word. Jesus made it very clear how He felt about ministering to children. Mark 10: 13-16 says, "And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them." (ESV)
Wow! The Son of God, King of kings and Lord of lords welcomes children into His presence! And we need to follow His example.
So, back to learning music for the kids for VBS. If you haven't been asked to lead the music I encourage you to volunteer. Most children's ministry directors are in desperate need of more volunteers, especially for VBS. If you have already been asked to help with the music then I have some song suggestions for you.
Some of these songs are "kids' songs" and some are just great songs that kids will enjoy singing. Most have various key options and background options to fit any voice.
Friend of God by Israel Houghton
Rooftops by Jesus Culture
Jesus Loves Me by Chris Tomlin
Jesus Knows Me (This I Love) by Daywind Kidz
I'm Gonna Praise The Lord by Daywind Kidz
Big House by Audio Adrenaline
Open Up The Heavens by Meredith Andrews
Thrive by Casting Crowns
I'm Just A Child Of The King by Daywind Kidz
Live My Life For You by PureNRG
This Little Light Of Mine by Daywind Kidz
Check these songs out! Find some that you enjoy and you could lead easily. And I encourage you, with joy in your heart, go and serve the Lord by serving those kids. Let's follow the example that Jesus set for us and welcome them to come and lead them to Jesus.
Molly Shorter is full-time musician and worship leader in the service of her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. She works with church musicians, giving them opportunities to develop and use their God-given musical gifts for His honor and glory.
Along with leading a large worship team, she is also a teacher to budding musicians, a playwright and theater director, a composer, and the writer of your enouragement here at Christwill Music.