Is your church planning a big Easter Egg Hunt this year?
Last year, we did a station-based event and this year, we’re planning on using an idea from Ministry to Children. With this plan, kids will work together with their parents to complete a resurrection booklet and make their own set of resurrection eggs. To finish off their experience, they will be visiting Miss Lindsey’s Moving Picture and Song Station (that’s me!) where they’ll watch this cool Easter Video and sing some songs before being showered with candy.
Here’s what’s on our playlist for the big day!
Hosanna Rock from Yancy’s Little Praise Party
O Happy Day from Radio the World (Tru Curriculum)
I’ve Got The Joy by Go Fish Guys
Ain’t No Rock
Big House by Uncle Charlie
1,2,3 Jesus is Alive by Yancy (found a cool video at Worship House Kids to go along with this)
What’s on YOUR playlist?
Leave me a comment and tell me about it!
Are you ready for some tunes from Yancy? I have to say, I’m a pretty new convert to Yancy’s music — but we’ve been loving what we’ve used so far. This new album is described as “all about making Jesus loud in your life.” Some of the songs include: “Not Ashamed”, “Better Than the Best Thing”, “Be Careful” and “Our God Reigns”.
I took a listen to these 12 new songs and I’m a fan. Yancy’s style of music is the perfect style for pre-teens or older in worship or for listening as a family in the car. Sometimes I find it hard to use her stuff in our worship time because we have younger kids (our group starts at age 4), but we often use the videos as transition pieces and the kids really like the material. Still, there are probably 3-4 songs that all our kids could pick up on pretty easily. I like how the “Jesus message” is loud and clear in this album and the music points to God. We actually used the “Better than the Best Thing” song during our Summer Blast program and the kids still beg for that song!
The videos are a lot of fun too — original and engaging to look at, but not too distracting. I especially like the “As Long as I Live” video where the little music notes are dancing across a rumpled piece of paper. Very fun.
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Recently I stumbled upon the K5 Kids through their twitter account. I’m always on the lookout for great Christian kids music, so I wrote to all the K5 Kids and asked for a review copy of their CD. I quickly got an e-mail back from Mr. Jon who graciously agreed to not only send me a review copy but also give away copies for some of the parents in our ministry. I received both the Toby Mac CD and the Newsboys CD.
Each CD contains hot songs from popular Christian artists sung by the K5 Kids. For example , the Toby Mac CD contains tracks like “Lose my Soul”, and “City on our knees” as well as 10 original tracks.
- Good variety of upbeat and slower songs
- Great quality of music
- Appealing to a wide age group. My 2 year old liked the sound of these CD’s and it was easy for me to listen to as well. I know elementary kids and preteens would dig it too.
- Popular songs and originals. I like that the first tracks on the CD’s are popular songs that kids have probably heard on the radio — gets them engaged right away. Then later, there are some new songs for them to learn.
- Easy to listen to — I had these CD’s playing for a whole day when I first got them and they didn’t get on my nerves at all. If you’ve ever listened to kids music, you know this is not always the case!
- Positive, Christ-centered message
- Perfect mix for a ride in the car
- First Impression: I started with the Newsboys CD and the first track is Shine. Now, personally I’m a fan of both Newsboys and the Shine song, but I don’t know if kids singing about “vegetarian barbecuing hamster” is really appropriate. It suddenly reminded me of the Kidz Bop CDs… just because you have kids sing the song does not make the song appropriate for kids. Maybe this track was chosen because it is so widely known, but I think a little more thought could have gone into the song choices.
- Auto Tune: There’s a LOT of this going on. Again, I’m a fan of auto tune, even when used with adults, but I know many people are not. Even I got a little tired of the metallic sounding voices after a little while.
- Not good for Children’s Ministry — because many of these songs are popular songs designed for the radio, they aren’t really conducive for congregational or kids’ church singing. Now, they are perfect for families to play at home or in the car, but I was hoping for something a little simpler so I could use it in my ministry.
If you’re a parent looking for a last-minute gift for your elementary age or preteen kid, this just may be the ticket. It would also be great for all those nieces or nephews.. you know the ones that you don’t really know what to buy for! All kids love music and this music is easy for anyone to get into — whether they are a Christian or not. What a perfect way to sneak the love of of Jesus into their life. :) The Christmas album is only $4.99, so head on over to the K5 website and order yours today!
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