This picture makes my heart so happy because it is every children and youth choir from my church singing together in one night leading our congregation in song. My church is committed to doing what it takes to build and keep choir for all ages and to that I am so thankful. It’s a huge reason we love our church. Investing in kids is investing in the future. I know that it takes many people to make it work, and it is not easy. But they do it. And they keep doing it. And my heart is reliving what I had the opportunity to be a part of as a child as I watch my son love being able to take part in it.
In recent years, I have noticed many churches don’t have children and youth choirs like they used to. There are many reasons for that taking place. For some churches, they don’t have the leadership to build and keep a program like that for kids. For others, they focus solely on praise teams which in turn, leave out most everyone because there is no choir at all. It’s totally focused on the singers singing and leading and a small band. Not wrong. Just a big part of believers being able to be awakened to their gifts of song are not afforded the opportunity to know or grow them. And some churches let the people dictate how they will conduct choir practices based on letting the busyness of the church members lives lead to less practice and in turn less singing in the choir loft on Sunday mornings. I heard of a church where I used to attend in college where the choir that used to sing every Sunday, now only sings once a month because no one really wants to practice or keep the commitment up.
Singing in children’s and youth church choir is how I fell in love with Jesus at such a young age. It’s why I love choir and worshipping through song to this very day as an adult. Experience upon experience from a small child all the way through adulthood are precious memories to me even still. Songs, I sung as a child and youth still remember hum around in my head like:
“Isn’t amazing what a prayer can do?” ( youth choir)
” This is the day that the LORD has made” (children’s choir)
“Oh, how I love Jesus!” (preschool choir)
“People Need the LORD.” (youth choir)
And these aren’t just songs. They are songs filled with truth that replay in my head even as an adult today. Sometimes they will pop into my head out of nowhere and minister to me. Remind me of truth. Remind me how long I have been walking with Jesus. That’s what truth through song does… it ministers to your heart long after you outside the walls of the church on Sunday morning. It brings you back to the face of God.
For any parent who wonders, “Why should I make my child sing in church choir?”
Here’s why it’s important:
- Church Choir teaches Children and Youth to Call Upon God’s Name and Give thanks:
Psalm 105:1-2 says,
“Oh Give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.”
Do you see the calling on His name?
Do you see the proclaiming his truth?
Singing provides the opportunity to put truth into action.
- Church Choir teaches children and youth commitment to God matters:
By attending choir weekly, kids learn consistency matters and that God is to be given priority over other activities. This sets a routine for them to know and become part of the fabric of their faith as an adult.
- Church Choir Combines Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength”
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with
all your strength and with all your mind’ Luke 10:27
Singing truth combines all the elements of loving God. When you love someone, you give them your time. When you hear truth and then you sing it, it goes down into your heart. Over time, as a child, along with bible study and the Holy Spirit calling you to Jesus, singing truth brings you to salvation. And because singing is physical, it uses your strength. It takes a lot of energy to sing and I find the more you sing, the greater the energy you have after singing than when you first began to sing. There are many weeks where I physically have nothing left on Wednesday night for practice, and then I go to choir practice and find myself overjoyed when I leave.
Why is that? Because I have been fully engaged mentally, spiritually and physically with the God of my salvation.
Notice the verse below from Revelation 7:9-11:
9After this I looked and saw a multitude too large to count, from every nation and tribe and people and tongue, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “- Salvation to our God, who sits onthe throne, and to the Lamb!” 11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. And they fell facedown before the throne and worshiped God,…
- Church Choir