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All-age Worship

by BIG Ministries
I’m so passionate about all-age worship, and believe it should give us all (including adults and introverts!) a safe place to be who we are, to figure out how we fit in the body of Christ, and an uplifting forum to worship however we find the most comfortable.
I don’t believe...
Posted at 10:03am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

How Does Play Help With All-age Worship?

by BIG Ministries
In the same way that play unites cultures and abilities, our worship should bring all God’s people (of all ages) together with the common purpose of worshipping him.
Like play, all-age worship should be exciting and compel others to join in! We worship God because we can’t help ourselves, it’s the overflow...
Posted at 10:03am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

What Is Playing All About?

by BIG Ministries
Play can unite people from different cultures, backgrounds and linguistic ability. It doesn’t require us to be able to read, write or have a wide vocabulary.
Play is exciting and compels others to join in! As children, we don’t play because we have to, we play because we just can’t help ourselves. It’s completely...
Posted at 10:02am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Playing At Worship

by BIG Ministries
All-age worship is perhaps a bit like Marmite… you either love it or hate it. Well, I love it! It often gets a bad press, but I hope that with a bit of a re-think we can re-envision and inspire our churches by re-imagining it.
While researching for my dissertation (on all-age worship)...
Posted at 10:02am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Top Tip - Space To Pray

by Doug Horley
The end of a quiet song is a great place to pause and pray over the children and to ask the Holy Spirit to come and speak to them. I keep that quiet moment going by playing some chords on an instrument in the same key as the song or by...
Posted at 10:01am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship, Prayer

Top Tip - Do Fewer Songs More Often

by Doug Horley
It takes time for children to learn actions and the first time I do an action song with them they sometimes don’t sing. If you sing the song a few times over a period of weeks they’ll get to know the song and will start singing along. When you hear them, encourage...
Posted at 10:01am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Top Tip - No Big Gaps

by Doug Horley
Don’t have big gaps between the songs as you’ll lose the children’s attention quickly.
Posted at 10:00am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Top Tip - Don't Make It Too Long

by Doug Horley
Two or three faster songs and then a quieter song can make for a great worship time.
Posted at 10:00am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Action Songs Top Tip - Use An Instrument

by Doug Horley
I haven’t found a way to play guitar and do the actions at the same time (!) so if you play an instrument get some of the team to do the actions with you. If you don’t play then see if you can involve your adult worship leader and utilise their...
Posted at 09:59am on 18th March 2013
Tags: Actions, All-age worship

Top Tip - Be Dynamic!

by Doug Horley
If you stand at the front and look like a wet Wednesday then don’t be surprised if the children all look the same! Throw yourself into it 100% and ask the rest of the children’s leaders to join you. It’s important that the whole team realises they are role models for the...
Posted at 09:55am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Top Tip - Practice

by Doug Horley
Worship leading is a skill and skill develops through practice. Spend time learning the actions before you have a go at doing the song with the children.
Posted at 09:54am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Leading Worship Using Action Songs

by Doug Horley
Firstly it’s important to acknowledge that children of all ages really can worship. Psalm 8 verse 2 says “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise…”. How amazing is that! God wants children of all ages to praise and worship him. Our job is to help them do just that. What a...
Posted at 09:49am on 18th March 2013
Tags: Actions, All-age worship

Top Tip - Satisfying

by Ishmael
The all-age meeting (done well) is one of the most satisfying meetings of all… take it from an old timer!
Posted at 09:49am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Top Tip - Ways To Worship

by Ishmael
Be honest, we all enjoy seeing adults worship with their hands in the air but many children nowadays may not be so naturally expressive as their parents. They can still be worshipping without any visible physical manifestation. Some may stand still and just sing, tiny ones may jump up and down. We must...
Posted at 09:48am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Top Tip - Songs

by Ishmael
Of course it’s good to include a couple of fun songs with actions, but the best worship songs are the simple ones with very strong melody lines. How can we decipher a strong melody line? Easy! If we can whistle it after listening to it twice, it’s strong! We must not be afraid to...
Posted at 09:47am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Top Tip - Focus

by Ishmael
Whilst our hearts are focused on God, our eyes need to be looking for a child near the front, maybe around 8 years old. Of course similarly with adults there are some children who will not be interested in worship music, but if we look carefully during our first song, we...
Posted at 09:46am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Top Tip - Children

by Ishmael
Although the all-age meeting needs to be ‘light’ and ‘full of fun’ it’s a great opportunity to help teach children how to worship alongside adults. Many children will know how to have fun when singing great Ish and Duggie songs and sometimes it’s the adults that need help to loosen up! At...
Posted at 09:44am on 18th March 2013
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My Thoughts After A Lifetime Of Pioneering All-age Worship

by Ishmael
OK! No messing… as a fellow worship leader/musician I’ve discovered that this is without doubt the most challenging meeting to get right! All-age worship at Spring Harvest is slightly different than in a local church. At a Spring Harvest all-age meeting all we have to do is to sing songs that the children...
Posted at 09:40am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

A Note For Those Leading All-age Worship

by BIG Ministries
Remember you are leading worship:
ALWAYS be enthusiastic and enjoy it (still being yourself!)
NEVER be apologetic for what you’re leading – people won’t want to join in.
NEVER separate items with lines like ‘now we’re going to sing a children’s song’ or ‘here’s one for the Oldies’ which immediately alienates everyone else.
 
So…...
Posted at 09:40am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Planning All-age Worship - Is It Inclusive?

by BIG Ministries
Here’s a brief checklist of things to think about when you’re planning and leading a time of all-age worship. Look at each individual item, and the programme as a whole, and think…
Is it inclusive?

Does any activity alienate people, if so can we change it?
Posted at 09:39am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Planning All-age Worship - It Is Interactive?

by BIG Ministries
Here’s a brief checklist of things to think about when you’re planning and leading a time of all-age worship. Look at each individual item, and the programme as a whole, and think…
Is it interactive?

Is it moving quickly enough? (variety is crucial). As a general rule, aim for each...
Posted at 09:38am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Planning All-age Worship - Is It Appropriate?

by BIG Ministries
Here’s a brief checklist of things to think about when you’re planning and leading a time of all-age worship. Look at each individual item, and the programme as a whole, and think…
 
Is it appropriate?

Is what I’m planning simple and clear? (it should be). Remember ‘simple and clear’ doesn’t...
Posted at 09:37am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

A Beautiful Time

by BIG Ministries
All-age worship is a beautiful opportunity for the whole family of God to come together to worship the God they love… and yet often it doesn’t feel all that ‘beautiful’, many even avoid it! What does it take to create a beautiful time of genuine worship for everyone?
Picture if you will...
Posted at 09:27am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Rock The Place

by Simon Parry
Yeah! Have a great time in worship. Yes, if you are blessed with musicians and full bands, use them. Put together a kids’ choir, have people lead dance on the stage, make space for the congregation to move or even – brace yourself – dance! Worshipping God is one of the best things we...
Posted at 09:27am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Don't Be Afraid To Lead

by Simon Parry
I don’t like getting lost and I don’t get on with maps. So, on most journeys, my wife will use the map and tell me where to turn. Without her leading me in the car, who knows where we might end up. It’s the same in all-age worship. Be prepared to lead. Direct and encourage...
Posted at 09:26am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Make It Interactive

by Simon Parry
There’s nothing worse than watching paint dry. So don’t just sing and speak to the congregation – include them! Get them involved in the worship; get them to respond in the worship; sketches, talks and games. Invite members up to take part. Have interviews or pre film clips with people from the congregation. Why not...
Posted at 09:25am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Make It Accessible

by Simon Parry
Don’t forget everyone. There will be people of all ages, so try and choose songs that people not only know but are able to worship to. This might be a great time to teach a new song or highlight a song that the children love to worship with. Try and mix up well-loved...
Posted at 09:25am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Be Honourable

by Simon Parry
Have as much fun as you can with everyone – but don’t forget those that might find the celebration difficult. Ensure they feel included whether by leading something, being on a team or maybe having a place as part of the worship or service. Try not to alienate anyone – so if...
Posted at 09:24am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Be Creative

by Simon Parry
Why not make a small stage set, hire some lights, buy some balloons, stick a logo on the kick drum, or introduce some ‘characters’ into your celebration. You could encourage some of your kids and youth to join with the band. Why not put together a kids/youth choir. Why not mix the service...
Posted at 09:20am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Be Totally Inclusive

by Simon Parry
I love cola bottle sweets. But I know if I had a whole bag of them, not only would I be ill but also get bored of the same. That’s why I get some of those yummy pink shrimp ones too! Don’t just aim it at one area of church. Try and include everyone! Don’t have...
Posted at 09:19am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Think Big!

by Simon Parry
One of the things I love doing is thinking big. Why not! If people never though big, would we have the telephone, hydrogen cars or a microwave? Don’t be limited to what’s always been. Even with a small modest budget you can make a hall or stage look great. Buy some balloons, t-shirts for the...
Posted at 09:18am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship

Think Fresh!

by Simon Parry
There’s nothing quite like hearing a new song on the radio that makes you want to tap the gear lever in the car while you’re driving. We all like new fresh things. So let’s work on keeping our all-age worship fresh. Don’t keep hold of things because they have ‘always been’. Step out and...
Posted at 09:18am on 18th March 2013
Tags: All-age worship