Top tip - children

by Ishmael
Posted at 09:44am on 18th March 2013

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 Spring Harvest we get the chance to have some of the more well-known worship leaders to help us, but at home we can all benefit from the values we see presented at Spring Harvest.

Spring Harvest is a wonderful opportunity to encourage children in worship and to show them how music can really help them to praise and get closer to God. I tend not to concentrate on playing to the adults at Spring Harvest because they have plenty of opportunity during the event to enjoy adult worship. So I take the time to simplify everything and encourage the children and adults to worship together. We really want the guests to experience an all-age meeting that they can emulate back in their local church settings.

Ishmael has been travelling internationally in a full-time capacity as a musician since 1970.  He has written and recorded over 500 songs, released over 40 albums of his and other writers' songs, and has produced 15 of these.  He has also released 5 music DVDs and written many books, some of which have been translated into German, Dutch, Czech, Danish and Romanian.  He has appeared on national television and radio many times.  Ishmael was ordained into the Anglican Church in 2007 and is now licensed to Chichester Cathedral as their  'Deacon Missioner' and is affectionately known to the Bishop, Dean and Chapter and congregation as 'Deacon Ish'.  He was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2008 but is now in remission having completed chemotheraphy treatment in August 2010.  After 3 years of chemotherapy and hospital visits, a whole new ministry has opened up.  He has now become a volunteer chaplain and visits his hold haematology ward at least once a week, and travels far and wide to visit cancer sufferers to encourage and pray for them.