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Evaluating Your Choir Program: Children's Choirs, part 1

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 2:47:44 PM by Karol Kinard Kimmell in Assembly Song, in attendance, in children's choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in descants, in hymns, in renewal

[Editor's note: This week begins part 1 of a 2-part article by Karol Kimmell about children's choirs, with applications for all ages: this week part 1 includes attendance/scheduling, liturgy and worship suggestions, and continuing education ideas.]

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A Brief Look at Worship Planning

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 7:35:41 AM by Travis Beck in bulletin, in hymns, in journey, in Planning, in template, in texts, in worship

There’s a kernel of wisdom which has been true for me more often than not: “The journey is more important than the destination.” Unfortunately, when it comes to worship planning, something eventually has to make its way into a bulletin for Sunday morning, so we can’t just bask in the glory of the journey forever. But when time is short and worship has to get planned, it’s easy to let the destination (the bulletin) control the journey instead of the other way around. With that in mind, I’ll let you in on my own planning process and hope that it may inspire you to let the planning inform the bulletin more often than not.

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Teaching Hymns to Children

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 8:45:05 AM by James Hild in Assembly Song, in children, in hymns

One of the important jobs we do as church music directors is teaching hymns to the children in our congregation. How can we effectively do this?

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Teaching Hymns and Liturgy to the Children’s Choir

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 7:40:16 PM by Sarah Hawbecker in children, in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in hymns, in liturgy, in teach

I no longer assume that the children entering into my choir are familiar with the Lutheran liturgy and standard hymns, even Christmas carols. There are several reasons, including the lack of sacred music in the schools, families’ sporadic worship attendance, and attendance at “alternative” services. Our staff is making more deliberate efforts to encourage families to worship together regularly. I schedule our 2nd-6th grade choir to sing for worship at least once a month. One of the third grade boys recently told his mother that church was more fun when he was in the choir, because he had more to do. Yes, indeed - church is much more fun when you can participate because you have rehearsed the responses and know the hymns!

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