Caught by Surprise

Jess RayKids, Ministry, Multigenerational, WorshipLeave a Comment

Why was I so surprised? I scanned our choir room, taking in the sight of 35+ kids perched on the edges of their chairs. I was sitting alongside them as a helper, singing along to the songs Dave and I had recorded months earlier. As a brand new worship song filled the room, they started singing along – almost immediately … Read More

#imsonotfine

Jess RayFamily, Kids, Music, MusingsLeave a Comment

His excited grin. Plump cheeks. His tiny hands clutching the obligatory “My First Day of Kindergarten” sign.  Facebook memories had done it again. I sat at the breakfast table and scrolled through pictures of my now 6th-grade son’s first day of “big” school. These photos carried me back momentarily to a time when his shoes weren’t bigger than mine and I still stashed … Read More

3 Reasons Your Church Needs a Children’s Worship Choir

David RayKids, Ministry, Music, Musings, Resources, WorshipLeave a Comment

Over the course of my childhood, children’s choir was an important part of my introduction to singing, leading worship, and faith. My debut performance in a church children’s musical was in No Fibbin’ Mephibosheth as the eponymous character, the biblical “Tiny Tim.” Then there was the somewhat insensitively titled Fat, Fat Jehoshaphat where I played the priest Jahaziel. But this … Read More

Why Fathers Cry at Their Daughters’ Weddings

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It wasn’t until after our daughter was born that I realized exactly why fathers cry at their daughters’ weddings. I was rocking our daughter late one night as the rest of the world slept and I realized that one day as we walked down an aisle together I would be remembering this moment. I would be remembering her tiny fingers … Read More

The Major Shift in Worship and Children’s Ministry that No One Is Talking About

David RayFamily, Kids, Ministry, Multigenerational, Preschool, Worship6 Comments

A cosmic paradigm shift has occurred in the worship and children’s ministries of many churches. And though somehow this shift seems to have occurred under the radar, church leaders are awakening to its true significance. For a large and vital segment of our congregations, the role of worship leader has been transferred out of the worship ministry and given to … Read More