Art and craft of involving young people in Christian worship from kiwiconnexion

Art and craft of involving young people in Christian worship from kiwiconnexion


Hi I’m David Bell Welcome to episode 5 of 6 on how worship leaders
can engage young people in creative worship. Let’s cut to the chase. Here’s a story for very little children maybe
aged two to three. It lasts just a couple of minutes. Afterwards a quick tutorial on how to use
some of the resources if you are registered on our website kiwiconnexion.nz
#kiwiconnexion The many mysteries of Bonnie the Cat Bonnie the Cat washed, and stretched, and slept. She never seemed to do much at all. Until she disappeared up the path and around the bend for hours on end. Max wanted to know, where did Bonnie go? He tried to follow, But was always just a little bit too slow. Max thought he heard the cicadas call for Bonnie to play ball. But when he leapt over the fence to inspect,
there was nothing there but a tatty old net. He thought he spied Bonnie playing cards in
the yard with the mice. And why not? For they always seemed so nice. But when he crawled into a nook for a closer
look, he was too late. Only the eight of spades remained. Down at the beach, Max thought, that’s Bonnie in her togs, swimming with the dogs. But on closer inspection of that section of
sea, there was nothing there but some soggy old logs. One moonlit night, Max heard music wafting to his room and thought, this is it! Bonnie’s having drinks with the skinks. With a yawn, he went down to the lawn, but there was only the echo of a single gecko’s call. And so it was, Max never found out where Bonnie went. But she always came back content. And, best of all, always playful. Until she washed, and stretched, and slept once more. That’s perfect to project in church or Sunday School
or at home. Children love the experience of being read
to. Alternatively why don’t you as worship leader
read the storybook – we have a full colour storybook version
you can download and project – and little kids will listen. Maybe more attentively than watching a Disney
cartoon replete with all the latest animations. Why’s that? Simplicity wins every time. Being read to is one of the most powerful
ways of unlocking a child’s imagination. But it’s got to be pitched at the right level. We don’t go to church to be told moral applications by worship leaders or preachers, whether they’re quoting from the Bible or
any other sacred literature. We go to have our hearts and minds awakened
to the creative impulse of God. He/she loves to tell a good story, tall tales
and true. How could it be any other way? Read to the very little children. Use the technology to advantage. And when you read well the parents and grandparents in a congregation
will sit up and take notice too. Because it reminds them of themselves. Other resource creators for kids in kiwiconnexion.nz
include Stuart Manins, Elizabeth Mansell, Rosalie
Sugrue and Dorothy Willis. Each of them knows how to tell stories that
engage different ages and stages. Let’s just look in brief, get an overview. First there is the huge resource Stuart Manins
has made available to us. He’s an internationally recognized early childhood
music specialist. You can have for free the audio-visual ebooks
of the So-me Music Stories for Juniors. Along with it are teacher notes and the option
for you to interact in our forums with Stuart. Similarly Elizabeth Mansill is updating the Kelvin MacHemera stories for a somewhat older
age group. We have the earlier resources available in the meantime. Rosalie Sugrue’s made available a free PDF
of her play the Wesley Day Family Saga, and the full collection can be purchased from PGPL,
Philip Garside Publishing Limited. Also check out Rosalie’s puzzles. Dorothy and Earnest Willis have their kidz
packs for download from Creative Spaces in kiwiconnexion.nz #kiwiconnexion There’s also an open badging system for every
age group – adults to the little ones. Do try it. And there’s more. All these resources can be used in Sunday
worship but everything will fall flat on its face, the worship will be boring and unappealing unless leaders prepare and rehearse the material. By the way, the stories may seem more secular
than overtly religious. That doesn’t really matter because each one has a spiritual warmth which invites children and young people to
explore. And then for the older teens and early tertiary
studies students consider incorporating YouTube videos listed
in Creative Spaces into your Sunday event. Halvard Lund’s beautiful singing/playing. The ever inventive jazz musician Dave Hallam, the movie trailers on cinemaddicts.co.nz The list goes on. And there’s the AVE resource of Adam and Eve and Evolution for those starting
out at tertiary level. From this age group down to middle primary
school, get them involved, actually making resources
to distribute for themselves and for others. Please don’t hesitate to give a like, share
or comment on videos or any other resources. All our content creators will thank you for
doing it. Here’s the key point for worship leaders this
week. You have a guide – and it’s a good guide, to some of the creative talent in churches
around New Zealand and beyond curated on our website. Subscribe now to our YouTube Channel and then check out the links below in the About tab of this video to explore
what we really do. You might be rather surprised. There’s more than you might expect. See you again next week, same time, same channel, and thanks for watching.

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