Are We Singing Songs That Stick?


I was leading the 4-year-old class at church a couple weeks ago and left the experience with a bit of a haughty thought: The songs we sang when I was a kid were better. 

Judgy, right? 

I serve once a month and it’s not quite enough to get a good handle on the songs but since I’m being brutally honest here, I’ll also share that I’m not a huge fan of cueing up the too-loud songs on a video screen. 

While I think a couple kids were singing along, I could barely hear their voices. And oh are those voices precious! 

And so I go off script. I sing Jesus Loves Me, This Is The Day, and My God Is So Big, So Strong and So Mighty. We do motions and signs. We sing the same few songs, again and again. They catch on.  

But really, I approach this humbly and with curiosity. What is your experience? Have you found a curriculum that has “sticky” songs? What songs stick in your household? Please share! 

Related, I just started listening to Seeds Family Worship with my kids and love how the catchy songs sing Scripture, word for word. I’m also a forever-fan of Ellie Holcomb, who has produced a couple EPs for kids, including Sing: Creation Songs and Sing: Remembering Songs.

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We belong to a CRC that too many stands out as the CRC of the future - very diverse, growing in membership (but not attendance), producing several candidates for the ministry, great young peoples programs. But music wise, for a couple who grew up in the RCA & CRC, and are now in their mid 70's, it's a big disappointment. Since 3 of the 4 songs are "performed" at the beginning of the service, we made the decision to enter the sanctuary just prior to the sermon. The pastor has turned over the music to a couple of people and they don't seem to want outside suggestions. The common phrase is "we love the pastor and we tolerate the music". 

kids, like adults are becoming observers of songs when we play the videos or even with the song tracks. Also some times praise teams are not helping the participation or communal worship singing. Now in most CRC churches we are singing songs from Hillsong, Bethel or Elevation sources. IMHO some of those songs should be really evaluated, for kids and adults, more direction from our denomination should be welcomed by worship committees or children's worship/VBS