At St. Luke’s, we use music to facilitate growth in these areas:
Worship– we teach children that the primary use and highest calling of music is to worship God Almighty. God takes delight in the sincere offering of praise when the church gathers to sings hymns and songs. This is a skill and life habit that we need to develop at all ages.
Scripture– music is a wonderful tool for learning scripture. Some of our songs are engaging settings of entire Psalms, and some are short catchy tunes of smaller scriptures. We often coordinate our scriptures with the Children’s Ministries for emphasis. Here is a creative project we did with scripture during the pandemic: Singing Scripture Sermon.
Service– we teach children that their investment of time during rehearsal and worship is a sacrificial act of service for God, the church, and the unreached. We remind them that God will surely use their efforts, because children’s voices are powerful instruments that go straight to the heart and there is always someone in the congregation or audience that needs to hear their music and message.
Outreach– we teach children that their music is a powerful outreach to visitors during worship and to listeners when we sing locally and out of town on our annual choir trip.
Lifestyle– children who are active in church in meaningful and engaging ways are more likely to maintain this life pattern when they are on their own. Proverbs 22:6 says “train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Our prayer in the music ministry is that children learn to enjoy and see the importance of offering their musical gifts to God and the church.