The Lord willing, I will start leading music in the summer at CCS's after school program/ summer camp. I'm up to the challenge but also wondering where to start.
I have two friends who write songs for children. When I was still a youth pastor and Googled "Catechism" I found a website for a woman who wrote songs for WSC questions. Then, in 2012 I had remembered that someone at Refuge had told me that she went to a Reformed Presbyterian church in Covington. Years after she told me that, I remembered, looked it up online, and started going to the Sunday evening service. Turns out the same woman who writes the WSC songs is the pastor's wife and a now good friend of mine. Judy gave me some of her albums and some of those songs may come into play.
I also grew up listening to this song called "Simeon's Lullaby" by the woman duo, Wendy and Mary. One time my parents played it for a church we went to, and the bulletin said that they were friends of us. That would be like saying we were friends with Simon and Garfunkel. But thanks to facebook, Mary is a friend of mine these days. Between her and Judy, there are plenty of plans I can follow in leading children in music.
My favorite growing up, however, is still Psalty the Blue Song Book. A blue book with a face who sings songs with kids about Jesus. I still sing "Amen, Praise the Lord," and the "Butterfly Song" from time to time. He has so many catchy Scripture songs that have motions and dances and pictures.
I mentioned some of my ideas and heard that last year when someone lead music, the favorite song was "Locomotion." So now I'm also listening to old songs like "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed." How can I get a good mix of songs with good theology and just for fun songs and be fun but informative? If any people I mention in this post read this, what would you recommend? At least I have until after Memorial Day to figure it out.