Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us. ~ Martin Luther
Music is a most powerful teacher. The choices we make of which songs — and which types of music — we include in our Vacation Bible Schools truly will have an impact for eternity. Here’s how to really make those choices count.
There are three types of Vacation Bible School music that you will want to be sure to include in your program: hymns, memory verse songs, and (for lack of a concise term) those that are simple and fun.
Children are fully capable of singing — and enjoying! — hymns. I still remember sitting in the children’s Sabbath School class where dear Brother Burns was substituting for his beloved wife of many decades.
Brother Burns asked my then-three-year-old daughter what was her favorite song to sing. He was taken back — and very pleased — by her response: The Old Rugged Cross. I knew that was just one of many songs she enjoyed, not necessarily a “favorite” per se (and also that many, many hymns were in her beloved-songs “list”); but just the same, he loved that experience so much that he reminds us of it nearly every time we see him. 🙂
I won’t go over the many benefits of hymns just now (you will hear a couple of them in the video), but suffice it to say: Include them!
Here are a few ideas of great hymns to sing with the children at your Vacation Bible School:
- I Will Early Seek the Saviour
- When He Cometh (We actually learned this one that day from Brother Burns.)
- My Faith Looks Up to Thee (1st 3 verses)
Scripture Songs (aka Memory Verse Songs)
You’ve heard me say it before; you’ll hear me say it again: Use music to teach Scripture! It works!
Not only is it fun, it sticks. Make a special point to help hide God’s Word in the children’s hearts by setting aside a specific time just for singing the memory verses you have chosen for your VBS over and over… and over.
We are actually in the process of getting some of our memory verse songs ready to go up on YouTube for you, so keep an eye out for that one!
I also gave you a few outside resources for Scripture songs on my post 7 Tips for teaching young children memory verses.
Simple and Fun
I don’t really have a good name for this last category of Vacation Bible School music, but that does not make it any less important.
Choose a few songs that are written in words and phrases the children are likely to already use in their everyday speech. These songs should be fairly short and very cheerful, but definitely meaningful.
A few that the children have enjoyed in our Vacation Bible Schools in the past are:
Jesus and Me (…I’m in His fam-i-ly!) 😉
1,2,3 Jesus Loves Me
Inright, Outright, Upright, Downright, Happy All the Time
Many of these songs will be newer and are often under copyright, so that is something you will want to be aware of and try to respect.
Mix it Up!
It’s not too hard. Just mix things up a bit and be sure to include these three types of music in your Vacation Bible School: one or two well-chosen hymns, plenty of memory verse songs, and a few songs that are simple and fun. With the blessing of God’s Spirit, your Vacation Bible School music is sure to have a positive impact for eternity!
Watch the video below for a few extra pointers – and then be sure to comment and share with your friends. 😉 Hasten Home!