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Mike Johnson failed me

So here’s the thing. I love scouring the worlds internets to find music that is created specifically for Christian Kids, especially for use in Praise and Worship during weekend services. You can read all of the musical mention posts I have written in the past few months on the blog.

At Hillsong Kids we have used Elevate Curriculum and I have met Mike Johnson the creator at a CPC conference in San Diego in the past and he an almost embarrassingly generous man. But how did the knowledge of this series of albums pass-by me?

Radio E is the music from the Elevate curriculum series released in a series of collections. Some of the songs are specific to their curriculum, but there is a ton of praise music scattered all over the resource!

But somehow, the obvious extreme marketing efforts have somehow missed me? Here is the description from their website:

Tell the kids in your ministry how they can listen to Elevate music all week long! They can download the same music they hear at church from their favorite online music store! Radio E Music can be found on iTunesGoogle PlayAmazon MP3Spotify and much more. Preschool, Elementary, and generic music graphics available.

You can kinda check out the videos here: www.elevateathome.com/shop/music/ but it doesn’t appear to let you download videos?

So I am going to have to leverage the impressive reach and influence of my very influential blog* to make sure you have all heard about this incredible collection. And also put the pressure on Mike and his team to release lyric videos/backing versions of the praise and worship songs!

My theory is they should put together a collection of the praise and worship songs and create a resource we can use this weekend… (not literally, but soon would be great).

Yours Sincerely,

David Wakerley

P.S. I’m a big fan Mike… and of the producer of this music!

FOOTNOTES

*Not really

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Weekend Linkfest

The first of the best links of the week about #kidmin or #otherstuff

This week has been the first Colour Conference here in Sydney and it’s all I have been doing, thusly the links will reflect this reality.

Is Nintendo doomed? I am a gaming fan, especially Nintendo and the Wii U hasn’t been doing well, (although me and my boys love it), but this article makes me a little happier

A Hillsong Collected blog post about Rehearsing for Colour.

And here is the sweet promo for next year!

And here’s a great recap photo album from facebook!

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This kids magazine is awesome

Good friend Simon Parry has created a great magazine for kids that just looks awesome! (And it’s not just because my wife is on the front cover) In fact you should check out the site at Allstars Records there is a lot going on there and it is a fantastic resource for those involved in kidmin especially in the UK.

magThe Allstars Kids magazine is a monthly Christian magazine for kids that love Jesus! Each issue will be packed with interviews, games, features, cartoons, music downloads, videos, Bible stuff, competitions and loads more!
Our aim is to encourage children all over the word with the good news of Jesus, to see them worship Him and to serve God with all their heart. You can also subscribe for a year so you never miss an issue!

 

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The worst word in kidmin

I present to you, fair reader, the worst word in kidmin:

…’Worksheet’

Doesn’t that just scream fun! Tell me more! I’m in! Yay!

It’s that thing that you hand out to the kids to reinforce the theme/topic you are discovering. It’s that thing the kids do during their small group time, it’s that thing that I just can’t stop calling a ‘worksheet’.

It causes me pain, but I haven’t found a suitable replacement.

What do you call them?

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Weekend Linkfest

The first of the best links of the week about #kidmin or #otherstuff

(It is Monday here in Sydney, but still the weekend elsewhere in the world) :)

10 Jobs That No Longer Exist - I remember milk delivery!

Hillsong United released a new album! It’s great! Seriously great! hillsong.com Store

ARRRGHHH This is what I have been looking for! Dartstrip. Perfect for kidmin!

HEY!

Lots of people ask and now they are up! All of our backing videos for Hillsong Kids albums are up online at hillsong.com/store

 

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This is what makes me cry…

This is one short video but a very powerful one!

Whether it’s Finding Nemo, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Lion King, father and son movies get me right in the heart area. A powerful reminder of the emotions many of the kids that come into our Churches will be feeling,  if they are experiencing the pain of separation or divorce.

Men in ministry, use your voice to encourage and build up boys this weekend. They may remember it for the rest of their lives.

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Weekend Linkfest

The first of the best links of the week about #kidmin or #otherstuff

3 things every meeting needs - How you conduct your meetings matter.

Worship: Never too Little – Yes! Great post from Planetshakers Kids blog, Great post Esther!

Evangelism with Kids is a Journey - Great post from Bill at Lifeway about salvation and kids!

HEY!

Lots of people ask and now they are up! All of our backing videos for Hillsong Kids albums are up online at hillsong.com/store

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A Dreamer’s Childhood [Video]

Had to share this video talk tonight!

Really cool talk from the producer of Yo Gabba Gabba!

From Idaho to Haiti, Justin Lyon of Yo Gabba Gabba! speaks on building self-esteem, celebrating the weird, and Biz Markie while speaking at CreativeMornings/Los Angeles. With a simple wish of helping foster creativity in youth, Yo Gabba Gabba! has continued to amaze and garner awards as one of the zaniest, unconventional children’s shows that is just as appealing to kids as it is to adults.

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Weekend Linkfest

The first of the best links of the week about #kidmin or #otherstuff

Controlling Soundtracks as you Lead Worship – from my friend Yancy, enough said! Sound practical advice.

HOW TO DELIVERY A GREAT MESSAGE TO KIDS - Practical helpful Jeff Mcclung and a brilliant typo in the heading! What more could you ask for :)

Constructing Childhood - [Video] Raul Gutierrez speaks about the last 100 years of childhood through the lens of his family, how children see the world, and Tinybop’s approach to designing mobile apps for children.

 

Great Quote

“People don’t mind being challenged to do better if they know the request is coming from a caring heart.”
— Ken Blanchard
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Musical Mention: Light of the World – Johnny Burns

*Musical Mention posts are more of a highlight feature rather than a source of no holds barred critical review. If you would like to suggest an album for a Music Moment feature then please comment below.

This week I highlight an Australian Artist Johnny Burns based right here in Sydney. He has released a bunch of music starting way back in 2000 for kids. Let Your Light Shine is his latest album.

Every song is based on one of my favourite Bible Verses. I guess you could call it “Pop Memory Verses”. The highlight for me in making this CD was doing some vocal collaborations with a range of really cool singers. I have chosen a range of Bible verse, from both the Old and New Testaments, which have really meant a lot to me during my Christian walk.

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

5 Johnny Burns Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine is Johnny’s 4th children’s album. Working with his long time friend and producer, Wayne D’Chong, the two have delivered an album full of catchy songs teaching the Word of God.

Special guest vocalists joining Johnny on the album include Colin Buchanan, Rob Smith, Alanna Rodgers (from GarageHymnal), Dave Hanbury (from Revive), and the beautiful harmonies of Jacqui, Katie & Christine Host.

Tracklisting

1. Let your light shine – Matt 5:16
2. Light of the World – John 8:12
3. If – 1 John 1:8-9
4. The Wisdom Song – Jam 1:5
5. May I never boast – Gal 6:14
6. Clap your hands – Psa 47:1-2
7. The Lord looks at the heart – 1 Sam 16:7
8. Love Love Love (One Another) – John 13:34-35
9. He is good – Psa 145:8-9
10. Ask, seek, knock – Matt 7:7-8
11. The plans I have for you – Jer 29:11
12. Your word is – Psa 119:105
13. Seventy times seven – Matt 18:21-22
14. Trust in the Lord – Prov 3:5-6
15. Holy holy holy – Rev 4:8

THOUGHTS

This album was released in July 2012 and like the rest of Johnny’s releases is a mix of live instruments and electronic instruments. The mixes are quality and the lead vocals are never lost and clear as a bell (important for kids). Having Colin Buchanan, the ultimate Aussie kids performer on the album brings the guitars out and they wield the country lick with class.

Now one of my big focuses as always is can you use this music for praise and worship with your kids and a really great way is to produce ‘lyrics videos’ to use on your weekends. It’s a bit of a necessity these days and I would love to see these produced, even sing-a-long versions like previous albums.

I seem to say this a lot, but they have nailed the kids choir recording, it’s tight and sits well in the mix.

To get a hold of this album check out emumusic.com or iTunes.

FAVOURITE SONGS

All these songs a based on scripture, but rather than a direct quote from scripture (very hard) he has built a song around the concept of each verse and that is a great way to write songs for kids.

The Plans I Have For You (Jeremiah 29) – The melody works really well on this track with lyrics that come pretty closely from the Bible.

Holy Holy Holy – This is a really nice worship song, and the lead vocals work really well

Ask Seek Knock – Rock ‘N Roll pure and simple, but it’s just really well performed and a great arrangement.

Here are some more thoughts on the album biblesociety.org.au/news/music-that-has-kids-jumping-to-gods-word