At the reception of a family wedding, I noticed that the most natural place for all different ages of people to mix and mingle was the dance floor. They were attracted by the music and the energy of classics like YMCA and the Cupid Shuffle. This can be true of the music we use in our ministries too. I’m reposting part of a friend’s blog about how music helps us crossover and overlap church to home.
“Most parents are more likely to engage by playing music in their home or car than leading a formal devotional time with their kids. But music can plant seeds of faith in the lives of ALL family members, teach them Scripture and principles of truth, while having fun. How?
SHARE: Share your playlist with parents. Post it on your ministry website or Facebook Fan Page. Make sure songs are listed on take-home handouts you pass out. What about creating a “Today’s Playlist” board where your parents can see it at drop off and pick up?
SHOW: Show your parents where to purchase the music. Most of the children’s worship songs we select are not easily found on iTunes or bought on just one CD. Show parents where they can purchase the same music that their kids love to sing with you at church.
(Estimated to be available in Fall 2010, Amber Sky Records will have a new feature where you can post your playlist for families to easily access and purchase music from!)”
Let’s call this the DANCE FLOOR effect. If parents play the same music at home and in the car, the kids will know the songs and participate more when they are played on Sunday in our ministries! Better still, families are more likely to develop an everyday faith and rhythm as they go about their day.
How do you Share your playlist and Show parents where to get the songs you’re using at church? What else have you seen music do to help make our message stick? Does this change in student ministry?