Things You'll Need
- Sheet music
Church is reserved for a time of worship and prayer. This spiritual reverence can be portrayed both through the spoken word and that of singing. Music is an important component of the liturgy. It is a form of praising God, the same way that doing a reading, or reciting a memorized prayer is. Nevertheless, most religious services consist of both singing and speaking. In order to lead the congregation in song, a church choir is usually present. A common type of church choir to have is a children's choir. Children's choirs are wonderful. They involve the youth and they encourage other children to become involved in spiritual endeavors. In order to organize a children's church choir, you have to remain persistent in your motives and understand the values of organization.
Speak to the pastor of the church about the idea of starting a children's church choir. Since the pastor desires to see children become involved in the church, he will be willing to help organize a children's church choir. The pastor may help to advertise by placing an ad in the bulletin. When speaking with him, you can suggest this, as well as to make announcements during the services about the creation of the children's choir. The pastor may want you to make the announcements yourself because you are the one organizing the choir. He also may have the regular lector make the announcement.
Present yourself at many of the church services when the announcements about the choir will be made. Whether or not you are the designated person making the announcements about the organization of the children's church choir, it is still good for you to be there. After all, your name will definitely be in the announcement. Some of the people at church may be interested in learning more about the choir. Nevertheless, if you are there to answer questions, people will understand more about it, and in turn be more inclined to join.
Look for a pianist or an organist. When organizing a children's church choir, it is important to have a pianist or an organist because many of the hymns involve the piano or the organ. The church may already have a pianist or an organist. In that case, you can ask that individual whether or not they would be willing to accompany the children's church choir. If the church does not have a regular organist or pianist, then you need to find one. You can ask the pastor to place an ad in the church bulletin.
Create a tentative sign-up sheet. Once the information about the start of the children's church choir has become available, it is necessary for you to determine how many individuals seem interested and willing to join. The most effective way to determine this is to have all of the interested people write their names on a sheet. It can also be done by having these people contact you directly or through email. Part of the process of organizing a children's church choir is knowing an estimate of how many people will be involved. Children will voluntarily join, considering that with most children's church choirs, auditions are not a requirement because the main objective is to involve everyone.
Schedule a meeting with the people who have contacted you or signed up to join the children's church choir. It is most appropriate to have the meeting at the church, almost as an introduction to the regular choir rehearsal. Explain to the children about what they can expect as members of the choir at the meeting. Inform them of the days that the choir will meet, the types of songs that will be sung and the materials they will need to have. Children's church choirs typically meet once each week, and sing at a service every other week. The choir usually sings traditional church hymns with the occasional contemporary pieces. Most of the music is soft and peaceful. Tell the children that they will need to bring paper and pen in order to take notes, and a binder in which to place their sheet music.
Mara Pesacreta has been writing for over seven years. She has been published on various websites and currently attends the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.