Leading Worship in Children’s Ministry: Yancy Speaks


Music plays a crucial role in your children’s ministry—or maybe you want it to but you don’t know how to get it there. We asked christian music expert, Yancy, to fill us in on her approach to children’s worship songs.

Yancy has a number of resources for music ministry, including her album, “Yancy and Friends Little Praise Party: Taste and See,” (featured in Children’s Ministry Magazine‘s May/June 2015 issue). And she’s also a presenter at Group’s KidMin Conference

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YancyWhat inspired you to make the Little Praise Party series of albums?

I started off writing songs for my local church’s preschool ministry—writing songs to tie into what would be taught that next year. That’s how the first record came to life. Once I saw how people responded to those songs and videos and realized the need for resources for that age group, it became a series.

What are you most excited about regarding your new album, Little Praise Party: Taste and See?

I want this generation to taste and see that the Lord is good. Music is a powerful way we learn and remember. We all have amazing memories tied to music. I know that the messages in these songs will be planted into the hearts and spirits of those who listen. The Word of God in these songs can help guide kids for years, far into their adult years. That’s what excites and motivates me about this music.

Tell us about the features of the Little Praise Party app. How can it benefit children’s ministers, and does it work only when paired with the album?

The app available for iOS and Android features five videos each month (four english and one spanish). It’s a great resource for churches to tell families about. Kids can sing along with songs they might already do at church with their smart devices. It’s a great way to entertain young kids and plant God’s truths in their heart at the same time, and it’s a free app.

Tell us about your experience with children’s ministry. 

I was born into children’s ministry. It’s all I’ve known! I’m a pastor’s kid (PK), my dad is Jim Wideman. I grew up singing on worship teams, being on puppet teams, setting up chairs, and making visitor packs. I even had my own full bodied gorilla costume as an elementary kid. I knew from an early age God had called me to do music with my life. I started off making more traditional contemporary christian music and leading worship. Eventually children’s ministry and my music merged to become what I do now. It was an amazing aha moment that I hadn’t seen before. God began to use my childhood and my family experience, mixed with something I love and am drawn too. I believe in ministry to kids because I’ve seen the fruit of it. I know the blessing and the fruit of kids falling in love with Jesus and growing up to have their own families they lead to Jesus. Children’s ministry is a must! I’m proud to be a second generation children’s minister.

What are your ultimate goals when you’re creating music for children? 

I try to write songs about things I know churches are going to talk about and teach throughout the year. I write songs about things I want to talk about in concert. I’m inspired by my friend’s kids and my son writing songs about things they’re going through and struggling with. It’s an amazing gift when people connect with the songs and the songs become personal for them, their families, their children’s ministries. I LOVE creating resources churches can use. That’s definitely one of my biggest joys. I’m passionate about writing great songs that are recorded in a relevant way to serve the church.

Leading Worship in Children’s Ministry: Yancy Speaks
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Jessica Sausto

Jessica Sausto is an editor in Group’s children’s ministry department and a key leader in the preschool program at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, Colorado.

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