Chocolate-Free Easter Songs for Children
Songs that Convey the Christian Message Behind the Easter Story
Song plays a crucial role in complementing the lessons that we learn from the Bible. Few of us will have grown up without the hymns, psalms and carols that help us to reflect on our spiritual teachings in church and in school. And yet, where Christian Easter songs for children are concerned, the options become pretty limited.
Where can you find childrens’ songs that tell the Easter story, without the chocolates, eggs and bunnies that pervade popular culture?
The good news is, there are several musical resources that can be used to help enrich children’s understanding of the Easter story – you just need to know where to look. This guide will help you find catchy, contemporary Easter songs that are fun and accessible to children, but which do not lose sight of the significance behind this special occasion.
Christian Easter Songs for Children
If you’re looking for Easter songbooks for children of primary school age, Out of the Ark is a good place to start. They have an excellent selection of musical resources for kids aged five to eleven, all written by leading children’s songwriters. Each one comes with musical scores and CDs containing backing and vocal tracks, as well as CD ROMs with printable lyrics in PDF format.
The first of these, Songs for EVERY Easter, contains 15 songs covering a diverse range of topics. While there might be your fair share of songs about chocolate and Mother’s Day, these are balanced out by a number of more thought-provoking pieces about Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion and resurrection, ranging from the poignant (When I Think About the Cross) to the jubilant (Risen!)
Other collections include S!ng Easter, where you’ll find some great harmony and group singing opportunities, and Sunday’s Cool – Hosanna!, which has been designed for use in Sunday schools, but which is equally suitable for school assemblies.
If you’re looking for something more traditional to suit older children, you can find a collection of free lyrics and YouTube clips of Christian Easter songs on whatchristianswanttoknow.com. These include Robert Lowry’s rousing hymn Christ Arose and Charles Wesley’s timeless Christ the Lord is Risen Today. A selection of music scores for Easter hymns is available for download on musicnotes.com.
By using a selection of the resources listed in this article, you should have no trouble bringing the Easter story to life for young children this year – whether you’re conducting an assembly or teaching children about Easter in class.
To order children’s songbooks online for delivery, visit www.outoftheark.co.uk