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Back to School and Celebrating New Seasons!

School bells ring, are you listenin’?

Somehow, summer has come and gone, and here we sit at the beginning of a new school year. (Side note: weren’t we just singing, “no more pencils, no more books”?) Emotions can run the gamut, from kids excited to meet a new teacher and reunite with friends, to parents mourning the absence of a new kindergartener, to nervous and scared students starting at a new school, to moms excited to resume a more “normal” routine. Whether you’re a student going back to school, a parent beginning a new homeschool year, a youth pastor with new kids attending Wednesday night meetings, or a teacher eager to meet his new class, so many of us are at the cusp of a new season.

New seasons are a great opportunity to start over with a clean slate, and a beautiful opportunity to move forward with intention. In some ways, the first day of school feels a lot like January 1st, right? Resolutions, goals, and plans await us as we take inventory of our current circumstances and evaluate the ways we want to change.

Does your church have a “back to school Sunday” or a service in which you recognize students and teachers at the beginning of a new school year? We can help with that! Check out a couple of our videos that are great for celebrating this new season, and honoring all of the feelings that go along with it.

First Up: Be the New

An updated version of one of our best-selling videos, this fun and energetic worship opener is a great choice for the Back-to-School season. One of the greatest things about God’s promises of new mercies and new songs is how we can fulfill those promises for OTHERS!

Take a minute to watch, then click here to purchase and download Be The New.

Next: God of the New

Due to popular demand, we’ve created a year-round version of our best-selling New Year’s video! This encouraging service opener reminds us that, no matter how things have gone so far, God always has new mercies and fresh starts. Great for seasons of new beginnings, such as back to school!

Check it out below, then click here to purchase and download God of the New.

Lastly, don’t forget our Back-to-School Cinemagraph Pack!

This collection of cinemagraphs is a great way to enhance a “Back-to-school” moment in your service. This pack includes three cinemagraphs, which are perfect for capturing your audience’s attention without being distracting.

Back-to-School Cinemagraph Announcement Pack includes: Front of the Class, New Year, and Working Hard. Your purchase also includes the loop without text.

Check out the preview below, then click here to download the Back-to-School Cinemagraph Announcement Pack.

No matter how you decide to recognize the beginning of this season, we ask for blessings for your church community, and pray that they will have a safe and successful school year!

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Jesus + Glitter + Rock and Roll = Yancy!…

No matter how long you’ve been in the KidMin world, you’ve probably heard some of the Jesus-filled, Bible-based kids songs from worship leader and songwriter, Yancy! The WorshipHouse Kids team is so grateful for Yancy and all she brings to KidMin from Yancy Ministries. She is passionate about creating resources to serve the church and families, “making Jesus loud” and creating an exciting worship experience for kids of all ages. She has recently introduced new product types to her WorshipHouse Kids catalog including countdown videos and an incredible worship-themed curriculum.

“Have you ever experienced a group of kids worshipping? I mean really worshipping: eyes closed, hands lifted, voices singing loud and strong. I truly believe it is one of the sweetest sounds you could ever hear in this whole world.”
– Yancy

Yancy has a huge heart for instilling the Word of God in younger generations. She’s passionate about encouraging kids to learn about worship and making singing more than just going through the motions. Her songs are fun and engaging, but also provide an opportunity to lift high the name of Jesus!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Yancy‘s library on WorshipHouse Kids, here are a few of our favorites that we know your kids will love!

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The Top 5 Worship Tracks Your Church Should Be…

Open your congregation’s hearts to God with these popular worship tracks:

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1. What A Beautiful Name

by Hillsong

2. Great Are You Lord

by All Sons and Daughters

3. This is Amazing Grace

by Phil Wickham

4. 10,000 Reasons 

by Yancy Ministries

5. Good Good Father

by Chris Tomlin

WorshipHouse Media offers only the best in church and worship media. With a range of video illustrations, mini movies, worship song tracks, motion backgrounds, and Christian pictures, we have everything you need to visually bring your message to life.

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10 Things to Remember When Planning Your Christmas Eve…

The Christmas season is one of the most special and unique times of the year for ministry. You’ll notice your attendance numbers rising and the hearts of those in your congregation opening up, willing to receive a message. Here are 10 things to remember when planning your Christmas Eve Service.

Spread the Word!

1. In the weeks leading up to your Christmas or Christmas Eve service, include announcements at the end of your service, inserts in your bulletins or show promotional videos to excite your congregation about the upcoming service and encourage them to invite others!

Engage Families

2. Get kids involved in the service either through a special song, drama, reading, or children’s choir. Have you checked out the Christmas media on WorshipHouse Kids!?

Don’t Forget About Traditions!

3. Whether you simply light candles across the stage or you fill the entire room with each individual holding a candle, a candle-lighting can be an extremely powerful moment. This is a time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and an uplifting escape from the hustle and bustle of the season.

4. Display an Advent wreath in your church. The Advent wreath, four candles on a wreath of evergreen, is shaped in a perfect circle to symbolize the eternity of God. In some churches, four purple candles, one for each week in Advent, are used with one larger white candle in the middle as the Christ candle. During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. The Christ candle is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day reminding Christians that Jesus is the light of the world.

5. Communion is a time to remember. Allow the taking of the communion elements to usher in remembering Christ’s birth and sacrifice for you personally this holiday season.

Enhance Your Service with Imagery

6. Use Christmas Motion Backgrounds. Motion backgrounds are the perfect way to make your time of worship more engaging. WorshipHouse Media offers a variety of options that will not only look good, but tie the entire theme of your service together. Edit lyrics on top of the motions or leave them as-is while singing hymns.

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The Christmas Dilemma Wisemen from Skit Guys Studios

7. Use An Influential Sermon Illustration. One of the easiest ways to make your Sunday sermons memorable is by using an illustration or video to make your point. Illustrations bring clarity to biblical truth turn the ear into an eye so that the congregation can better understand the Word. Shop the Christmas Store on WorshipHouse Media and browse through a variety of Mini-Movies to accompany your Christmas message.

8. Use a Christmas Themed Still Background During the Sermon. Using imagery that portrays the miracle of Jesus birth and the joy of Christmas will complement your message and help you connect to your audience. Browse still backgrounds in the WorshipHouse Media Christmas store!

Plan Ahead! 

9. Christmas is basically like the Super Bowl for a pastor. Here’s something to keep in mind; most people in your congregation have heard the Christmas story many times and we all know… “Jesus is the reason for the season.” And it’s true, He is! But, the same message year after year can start to seem repetitive. The message every year should remain the same, but you need a bit of a creative spin on the way you present it every year to keep the message fresh. SermonSearch.com has over 30,000 sermon outlines that can assist you while planning your Christmas service.

Invite them Back!

10. Chances are, you will see a lot of new faces in your congregation during the holidays and at your Christmas service. Thank them for coming and tell them, “we would love to have you back!” If you have guest slips, make sure they fill them out so that you can stay in touch.

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Father’s Day Tips & Ideas for Church

Here’s a quick Father’s Day history lesson: The first observance of Father’s Day didn’t occur until 1910 at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington. A woman named Sonora Dodd came up with the idea to honor her father who was a Civil War veteran, raising six children alone, after the death of his wife. Dodd proposed a day to honor fathers with religious services, special meals, small gifts and flowers. The first President to support Father’s Day was Woodrow Wilson, but it wasn’t until years later in 1972 that it was established as a permanent annual observance by presidential proclamation.

Although the first Father’s Day was over 100 years ago, many of us still struggle with finding ways to show fathers and father figures just how valued they are. Even churches experience difficulty in producing the perfect Father’s Day service to honor the dads in their congregation. Here you’ll find some helpful Father’s Day ideas for church, including sermon ideas, video tips, and other ways to honor dads.

Preach an Encouraging Message for Dads

A dad may wear many hats, but he’ll first and foremost be a father. Use the holiday to remind fathers of their crucial roles in creating and sustaining a spiritually healthy environment for their children. There are plenty of Bible passages that highlight the place of fathers in guiding their families to become developing believers. You can find Father’s Day sermon ideas on SermonSearch.com.

Honor All Kinds of Dads

Dads come from different backgrounds and are at different stages of life, and you may very well have one of each in your place of worship on Father’s Day. Keep that in mind as you make your plans.

Use a Dad-and Christ-Honoring Video

In addition to encouraging Dads through your message, you may also want to consider using a Father’s Day themed video as a part of your service. WorshipHouse Media has hundreds of videos to choose from – whether you’re looking for something funny, inspirational, or anything in between.

Do or Give Something Tangible

Have “Dad snacks” to hand out at the end of the service like cookies, root beer or chocolate. Having kids hand them out at the end of a service is an added bonus. If your church is unable to do something like this, you could also include a craft or project into the Kids’ Ministry lesson, something that the kids could give to their Fathers on the way home from church – a card, a handmade art project, a coupon book for services around the house, etc.