A friend gave us a Songs for Saplings CD when he’d heard our daughter had just been born. Perhaps unsurprisingly as a fresh-faced parent I’d never heard of them before, but the record was an instant hit on the kitchen CD player: catchy songs, focused on communicating deep Biblical truths to little kids, often in question and answer format. It was a kind gift.
Songs are powerful things. They get inside of us. I remember driving with another family’s kids and Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ came on the radio. Within seconds the six year old was singing along, “We’re up all night to get some. We’re up all night for good fun. We’re up all night to get lucky.” We can’t deny that songs stick! So amongst the latest pop and our own favourite classics that we’re introducing them to and talking to them about, how good to also ensure our kids our singing truth about God from the Scriptures.
Whether you’re a parent, or a pastor, or a friend, you should definitely check this resource out! Likewise share it with families. Songs for Saplings are produced by James and Dana Dirksen and family and they seek to “create lively, fun songs that seek to deliver the deepest of Biblical truth in a format that you and your children will love to listen to.”
Click here for the free music downloads (by the way, I’ve no idea how long it will be available for free).
Here’s a little bit more on their vision, including an interesting quote from Tim Keller on the need for catechesis.
Songs for Saplings makes music for kids. We want them to understand who God is and what He has done, as well as what He wants your children to do and to be. Our music is adapted from scripture and from classic works meant to teach our kids the deep and wonderful things taught in the Bible.
“The more the culture around us becomes post- and anti-Christian the more we discover church members in our midst, sitting under sound preaching, yet nonetheless holding half-pagan views of God, truth, and human nature…This is not the first time the church in the West has lived in such a deeply non-Christian cultural environment. In the first several centuries the church had to form and build new believers from the ground up, teaching them comprehensive new ways to think, feel, and live in every aspect of life. They did this not simply through preaching and lectures, but also through catechesis. Catechesis was not only for children, but also for adult converts and even for leaders.”
We hope that you will benefit from this music and use it to teach your children about our great God and his great love for us.
Not only are all the mp3s available free of charge, but the sheet music, chords and lyrics are all also available as free resources. So if there’s a song that you particularly like, why not get your band to use it in a Sunday service?