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    Engaging Hymns for Youths

    What hymns do people find engaging and uplifting for youths in church services ?

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    John Brown's Body.....or Glory Glory Gallelujah

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    Probably the ones who's tunes have been used for 'alternative' versions around the campfire

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    Interesting question to which I suspect there will be a wide range of answers, including "none" and "why?".

    It depends what you mean by 'engaging and uplifting'. I'm going to assume 'sing with enthusiasm'.

    I find that they react better to the more up-tempo hymns and the ones that they know best through school. Some examples, off the top of my head, would be:

    Calypso Carol (at Christmas clearly)
    This Little Light of Mine
    Shine Jesus Shine
    Lord of the Dance
    Give Me Oil in My Lamp

    The back of the standard hymn book has a section of hymns for children, some I find amusing (e.g. Rise and Shine (Arky Arky)).

    This is from an Anglican perspective. I'm sure things will be different in other Faiths.
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    I like your additional clarification of "Sing with Enthusiasm" - I think this is exactly where I was trying to get.

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    I've yet to hear it as an adult (and am probably spelling it wrong), but as a child, we all loved singing Jehova Jireh in school assemblies.

    Just be wary of the 'God is a spanner' instead of 'God is my banner'.


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    Gooders is right - find out what they sing at the local schools.

    But corporate singing is a dying art - other than at football games - and many schools don't sing hymns out of cultural sensitivity. My kids primary school has a multicultural intake but is CofE and still does get the kids to sing hymns and all the Mums and Dads I know are quite happy with that, whatever their own faith. There is actually a lot of good (non-cringy) contemporary stuff, e.g. anything by Matt Redman, but its best backed by a band rather than an organ.

    Matt Redman's best known song is "Blessed be your name".
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    Matt Redman stuff is great, but only if you've got a good band and bunch of singers to lead it.

    If you want stuff that people will sing with enthusiasm then there are four simple rules, two key and two nice to have.

    1. They need to know it. The popular ones in schools, however vomit like the lyrics may be, are your friends here.
    2. It needs to be played at a reasonable tempo. Which probably means faster than you think.
    3. The nice to have. It needs to have a reasonably narrow range. Skipping ones with really high bits tends to help participation.
    4. Get the musicians to play a full verse before you start the singing

    Anything to the tune of the battle hymn of the republic tends to work.

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    How odd.

    Not too long ago I set off to do a session that included some sing-along-a-hymms (just to provide some balance) This heathen was on his own as kids stood and looked at me as if I was from another planet.

    A teacher from the local school advised me that they don't sing hymns at assembly any more... Moreover, and not unconnected, we at another event, tried the sort of songs that kids always used to get taught at primary school... sagebrush again... it appears that they don't do traditional songs any more. I asked what they did. Apparently, they don't. They just don't. If this is true I find it very sad, I can still recall singing with great gusto...

    Boney was a warrior... John France WAH!!!

    There was an old man named Michel Finnegan...

    Yankee Doodle went to town...

    This old man...

    etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushfella View Post

    Hymns - Give me hope In my heart... go on, get that out of your head in the next two weeks!

    I do wish you hadn't said that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBadBaloo View Post
    I do wish you hadn't said that!
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    The reason I raised this was with a broken car stereo I found myself singing colours of day. Every now and then my wife plays it on the Piano on a Sunday morning and I feel like I'm in an episode of little house on the prarie.

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    At last years St Georges day we sang 2 contrsting hymns - one was modern with a backing track, very uplifting, the other was the Scout Hymn with an organ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushfella View Post

    Hymns - Give me hope In my heart... go on, get that out of your head in the next two weeks!
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