We have just released two new books of Christmas hymn arrangements for the beginner piano student.

Favorite Christmas Hymns for Kids: Volume Four includes 5 hymn arrangements, along with improved (new with this book) hymn and rhythm worksheets, along with answer keys.

Just Hymns for Christmas: Volume Two includes all the hymn arrangements from Favorite Christmas Hymns for Kids: Volume Three and Four. Just Hymns has only the hymn arrangements, no worksheets.

If you are looking for other popular Christmas hymns, please review our other Favorite Christmas Hymns for Kids books, and Just Hymns for Christmas: Volume One.

We also offer over 20 Christmas hymns as individual downloads, which includes an MP3 file of the arrangement.

Merry Christmas!

“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” is one of our favorite hymns. We mention it in our book, “Hymns for Kids,” when we discuss the work of translators. Here is a version sung at the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.



One of the most important types of worship songs, that does not get much attention, is the Psalm. The second edition of our book “Hymns for Kids” has an expanded section on the Psalms including, types of Psalms, poetic styles, using a Psalter, versification, etc. Here is an example of a versification of Psalm 103 sung to the hymn tune “Ostend.”



In the second edition of our book, “Hymns for Kids,” (to be released in August), we teach about different kinds of worship music, including praise songs. One of the blessing of the modern praise song movement is that they have put many Scripture verses to music.

Of course, the Psalms have been versified and set to music for hundreds of years (we also have an expanded section on Psalms and Psalters in our book). Hymn writers have also taken portions of Scripture and set them to music. One favorite is 2 Timothy 1:12.

In our church, at the end of the sermon, the pastor invites the church to say “Amen.” This morning, after everyone had said Amen, a child echoed the congregation and added their small voice in saying “Amen.” Sure, it was cute, but it also reminded me that Amens are important. We discuss Amens and how they are used in hymns in the upcoming release of the second edition of our book “Hymns For Kids.” It will be available in a few weeks. Not only do many hymns end with the word “Amen,” but there are a number of “Amen” hymns. Here is a sample of the Sevenfold Amen.

 

This is one of my former piano students. She now plays the piano for her small church. She is practicing “The Doxology” for morning worship as her four-year old sings along.

 

March 20, 2017 | by Tim Challies

It was a joy to finally visit your church a couple of Sundays ago, and to worship with the believers there. You know I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time. Just as you promised, the pastor is an excellent communicator and a man who loves God’s Word. His sermon was deeply challenging and led to some great conversations with my children.

Now, you asked me why it looked like I wasn’t singing. I know that was probably a little awkward, so thought I’d send along a brief explanation. Primarily, it’s because…

I was not familiar with the songs. Your church has a tremendously skilled group of musicians leading them and it was a true joy to hear them play and sing. They sound as good live as they do on their album! But, unless I missed something, all of the songs on that Sunday were drawn from their own music. There weren’t any hymns in the service or even any familiar worship songs. So it’s not that I didn’t want to sing; it’s just that I didn’t know the songs. I want to be fair—every church has some of its own songs, and there is nothing wrong with that. I tried to follow along the best I could so I could learn some of yours, but even then…

the songs weren’t congregational. Most of them seemed to have been written with the band in mind more than the congregation. What I mean is that they were unpredictable and often went beyond my vocal range and ability. This made them tough to learn and difficult to sing. Sometimes I would just begin to think I had it, but then…

Read the rest of the article at Tim Challies’s blog

One of my students playing my arrangement of “The Old Rugged Cross” for an offertory at his church.