the Pink Revolution: Discipleship for girls, me leading worship, etc.
I used to play guitar all the time, before it became unnecessary. I don’t think that speaks well of me as a musician, but it’s true. When I was younger, my guitar was a means of sort of ministering to myself, an accompaniment to singing. I played a lot of worship music by myself, and wrote a lot of worship songs for my personal use. Now, I’m usually happy to just sing and let my hubby play the guitar.
Over the years, I have led worship — with voice and guitar — in various situations, mostly women’s events. I’m all right at it; I have a strong voice, and I know how to lead, not just play sing and play music. But it’s not my preference. I’d much rather harmonize with whoever’s leading. But, when I’m asked to lead, I put my whole self into it, and do the best job possible. I just can’t say, though, that I’m really passionate about leading worship, though I am passionate about worship, and about singing in general.
I got a call on Monday, though, to lead worship for something, and I must say I’m very excited about it, and very excited (though a mite scared, as always) to pull out the guitar and prepare for it.
Our church’s elementary-aged population is burgeoning. Thanks to a thriving bus ministry, there are a LOT of kids in the 6-12 age range, which we call SuperChurch. Since many of the kids — half or more — are bussed in, many of them are completely unchurched, and new to the whole idea of Christianity. Many of them (35+) got saved — became Christians — over the last year. This is FANTASTIC. However, it leads to some needs, including that of discipleship: showing the kids how to live a Christian life. Of course, they address that on Sunday mornings, but it’s been decided that there should be monthly discipleship “events,” as well, with the boys and girls meeting on different nights. I’ve known about this for a while; I helped the children’s pastor, Heidie, with some written stuff regarding what the girls would learn.
Heidie named the girls’ group Pink Revolution. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not super-fond of the overly-girly, and certainly the overly-pink. However, having a baby girl is softening me in this area… Plus, I realize that this group is not about ME, it’s about the girls. Pink Revolution it is.
Monday, Heidie, asked me to lead worship for the girls’ meetings. Well, not just worship, but “music.” Heidie told me she was also thinking about a theme song sort of thing, rather like an anthem that affirms Christian girlhood. Heidie mentioned some stuff by SuperChic(k) — but I agreed that their music is more directed to teens and older, not really to 6-12yos. Immediately, though, the idea for a song started forming in my mind. Off and on, on Monday, I worked on lyrics, and by the afternoon, I had it all done, with the tune and everything. Well, not quite everything. I still need to sit down with my guitar and figure out the chords, but it’s a pretty simple progression. I have the drum arrangement in mind, as well, and have drummed on countertop and thigh, beating it out…. I’m very excited about the song. It’s fast, sort of punkish, a la Avril Lavigne, though it wasn’t my intent to copy her — I don’t even have any of her CDs — it’s just along that sort of vein. On Sunday, I’ll be playing it for Heidie and others involved to make sure it is what they’re looking for. I have high hopes. 😛
On drums will be one of my favorite people in the world, Cassie, who at 20yo, has always been — to me — a model of Christian girlhood (now Christian young-womanhood). And, on electric guitar will be my very dear Maggie Mae, my favorite almost-11yo girl in the world, which ROCKS! I’m so very excited that she’s going to play with us. It’ll just be (so far, anyways) the three of us musicians, plus some more vocalists…
The first meeting will be July 13. I’ve a month to plan & practice.
Anyways, usually, these sort of “opportunities” typically give me more apprehension than excitement. But this time, knowing that it’s just for the girls, and having the opportunity to minister to kids… it just feels like all of the joy and none of the fear.
I’ll let y’all know how it turns out.