CHILDREN’S MUSIC FOR THANKSGIVING and ADVENT/CHRISTMAS

November and December bring multiple opportunities for children’s choirs of all ages to sing in worship. From Thanksgiving to Advent and Christmas, children’s choirs bring their own gift of song to highlight God’s many blessings and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

As you plan for your children’s choir to sing during this special time of year, be sure to check out these outstanding choral anthems and resources ideal for November Thanksgiving services and December Advent/Christmas services.

 For YOUNGER CHILDREN (grades K-3):

SING AND CELEBRATE 6!

  • THE COLORS OF LIFE (Joseph M. Martin)
  • WHO ARE WE WAITING FOR? (Ruth E. Schram)
  • THE FRIENDLY BEASTS (arr. Jeff Reeves)

SING AND CELEBRATE 5!

  • GIVE THANKS (Michael Bedford)
  • REJOICE! REJOICE! (John R. Paradowski)
  • ANGELS SING TONIGHT (Jeff Reeves)

SING AND CELEBRATE 4!

  • THANKSGIVING DAY and EVERY DAY (Lee Dengler)
  • WE WAIT FOR HIM (Ruth E. Schram)
  • JESUS IS BORN, LET THE EARTH REJOICE! (Cindy Berry)

For OLDER ELEMENTARY (grades 3-6)

Thanksgiving: THE LORD OF HARVEST (Joseph M. Martin)

Advent: COME, THOU LONG-EXPECTED JESUS (arr. Jeff Reeves)

Christmas: THE VIRGIN MARY HAD A BABY BOY (arr. Brad Nix)

Christmas: ALL ON A CHRISTMAS MORNING (Mary Donnelly/George L.O. Strid)

FOR A COMPLETE CATALOG OF CHILDREN’S CHORAL MUSIC featuring music for General and Seasonal use, visit the WORSHIP SONGS JR. landing page.

 

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Jeff Reeves serves as Choral Music Editor with Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee. In his role at Hal Leonard, Jeff serves as the primary editor for the Henry Leck Choral Series, Discovery Choral Series, and the Shawnee Press sacred choral catalog for children, Worship Songs Junior. Jeff also serves as the Director of Children’s Music Ministries at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa. In this position, Jeff coordinates and directs choral and handbell choirs for children in pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. Since 1990, Jeff has specialized in the field of church music for children. His work in both the music publishing industry and the local church has given him the unique opportunity to understand the needs of children’s choirs within the larger ecumenical community. He is the author of numerous publications including children’s music curriculum materials, teaching articles, as well as choral and handbell works for children of all ages. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master of Church Music degree from Southern Theological Seminary. He lives in Brookfield with his husband, John, who is Minister of Music & Organist at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa. Together, Jeff and John enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing with their delightful dog, Dolly, and traveling to warm weather destinations.

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