Reply to "MUSIC & MOVEMENT Workshop(s), Ideas for Call of Disciples, Following Jesus"

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Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow

Chris Tomlin, the super popular Christian singer-songwriter, has a great song titled "I Will Follow" whose lyrics lend themselves to being "mimed" in a "follow the leader" -type exercise

See the music video and link to it below.

How to Play "I Will Follow" -the leader:

  1. IWillFollow-graphicHave the kids pair up and face each other, forming two rows that are facing each other. One row has it's back to the board/flipchart where the lyrics are posted. The other row can see the lyrics.
  2. The teacher stands near the flipchart so they can see it. They lead the motions so that one row of kids can see them doing it and follow them, but the row of kids with their back to the lyrics and the teacher can only follow the row of kids who CAN see the teacher.
  3. Have the words to the song written on flip chart pages, or the board, or projected on the wall so that only the teacher and the row of kids facing the lyrics can see them.
  4. How do you come up with the motions?  You do that as part of your Bible study.  Working together or in groups, discuss each line of the lyrics decide what "simple motion" everyone will use for that line of lyrics (the lyrics come fast, so keep the motions simple).  
  5. As you decide on the motions, the teacher can WRITE THE MOTION on a BIG POST-IT and stick it next to the line of lyrics -as a reminder of "what to do" to both the teacher and line of kids facing the flipchart.
  6. Begin by walking through the motions without the song, but saying the lyrics aloud. Then pair up the kids with one line NOT facing the lyrics or teacher. That line with their backs to the lyrics must "follow" what their partner is doing. Of course, their partner CAN see the teacher and lyric-post-its.
  7. After practicing, do it with the music playing!  Then have the pairs switch roles.




Here are two "lyric video" versions of the song on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/2ODe4sGCKxc (shows more lyric lines per screen)  and  https://youtu.be/fWk9I26nX5w (one line at a time)

Here's a video of the song created for a children's ministry to show acts of service. It's low res but suggests things that can be done. https://youtu.be/FYuN5s-fLHI    And lastly, here's a karaoke -style instrumental version of the song with lyrics. https://youtu.be/vLswUNdB4mU

Questions you could ask:

  1. WHO does Jesus want (us) to "stay with," "go to," and WHEN does he want to "move" ??  (How and when should you "stay with" or "go to" someone in need?)
  2. What people do you know who seem to be able to "see the lyrics and teacher" and you should try to follow what they do?  In church, in your family, among your friends, in Sunday School
  3. What happens when people follow the wrong leader or person? In worship, among your friends....
  4. What are some of the "wrong things" people do that do not follow Jesus' Way?   (As kids suggest things, you might come up with a motion for it and have them mimic you.)
  5. What can you do to make sure you are following Christ's Way, and not some fake or bad interpretation of what some people THINK is Jesus' way?



Here are some of the obvious keywords from the song that kids/teacher could create motions for and post to your lyrics flipchart. 

Go
Stay
Move
Follow
Good
Ways/Sure
Trust
Higher
Alone
Love
Serve
Light/world
Light/life
Live
Knowing/Find

life everlasting
freedom for my soul
unending joy


Below are the lyrics, referenced for commentary and teaching purposes. They are readily found by googling them. If you use the song or video in your teaching, please spend the two bucks and buy the song online to support the artist. 

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I Will Follow

by Chris Tomlin

Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow

All your ways are good
All your ways are sure
I will trust in you alone
Higher than my side
High above my life
I will trust in you alone

Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow you

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How you serve I'll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you
I will follow you

Light unto the world
Light unto my life
I will live for you alone
You're the one I seek
Knowing I will find

All I need in you alone, in you alone
In you there's life everlasting
In you there's freedom for my soul
In you there's joy, unending joy
And I will follow

Songwriters: Chris Tomlin / Jason Ingram / Ruben Morgan
I Will Follow lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
From the album "And if God is for us..."  Winner of Best Contemporary Christian Album of the Year in 2012.

The Jesus and his Disciples image comes from Rotation.org's Outline to "The Passion" miniseries produced in 2008 by BBC/HBO.

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