Ernestine Henderson


When Pastor Steve asked me to work with the Children’s Choir, I knew this request was from God, because I have been over three children’s music ministries.  Nothing I volunteered for -- it just kind of happened! I am a strong believer in the children and young adults (teens) having something to do in the house of the Lord besides listening to the Word. 

The Word of God says “Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) and “But Jesus said, ‘Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matthew 19:14).  

I often quote if we don’t give them something to do the world has plenty to offer them.  We have to let our children know that they can have fun in the Lord.  The Children’s Choir is a way to teach children that singing and music in the House of the Lord is also a ministry and they can still enjoy themselves; that ministering is not only listening to the Preacher, or paying attention in Sunday School, but doing whatever they do for The Lord. 

The Choir is a joy to me because I love music and I love seeing little children and young adults (teens) praising God and teaching them that what they do for the Lord is a joy also to Him. The Children’s Choir also lets them express themselves in front of an audience and gives them boldness to go forth in whatever they endure in life.  It teaches them to work with others, gives them the ability to stand before a crowd and speak, and provides discipline to do better in school.  And, most of all, the Word says “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD! Praise ye the LORD.” (Psalms 150:6)