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AWAKEN KIDZ PRAISE TEAM HANDBOOK

THE VALUES. THE VISION. THE MISSION.

 

THE CORE VALUES OF KIDZ CHURCH ARE…Safe, Fun, and God.

Safety and security are our first and foremost priorities. We maintain high-security standards via strict check in and out procedures, child safety ratios, with training and background checks for all team members. We want to ensure children are safe and well looked after while under our care. Awaken Kidz strives to earn and maintain the trust of our parents so that the entire family can confidently participate in the exciting life of Awaken Church, and can build their lives in God’s House!

We strive to infuse fun into everything we do. We know that if a child has fun at every juncture of church in their formative years, they will forever associate joy with the House of the Lord! We aim to create a children’s ministry that is “larger than life” in the sight of our kids so that the House of God will forever reign dear in their hearts.

Awaken Kidz connects children personally to Jesus Christ through powerful weekend services with Godly discipleship, energetic praise and worship, and engaging programs. We value every moment we are given to speak into the lives of our kids and we place no limits on what God will do in them and through them. Awaken Kidz is the gatekeeper of the emerging generation and it’s a privilege to connect children to the heart of God, and train them in the way they should go so that when they are older they will not depart from it!
 

 

EXPECTATIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS

 

The Bible is clear about the necessity for us to grow in our understanding of God and our relationship with Him.  This is especially important for those of us in a leadership ministry.  We must each take responsibility for our own pursuit of God and Christian living.

 

We need to be continually 'topping up', refreshing our relationship and growing in God.  You can't give out what you haven't put in.

 

We must not be simply a collection of talented individuals, but a team with a single purpose.  Our skills need to be used to enhance the team as a whole, not to show off our own abilities.  We must be willing to work together - to blend, to flow.  A team attitude is essential.

 

The privilege to lead people into worship is not extended to 'anyone who wants to have a go.' Our aim is to create an atmosphere where people are drawn to express themselves towards God in worship. Musicians and singers need to be proficient enough to follow charts and simple written music, while technical people need to have a level of competency that will enhance what is happening on stage. Everyone must be prepared to develop and extend his or her gifts. We understand that there is going to be a difference between an 8 year old vocalist and a 20 year old vocalist. 

 

Excellence honors God and inspires people.  We want to do both as we lead people in worship.  To achieve musical and technical excellence we need to work at our instrumental, vocal or technical ability to become the very best we can be.  This includes individual practice as well as playing with the team, and individual lessons.  The team will only be as proficient as the individuals it is composed of.

 

It is important that we know our role and understand its importance in the life of the church.  If we do, we will know that we need God's help.  It is He who moves people's hearts and draws them to Himself.  We must be intentionally open to His Spirit to lead and move through us.  We need to come ready not only to sing, play and serve, but also worship the King and minister to His people.  We need to be people who lead exemplary lives, understanding that we lead people by our example both on and off the stage.  

 

It is important that your immediate family is aware of the time commitments necessary, and that they are willing to accept this and support you in it. We ask all our team members to be available for a minimum of two Sundays a month. 
 

 

SCHEDULING

We do all of our scheduling through Planning Center. A profile will be created for you and you will receive  welcome email. 

Check your email for schedule invitations & respond accordingly. There will be a need to download an app for this! Go to https://apps.apple.com/us/app/planning-center-services/id327370808 to download the app. 

 

COMMUNICATION

Download the SLACK/GROUP ME app and create an account with your current email address. This is how we will communicate as a team so please make sure you check this app to stay up to date daily.

 

Whenever your leader or anyone sends you a message on Slack or a text message, it is important that you respond in a timely manner!
 

THE ROLE OF AN PRAISE TEAM MEMBER, BROKEN DOWN.

 

TUESDAY

SET LISTS ARE UP! YOUR PRAISE LEADER WILL TEXT YOU AND LET YOU KNOW THAT SET LIST AND PARTS ARE UP, AS WELL AS THE VISION FOR THIS SUNDAY. FOR WEDNESDAY SERVICES, SET LISTS WILL BE UP BY SATURDAY.

 

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY

-LISTENING TO SONGS IF YOU ARE ON FOR VOCALS

-LEARNING MOTIONS IF YOU ARE ON FOR DANCING

 

SUNDAY

-SHOW UP ON TIME! DOWNBEAT MEANS YOU ARE ON STAGE, MIC ON, READY TO GO. PLEASE ARRIVE AT WHATEVER TIME IS NEEDED TO ENSURE YOU ARE READY FOR DOWNBEAT. (CALL TIME IS 7:45AM ON SUNDAYS, 5:30PM ON WEDNESDAYS)

-SOUNDCHECK IS 45 MINUTES LONG. MAKE IT AS PRODUCTIVE AS YOU CAN! GO OVER EACH SONG, WITH THE MOTIONS. MAKE SURE IT LOOKS AND SOUNDS AWESOME. WE WANT TO BRING EXCELLENCE TO EVERYTHING WE DO.

-BE IN THE KIDZ ROOM 10 MINUTES BEFORE SERVICE. PRAY WITH THE TEAM, MAKE SURE MICS HAVE BATTERIES, SET THE TONE FOR THE SERVICE!

-15 MINUTE WORSHIP SET FOR BIGS

-HEAD TO THE LITTLES ROOMS FOR A TWO SONG ACOUSTIC SET

-HEAD TO THE BUBS ROOM FOR A ONE SONG ACOUSTIC SET

-MAKE SURE TO DEBRIEF AT THE END. POSITIVE FEEDBACK! WHAT WAS AWESOME? WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER NEXT TIME?
 

 

THE ROLE OF AN AWAKEN KIDZ PRAISE LEADER, BROKEN DOWN.

 

TUESDAY

PRAYERFULLY SELECT A 3 SONG SET LIST FOR BIGS. TYPICALLY WE DO 2 PRAISE SONGS AND 1 WORSHIP SONGS FOR BIGS AND 1 PRAISE/1 WORSHIP SONG FOR LITTLES.

PUT THIS SET LIST UP IN MYAWAKEN. ASSIGN WHO IS LEADING WHICH SONG AND WHO WILL CARRY PARTS, IF NEEDED.

TEXT YOUR TEAM AND LET THEM KNOW THE SET LIST AND PARTS ARE UP. GIVE THEM YOUR VISION FOR THE SERVICE AS WELL AS ANY ADDITIONAL NOTES OR INFORMATION THAT ARE NEEDED/HELPFUL.

 

SUNDAY

-AS THE PRAISE LEADER, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING THE FLOW AND PRODUCTIVITY OF THE SOUND CHECK ON TRACK.

-MAKE SURE TO CONDUCT A DEBRIEF AT THE END. POSITIVE FEEDBACK! WHAT WAS AWESOME? WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER NEXT TIME?

 

DRESS CODE

 

WHAT WE LOVE

-LOOKING PUT TOGETHER. HAIR “DONE”. MEANING BRUSHED, CLEAN. LIGHT MAKEUP, IF DESIRED.

-PANTS: COLORED, DENIM, WHITE.

-YELLOW PRAISE TEAM SHIRT (PROVIDED AT THE CAMPUS)

-COMFY SHOES. SNEAKERS ARE IDEAL.

 

WHAT WE DON’T LOVE

-LOOKING MESSY. HAIR UNBRUSHED, HAVEN’T SHOWERED IN 3 DAYS, HEAVY MAKEUP

-HEELS, BOOTS WITH HEELS, FLIP FLOPS, ETC.

 

**JUST REMEMBER, THIS IS KIDZ CHURCH. WE ARE THERE TO CREATE A FUN ATMOSPHERE. HOW WE SHOW UP AND APPEAR WILL EFFECT THAT!

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