Nashville, TN (May 5, 2022)
Renowned worship leader, Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter and producer of hundreds of songs sung around the world that make Jesus loud, Yancy (Yancy Wideman Richmond) has authored her first book with the release of Sweet Sound: The Power of Discipling Kids in Worship available now wherever books are sold. Echoing the cry of her heart and ministry, the book was written to help children’s ministry leaders in churches create a rhythm of worship.
Full of prophetic, practical, and power-filled truth, this long-awaited book and highly sought-after resource encompasses Yancy’s life ministry of leading kids into the presence of Jesus by using examples from the life of King David, as well as her own personal experiences. Through Sweet Sound, Yancy is purposed to empower the reader to raise up kids who desire to live a life of worship on a daily basis, not only on Sundays, as they unlock the power of discipling kids in worship.
Challenging those in children’s ministry and church worship to “STOP just doing songs and START leading worship,” Yancy shares the importance of making disciples who know what it means to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.
“I have a dream that one day every church leader will champion worship to happen in the disciples they are making,” says Yancy. “I want to help kids learn the rhythm of running to the Father in everything they go through. If we can begin teaching them that from the time they are young, and give them practice through repetition over the weeks and years ahead, then we will have a generation of adults that understand the importance of their worship to God. One of the ways we taste and see that He is good is by experiencing His presence. Worship is a gateway to that presence. I want to leave kids wanting more of who He is and longing for time spent in the presence of our loving, heavenly Father.”
Yancy shares about her book Sweet Sound: The Power of Discipling Kids in Worship
In Sweet Sound, Yancy gives readers a clear understanding on why worship for kids matters and what Jesus says about it, noting that each person, no matter what age, was designed to praise and that our worship includes the praises of children, which are powerful, beautiful and sweet.
“Can you imagine children singing out, with their whole hearts, praises to their King?” asks Yancy. “It’s quite possibly the sweetest sounds you will ever hear! It matters,” continues Yancy. “Jesus himself said, ‘From the lips of children and infants, you, Lord, have called forth your praise.’ (Matthew 21:16 NIV) Together let’s learn to lift up the sweet sound of praise we were made for!”
Yancy’s hope is to open the eyes of leaders to see what worship should be in our churches and how to set healthy spiritual goals while offering practical pro-tips that have been tested and proven to help leaders plan, evaluate and find success at leading kids worship. Furthermore, the principles in Sweet Sound will show leaders how to cultivate daily disciplines and expressions of worship through power-filled ministry in the church as they raise life-long followers of Jesus.
In addition to Sweet Sound, Yancy just released her newest album April 22 entitled, Out of This World, from her popular Yancy and Friends, Little Praise Party Series, which won her a 2021 Children’s Album of the Year GMA Dove Award for Ready Set Go. This latest music offering for young children, written by Yancy and produced by Stephen Leiweke.