Hi, I’m Chip Kendall, I’m a worship leader, creative pastor, recording artist and speaker. As part of the Transform team, my aim is to be a catalyst for transformation in families, youth, mission and worship, with a focus on launching Soul Children UK – a new youth choir movement. Find out more about Chip.
All of us at Transform Northwest are thrilled to launch 3 brand new Soul Children choirs this September in Warrington, St Helens and Widnes. But we are keen to meet with as many potential choir leaders / facilitators as possible ahead of time, to share the vision and build momentum. To this end, we’d like to invite you to a very special Vision Night where we’ll be discussing the story so far, setting out a clear presentation of the vision and core values, and finally opening the floor for questions, ideas and encouragement!
Next meeting date and venue to be announced – in the meantime why not send us a contact form.
Check out my short video.
Feel free to watch the full 2016 presentation here, but be advised that the movement has grown considerably since this video was made:
Soul Children is a choir movement for children and teenagers aged 10-15 years. What started as a single, independent choir and subsequently a choir concept for young teens, has since become an international movement for multiple age groups.
The Soul Children movement encompasses many different activities. The International Soul Children Festival is held biannually in Oslo. In addition there are choirs for different ages, fundraising projects, workshops, church services as well as local and regional gatherings.
At the heart of this movement is the individual Soul Children choir Because of this, Soul Children is the name of both the local choirs and the movement itself.
The founder of Soul Children, Ragnhild Hiis Ånestad, started the first Soul Children choir in Oslo in March 2001. She had been inspired by, Mr. Walter Whitman’s choir Soul Children of Chicago. Having seen them first-hand and experiencing their motto: “encouraging our youth and providing hope and inspiration in a world filled with challenges and despair”, Ånestad saw a need to similarly encourage and give hope to the youth of the World.
Oslo Soul Children (OSC) became a success with CD releases, television appearances, musical awards and most importantly, changed lives. Inspired by their stories of success, many more local Soul Children choirs began to spring up in churches and congregations across Norway. Oslo Soul Children thus became the movement’s pilot choir.
Those who work with Soul Children identified a special need to find ways to reach young teenagers – the new generation – with the gospel. Children as young as 10-11 years old are part of the movement. Our desire is to take each member seriously, regardless of their age or where they are at in their lives.
Soul Children is growing rapidly, we currently have approximately 400 active choirs around the world, and you can find at least one choir in the following countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, India, Ecuador, Cuba, Chile and the USA – and we will soon be adding the UK to the list.
Vision and Values – Our vision is
”Leading young people to a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ through song and music they can relate to.”
In addition to the vision statement, the Soul Children movement has five core values that serve as the foundation for what we do:
- Glorify God
- Honour people
- Influence society
- See and be seen
- True joy and honesty
Be a Part of the Movement
No matter where you are from, you and your choir are welcome to be part of the Soul Children movement. Although we might be from many different countries, Soul Children has a saying: “We are the Soul Children, we are a family”. Join us today, and become part of an international movement determined to spread the Good News across the earth – and have fun doing so!
We will be launching choirs in St Helens, Warrington and Widnes, use the contact us section to let us know if you might be interested.