Why should kids listen to hymns?

Today's post is written by Holy Hen House sponsor Matthew Scott - bassist of church band Koine' There’s magic in hearing your kids sing. Most likely, they’re slightly off key, out of rhythm and they butcher the lyrics, but it’s still magic. I didn’t always appreciate children singing. In fact, when my wife, a teacher, invited me to hear her class sing in church, I couldn’t understand why she would extend an invitation to which I had no personal connection. I was foolish, and this is why.

I am now a father of 3 wonderful girls, all under the age of 5. While they are developing their own interests and personalities, I realize the most fascinating aspect of watching someone grow is seeing how their passions move them. What they choose to learn, repeat and perfect are the things that resonate with them, the things that they hold dear.


I play bass for a band called Koiné. We specialize in arranging traditional Christian hymns with modern instrumentation. So, instead of singing along to Of the Father's Love Begotten or I Am Jesus' Little Lamb accompanied by a pipe organ, we play guitars, keyboards, and drums. I want my girls to know what I do and how I use my gifts to serve the Lord and His church. The effects of all this became very real to me the other day.

I was caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic, very aware that I was going nowhere. My “to-do” list running rampant in my head, I was sweating what I had left to do before getting home to make dinner and get everyone to bed. From the backseat, I hear my two-year old singing In Christ Alone. Not, just the chorus, but multiple verses. “How do you know that whole song?” I am astonished. Thank you little lady for turning my brain back to what really matters.

My kids sing hymns. My kids know hymns. Not just modern hymns like In Christ Alone, but obscure hymns like Amid The World's Bleak Wilderness, or older hymns like Salvation unto Us Has Come. Why is this important? It’s opened opportunities for lessons I don’t know I would have had otherwise.

“Do you know what salvation means?” “Do you know what grace is?”

I’m not saying that listening to hymns alone replaces daily prayer or family devotionals, but it’s definitely been a supplement in my family’s walk with God. I’m thankful these resources have been created. Having CDs for listening at home or on the road has been extremely helpful bridging the gap between people they know from the Bible with more complex concepts of faith: grace, salvation, God’s covenant with us. Their knowledge and repetition of the lyrics gave me an easy opportunity to offer some explanations. Do they understand it all? Not always, but maybe just as they pick up the lyrics and melody through repetition, something will click with them the next time we have a conversation.

Proverbs 22:6 - Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.


Koiné has recorded 7 albums to date. Koiné (Self-Titled), Gesangbuch, Church Bells, The Vine, Visit, Emmanuel Lux and Anno Domini are available for download on iTunes, with CDs available in their online store.

*** Use coupon code HENHOUSE to get $5 off the purchase of a CD. Limit 1 CD per customer. *** Coupon expires May 31, 2015. 

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You can also watch concerts and videos on the band’s YouTube Channel. Find all this and where Koiné will tour next at koinemusic.com.

Koine Christmas Gift Set Giveaway

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We're kicking off Advent with a gift for one of our readers from one of our favorite Christian bands, Koine'. Enter this week to win their newest Christmas CD - Emmanuel Lux, Christmas ornament, and band T-shirt. All of us HHH writers have listened to Koine' during worship (some writers even attend the same church!) and can vouch for their enjoyable take on classic hymns.

Since 2003, Koiné has been touring North America sharing their unique take on familiar Christian hymns.


Church favorites traditionally accompanied by pipe organ are given new life through this indie-rock inspired sextet. Originally formed as a praise band for their home church, the band’s popularity spread quickly allowing its members to perform nearly 200 times each year. To date, Koiné has recorded 6 studio LPs (KoinéGesangbuchChurch BellsAnno DominiThe Vine, and Emmanuel Lux), a live concert DVD (Footsteps to the Cross), and is currently at work on their 7th LP, scheduled for release in Spring of 2014.




While Koiné’s library consists primarily of creative arrangements of hymns, the band has released a handful of original works to an extremely receptive audience. The popularity of songs like, Lord Jesus, You Have Come in Love, I Know of a Sleep, and A Son, Emmanuel, with their ever-growing fanbase, have encouraged Koiné to write and record even more original material, as the band looks towards the future.

Have a listen to "A Son, Emmanuel" below. It is featured on their Emmanuel Lux CD that is included in today's giveaway! Artist Jason Jaspersen created the live sand animation.

Interesting Koiné Facts:

      • For the past 4 years, Koiné has been a full-time band. It’s members have no other jobs with music sales and touring becoming their only source of income.

      • In 2010, Koiné performed over 200 times across the United States, leading worship, performing concerts, and offering “Special Services.” These Special Services combine Scriptural narration, music, and multimedia to present Biblical stories in a whole new musical format. The popularity of these presentations has grown over the past 5 years to include 5 different Christmas presentations, a Lenten, a Tenebrae, and an Easter presentation.

      • Koiné was recently awarded 2013 Christian/Gospel Artist of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry.


Congratulations Corissa N. You won!

What is your ultimate favorite Christmas hymn? Can you choose just one?! It's tough for us too... :)