The work of an organist is not always clearly visible. It is a great challenge to familiarize children with the profession of this musician in the ecclesiastical context. This can be done by regularly appointing a child as the “assistant organist” of the (Sun)day.
This project is suitable for children who occasionally or regularly attend church services. For many organists, organ love arose from a kind of temptation on Sunday, when they listened to the organ in the church as a child and were allowed to visit the organ bench. This spark can still be spread to children today. As an organist you can make this a serious task and function: for example, appoint a child once a month as “assistant organist” of the day. This child sits with the organist during the service and is given a special task in the preparations and the conduct of the service.
For example, if you repeat this monthly with another child and a little attention in the church magazine, it will be given a status that you can use to captivate and bind childrens interest for the profession of organist. It’s important to ensure a good follow-up and offer these children a few introductory lessons in a small group. Nowadays “allies”, other children who also enjoy playing the organ, are of great importance.
At least a season is needed for a serious approach.