has been well received by members of our congregation and has been used
by our children’s ministry. Mary performed a delightful
concert here a few years ago. I attended the concert and was impressed
by her music, her obvious love of children, and her ease of communicating
interacting with them. Our children’s minister tells me that Mary is
a true pioneer in children’s music, forging a trail for other artists."
What a privilege
for me to honor a woman who follows hard after God’s
heart and uses her gifts for His honor and glory. The first time
I met Mary Rice Hopkins was at a Moms In Touch rally. She was asked
to lead the women
in worship. And worship we did.
I hadn’t realized
the full scope of her ministry until she gave me her children’s
videos. I immediately played “In my Garden” for
my grandson, Joshua. It was so captivating that he listened to the whole
video - twice. When he comes to play at grandma’s house, he wants
to see “Mary”.
It has been a wonderful fun way to hide the truth of who God is, His
love and His Word in his precious little heart. Now his little sister, Jessica,
just turned one, loves to listen to Mary. It’s amazing how those tunes
stick in your mind. I caught myself humming the tunes throughout the day.
is a wonderful communicator. She speaks from her heart. She has an urgent
desire to help families stay close and be God centered. She communicates
with sincerity, clarity, and her natural humor engages all ages.
have experienced Mary, you’ll want to again.
Spirit-blessed and happy-hearted,
sheer fun and Savior-centered. This describes exactly the music ministry
of my good friend, Mary Rice Hopkins. When she
starts strumming her guitar and weaving a song, boys and girls can't
help but be caught up in an ecstatic fountain of effervescent praise-filled
I have especially enjoyed watching the way Mary Rice involves everybody.
She has a rare gift of making each child -- even children with severe
disabilities -- feel loved, accepted and, well... part of the gang!
No doubt about it.
I would trust Mary Rice Hopkins with any child anywhere. Why? Because
she touches tender hearts with the truth of the Gospel.
She is a circumspect artist, always keenly aware of her God-given
stewardship over the children who sit at her feet. She possesses the
to, at once, be both wise and winsome. She captivates boys and
girls with her passionate love of the Lord Jesus. And she does it all
message or music -- with on-pitch perfection.
I highly recommend to you and the children you love, my dear friend...
I consider it an honor
to write about Mary Rice Hopkins and her ministry to kids and families.
In 1993, when I took over the
children's programming at WCRF in Cleveland, we had 7 CDs...just 7.
The rest of the music was extremely outdated. Within
a couple of weeks of searching, I found some of Mary's early work
and got it on the air.
Within a couple of months, Mary was on her way to Northeast Ohio for her
first concert. As the years have gone by, Mary has always been accommodating
and available to me as a broadcaster. Her music, whether Scripturally-based,
story-based, or just-for-fun-based, always makes an impact.
In working with some of Mary's
contemporaries, I have seen some wonderful "concerts."
When I work with Mary, it's more like an "interactive" experience.
From the first song to the last, Mary's music draws the audience
in...I said audience...not just kids.
When my children's program
went to national syndication, Mary and her Producer, Denny Bouchard, basically
donated our jingle package...In the broadcast world, that doesn't
happen very often.
In short, Mary's music and musicianship, ministry, ethics, and heart for
the Lord are beyond question. And now, with the addition of her new recording
of some of her favorites in Spanish, she's added a cross-cultural dimension
to her ministry that really makes her unique.
If one is looking for a ministry team member to fill the very unique role
(and you really can't appreciate how unique it is unless you've 'been there'
and 'done that'), they would do well to call upon Mary's experience, heart,
Thanks for letting me tell you about my friend.
Zimmerman, WCRF / Moody Bible Institute, Cleveland, Ohio Community Relations Coordinator & Morning Team www.wcrfradio.org
is an extremely talented lady. She's a daughter, sister, wife,
and mother--but best of all she's a child of the King and is glad to
let people know it. This has prompted her ministry of music for thousands
of children and their families. And it's first-class! I regularly
her songs for use during our nationally-syndicated children's radio
program WE KIDS. Each is Bible-based, Christ-centered, and fits
well with our WE
KIDS message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe Mary would
be a valuable addition to any church or ministry. She loves the
Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart, sings skillfully of and for Him,
and loves youngsters. I recommend her most highly.
you again for the wonderful concert on behalf of Angel Tree and for
words from the platform about the work of Prison Fellowship, and Angel
Tree in particular. The work and endorsement of others in ministry
yourself is important to our efforts to minister to prisoners, ex-prisoners
and their families through the local church.”
“Not only are you wonderfully talented…but all I hear
day and night around the house are Mary Rice Hopkins songs! In fact,
I’ve enclosed the only lullaby that my two-year-old, Laura, will
let be sung…and it has to be sung by Kari, our six-year-old every
Night after night …Week after week …Month after month …”
to write and thank you for the wonderful job you did at our Home
Your music was very well received by the families present. Beyond that,
your message honored Christ and, therefore, added special meaning
Glen L. Schultz, Ed.D,
Manager, Christian and Home School Services
love to go to a Mary Rice Popkins (or, as we know her, Hopkins)
Her songs make me happy inside, but my daddy cries on the Fingerprints
song. I guess he loves it too.”
like your songs. My name is Brooklyn Yoder. I will be seven.
I am in the first grade. I watch your videos. You and your
family are welcome to come for dinner anytime you are in town.”
first became acquainted with Mary Rice Hopkins’ music
ministry because I am a mom with the kids at our church. Mary
has an amazing
gift for sharing the love of our Creator with children. The music
reaches kids at their level without “talking down” to
them, and the hand motions reinforce the lesson so that the message
really sticks. What is even more amazing than Mary’s gift
for children’s ministry is how her music reaches adults
and helps us to “come to the Father as a child.” Unlike
the fans of Frosted Flakes and Tony the tiger, I’m not
a closet Mary fan. I listen to her music by choice when I don’t
even have kids around because it helps me to connect with my
son, Tyler, is severely emotionally impaired. He suffers from
fits of rage that are sometimes uncontrollable …about 2
years ago I first saw your video (“Live in Concert”)
and was exposed to your music ministry. This particular morning,
Tyler was in a very bad way. We managed to get him to church
because I had “Nursery Duty.” We happened to pull
your tape out. My son for the first time sat still and watched
this video from beginning to end. He never moved and seemed happy & content …it
calmed him right down. This was a new concept for us, so I ran
out the very next day and bought this video. It has the same
calming effect every time it’s played …we have practically
wore this tape out, it’s used so much. You have no idea
what a blessing you are to my son and me. Now 2 years later,
Tyler knows all the words and the hand motions to “Live
in Concert.” He calls you the “Guitar Lady.”
“We were at your concert in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My husband and I had
tears running down our faces as we saw our little gift from God singing as loud
as he could with you at the concert. He was so happy. My purpose for this letter
is to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the joy you have brought to
our home. I’m hoping you will share this letter …so others will see
what a difference you are making in people’s lives.”