Great Big God
The phrase ‘Great Big God’ started as part of a song idea which Nigel Hemming had one afternoon during the summer of 2000 while walking home from work. Nigel and his wife Jo worked through a number of re-writes until the song ‘Great Big God’ was born. They taught it to the children in their church, and also in the family service, and soon realised that both children and adults were catching hold of the words and melody unusually fast.
Around the same time, Nigel was approached by Vineyard Records UK to co-produce their first UK children’s worship album. The song was recorded and became title track of the album Great Big God, released in September 2001. The following Easter, the song was chosen for use in the all-age worship slot at Spring Harvest – a national worship and teaching event in UK – and it was from here that the song began to spread.
In order to launch the first album, the wider team (which involved a number of creative and talented children’s workers) got together to organise a couple live events with a funky band, games, stories and ministry. For part of the afternoon the children broke down into creative workshops including drumming, dance, songwriting and craft, and having had an opportunity to explore their own talents, they were able to bring everything back together in a big celebration.
Since then, Great Big God has gathered momentum and grown and to date 6 albums and a DVD have been released. The song ‘Great Big God‘ has travelled the world and been sung in churches and schools far and wide.
Nigel Hemming has produced or co-produced all of the Great Big God albums as well as writing a number of the songs including ‘Great Big God‘ which he wrote with his wife Jo in 2000. He is a dynamic worship leader who has led many Great Big God children’s events as well as training a large number of children’s workers. His experience spans over 20 years, including working as a musician and a primary school teacher, and he is passionate about helping children & young people connect with God.
Nigel and Jo now lead the Winchester Vineyard Church having spent many years previously at Birmingham Vineyard . They have three children – Rebekah, Zac and JJ and enjoy among other things takeaways, movies, family bike rides and quiet weekends at home (of which there are precious few!).
All the Great Big God chords and lyrics can be dowloaded for free!
Nigel has recorded 3 videos to help you get started with kids and all age ministry!
Plus we have a handy PDF guide for running your own praise party.