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DWELLING  |  February 2020

Dwelling is an e-newsletter created for children’s ministry coordinators, leaders, and teachers like you! You have the amazing privilege of nurturing kids’ faith and showing them what it means to be a follower of Jesus. This e-newsletter gives you the resources to do just that: helpful articles, creative tips, and more.

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Try This at Home: 4 Resources for Lent

Full disclosure: when my children were young their Lent experiences consisted of eating pancakes for supper on Shrove Tuesday and bearing witness to the growing pile of empty Paczki boxes in the recycle bin. I wasn’t really even aware that Lent was “a thing” until I had a conversation with an unusually cranky Catholic friend ten days into her Lenten chocolate fast.

But like many parents I’m interested in increasing my understanding of how I and my family might live into and live out of Lent.

Here are four resources we’ll be using this year:

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Help Kids Count Down to Easter With a Simple Paper Chain

The most confusing season of the church calendar for my kids has always been Lent. The first year that they were old enough to engage this season, I remember them constantly asking, “Is it Easter now?” And we were still only a week in! Last year, I realized the problem: Lent is long.

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2020 Lent Photo Challenge

Are you looking for a creative way to add some spiritual reflection to your daily routine during Lent? Join others across North America by participating in the #CRCLentPhoto challenge. Each day, read a Scripture passage from the Revised Common Lectionary in the list below and contemplate the theme word provided.

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DWELL Story Reflections: Pentecost

Reading the story of Pentecost always reminds me of the book of Exodus. This isn’t a natural connection, I know, but it’s a meaningful one. While we usually think of Exodus as a book about God saving the Isrealites from the Egyptians, that is actually only the first half of the book. The second half deals with the building of the tabernacle, and the book ends with God indwelling the completed tabernacle as we read these words:

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Monthly Tip for Using your DWELL Children’s Resources

Share this tip with your congregation to encourage them to use their Dwell Children’s Resources. You can easily paste this into your bulletin or email it to families.

Schedule it! Life with kids is busy. One way to make sure you’ll get to something is to add it to the family calendar. Schedule a “Dwell review night” on a particular day each week so that this time becomes a part of your regular routine. Work around this night when you structure your week. Plan a simple crockpot meal or leftovers for dinner so you have more time to talk about what your kids explored in Sunday school or children’s ministry.

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