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DWELLING  |  December 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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Equip Families By Sharing These Fabulous (and Free!) Dwell Resources

One of the great blessings of the Advent season for my family is that it’s always provided a structure that allows us to succeed at daily family devotions. My kids were pretty young when we first added a daily Advent reading into our Christmas countdown, and I’ll never forget what happened when we came to December 26.

As we finished our normal evening routine of baths and pjs, our kids automatically sat down in our reading spot and expectantly requested our Advent reading. In a total parent fail, we initially said something about Advent being over. Then, realizing that our 2- and 4-year-old were asking us to read them the Bible, we quickly recovered, pulled out their children’s story Bible, and continued reading.

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5 Ways to Practice Hospitality With Kids

If you’ve ever entered a home as a guest and left feeling like you’re family, you’ve experienced hospitality. People who practice hospitality make space for guests, visitors, and strangers, extending to them the privileges of family. God calls all of us to practice hospitality! Here are five ways to cultivate a spirit of hospitality in your kids.

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Using DWELL during
COVID-19

As you prepare for children’s ministry in the coming year, check out our COVID-19 resources page for all the ways that we’re supporting churches during the pandemic. As we’ve connected with DWELL leaders across the continent one thing is for sure: no two churches look the same right now. In considering how to resource our DWELL churches during this season, our goal is to help churches adapt to a variety of situations.

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Advent and Christmas Resources for Use During COVID

This year is a year unlike any other. Knowing that pastors and worship leaders find themselves adjusting worship plans yet again we are assembling a variety of resources to help you from audio recordings and visual images, to liturgies for in home, online, and hybrid worship.

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Putting Christ back into the 12 Days of Christmas

We have an opportunity to engage families in discovering that Christmas is not just December 25th but is a season all on its own, lasting twelve days. As we approach the 12 Days of Christmas, post the following suggestions on your church’s website, in Sunday bulletins, or in fliers for children to bring home.

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