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DWELLING  |  December 2021

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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5 Ways to Practice Generosity With Kids

Generosity is freely sharing with others the many gifts God has given us, and our God is an abundantly generous God! When we feel gratitude for God’s many gifts to us, that gratitude overflows in generosity. Here are five of God’s wonderful gifts, along with suggestions for how you and your kids can share these gifts generously with others.

1 THE GIFT OF CREATION

God gifted us with an incredible world to care for! Find ways to share it with your kids and help them care for it in service to others. If you have a family garden, share what you grow. Invite others to spend time with your family enjoying nature outdoors. Organize or participate in a neighborhood cleanup; volunteer at an animal shelter. Pick up trash at a local park.

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5 Ways Families Can Explore Waiting and Hope this Advent Season

In my first Advent season working in children’s ministry I brought new meaning to the word “busy.” Not wanting to miss a single memory with my kids, who were 1 and 3, I said yes to everything, desperate to treasure the years when my kids were little. In my eagerness not to miss out on anything, I missed out on the actual meaning of Advent: waiting.

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How to Choose a Children’s Storybook Bible

My office shelves are lined with children’s storybook Bibles. Some feature fabulous illustrations along with thoughtfully written stories rooted in rich theology. Others, not so much. The art in several make the biblical characters look like they’ve just stepped off the cover of a romance novel or off the screen of an animated Disney movie. One concludes each story with a moral lesson for the reader—the story of Solomon building the temple ends with two questions: “What should you do in God’s house? What should you NOT do?” Another one all but eliminates the voices of women in the stories.

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5 Simple Gifts to Celebrate Children’s Ministry Volunteers

When working in children’s ministry, one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season was deciding what little gifts to put together for my volunteers. I usually focused on finding something simple that I thought they would use, and I loved finding a fun gift tag I could attach. Here are five of my favorite volunteer gifts:

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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.

Make them into a book. If your child is in one of the younger levels (Play, Imagine or Wonder), punch a hole in their paper each week and collect them on a ring. Place the collection on your child’s bookshelf to be pulled out regularly as you would any book.

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