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DWELLING  |  January 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.

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DWELL’s Children’s Resources: How to Move From Missed Opportunities to Meaningful Conversations

One of my favorite parts of the Dwell curriculum is the beautiful children’s resources that are available for each session. I love the simple activities included and the ways they encourage children to show and share what they’ve learned with their family. But, as a parent, I’ve found it takes just a bit of intentionality to make good use of these wonderful resources.

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5 Ways to Pray With Kids

Prayer is an anytime and anywhere conversation with God—no fancy words required! The five ways to pray listed below are easy and meaningful to do. Use them with your family to encourage ongoing conversations with God. 

1. Keep a prayer journal

Write prayer concerns in a notebook, on a calendar, or on “paper leaves” that you hang from a branch in a vase. Then go back and look at the ways God answers those prayers over time. 

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5 Ways to Help Your Family Grow in Faith

Family faith formation is a journey, not a destination. Here are five ways to grow in faith together with kids (see the attachment for a handy printable version!).

1. Explore God’s Story

If it’s hard to gather the whole family for after-dinner devotions, find other ways and times to explore God’s story together. Read a Bible story at bedtime or while enjoying a special snack.

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DWELL Story Reflections: Simeon and Anna

When Advent, the twelve days of Christmas, and Epiphany have all passed, but I’m not yet ready to let go of the season, I turn to the story of Simeon and Anna to hold on to the mystery and joy of Jesus’ birth for just a little longer. Found in Luke 2:21-38, the often-overlooked story of Simeon and Anna tells of two faithful servants who recognized a Savior in a tiny baby.

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