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DWELLING  |  April 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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A Fabulous (and Free!) Idea to Help Families Celebrate Pentecost at Home

As someone raised in the 1970s by Dutch immigrant parents living in small-town Ontario, I grew up at a time when smoking was encouraged, dancing was forbidden, and at the top of the list of things to fear were The Supernatural and Charismatic Church People. 

Given the above, I guess it’s not that surprising that as a kid the Pentecost story freaked me out. To 10-year-old me, the whole scene sounded like something straight from a horror movie: a group of people are waiting together inside a room; suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind fills the space; flames of fire appear on each person’s head, and everyone begins speaking in tongues. When we prayed to receive the Holy Spirit, I crossed my fingers.

Recently, over Zoom coffee with colleagues, each of whom grew up in a different decade, I  asked about their childhood memories of Pentecost. Their recollections included being afraid that tongues of fire would also land on their heads, having to glue bits of flame-coloured tissue to Pentecost crafts at their Christian school, hearing very serious sermons on the Holy Spirit, and experiencing a different kind of Pentecost horror—arriving at church and discovering that, unlike everyone else, their family had forgotten to dress in red for worship that day.

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Creative, Simple Ways to Make and Use God’s Big Pentecost Story Symbols

One of my favorite things about our DWELL at Home devotionals is all the fun, creative ways you can use the story symbols. This is especially true with God’s Big Pentecost story, as it’s a chance to prepare for an important holy day that we don’t always anticipate as much as Easter or Christmas.

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5 Ways to Celebrate With Your Family

As followers of Jesus, we celebrate to remember and anticipate God’s abundant goodness, creativity, faithfulness, beauty, and love. This practice invites families to cultivate joy with the God who rejoices in us (Zeph. 3:17). Here are five “delight-full” ways to do so.

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Ten Ways to Care for Creation

Earth Day is April 22! Check out this helpful resource from The Office of Social Justice and Faith Formation Ministries for fresh ways to address our call to care for creation. "Ten Ways to Care for Creation" includes ideas such as starting an intergenerational gardening project, holding a storytelling series, and much more!

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At Home Activity: Pentecost Fire Sticks

These simple Pentecost fire sticks are easy to make and would be a perfect way to celebrate this holy day during church on Pentecost Sunday or as you read the devotional in God’s Big Pentecost Story.

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