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DWELLING  |  August 2022

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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3 Simple Ways to Help Families Form Faith at Home With DWELL Flex Family Resources

Announcing our newest component for Dwell Flex users: Flex Family Resources! When Dwell Flex launched in 2020, the goal was to help churches in a variety of settings with resources to meet each church’s specific needs. As the Dwell team worked to create a family faith formation piece to accompany these materials, the goal was the same: to create something that could adapt to a variety of situations.

From this, Flex Family Resources were born. These shareable images and printable pages work with the popular God’s Big Story cards to connect each Dwell Flex session to home. Here are three steps you can take to get these resources to families in your church:

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A Leader’s Guide to DWELL Flex: Everything You Need to Prepare and Lead a Session

Launched in 2020, Dwell Flex is a new multi-age, multi-setting version of Dwell. These simple sessions (samples here) are built to meet the specific needs of churches, whatever the coming year might look like. This post and attached video include some important details leaders will want to keep in mind as they begin using this resource.

Each session includes four simple steps: Breathe, Tell and Wonder, Pray, and Respond:

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Helpful Resources on DWELL’s Leader Support page

Dwell’s Leader Support page is full of helpful information to support Dwell coordinators and leaders as you prepare for another year of children’s ministry. The Downloads section includes all the printable pages for Dwell as well as full-color story symbol files for each level and year. There are also a variety of helpful resources coordinators can share with their leaders including: Age-level Characteristics of Kids and Young Teens, Welcoming Children of All Abilities, and Helping Children Celebrate Diversity.

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The Ultimate Collection of Family Faith Formation Resources for Churches

If you were going to fill a gift basket with the ultimate collection of family faith formation resources for churches, which titles would you include?

The list that follows features the resources tha Faith Formation Ministries gave to each of the churches who joined our Family Faith Formation Cohort (2019), plus a few of our other favorite new titles.

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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.

Store them in your Bible. Tuck the Storymark your grade 4 or 5 child brings home into the family Bible (or ask them to find that week’s passage and stick it there). This will be a helpful prompt for you to look up and read the story together.

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