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DWELLING  |  October 2019

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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Five Picture Books that Tell God’s Big Story

As LeVar Burton would remind us, we can go anywhere and be anything if we, “take a look, it’s in a book.” From my days of watching Reading Rainbow, to that magical moment when I learned to read, to spending my evenings poring over picture books with my own kids—I’ve always loved picture books. The combination of the text and pictures brings the story alive in a way words alone cannot. 

As I began teaching Dwell, I wanted to bring God’s Big Story alive in the same way, so I turned once again to my favorite books. Here are five picture books that can help you tell some of the Dwell stories:

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Lectio Divina with Children

Lectio divina (Latin, “divine reading”) is an ancient practice of praying with Sacred Scripture. Its foundation traces back to Origen in the third century. In medieval times, Saint Benedict of Nursia instituted a more formal practice in his religious order, setting lectio divina as a regular part of the monastic tradition.  

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DWELL Digital Testimonial

Dwell Digital is up and running and many churches are excited about the convenience and flexibility it brings to their Sunday school staff and volunteers.

If you’re still deciding if Dwell Digital is right for your church, read how one children's ministry team has been able to make the most of this new feature: 

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The Fine Art of Storytelling

Author Elie Wiesel writes, “God made man because he loves stories.” Perhaps there’s truth in that wonderful statement. I suppose God could have proclaimed the gospel message in twenty-five words or less: “I made you to live in relationship with me. You sinned and broke that relationship. I sent my son Jesus to redeem you.” Instead, God gave us the Bible, a book that proclaims God’s love and faithfulness—story after story.

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A Video Walk-through of DWELL Digital

If you’ve heard about Dwell Digital, you know that it provides Dwell coordinators and leaders with online access to all session plans and leader resources and allows you to share links to individual sessions. For those of you who haven’t yet subscribed and would like to learn more, we’ve created a handy video that walks you through some of the features of the new site and highlights the improvements we’ve incorporated since its launch.

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