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DWELLING  |  May 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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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 an 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.

None of us remembered talking about (or celebrating!) the story of Pentecost at home.

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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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Everything You Need for An Interactive Series on the Faith Practices

Whether you’re

  • preparing a sermon
  • planning a worship service
  • designing a midweek gathering
  • organizing activities for an intergenerational small group
  • shaping a summer series
  • or seeking an all ages alternative to vacation Bible school

the following resources from the Faith Practices Project have got you covered.

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A Super Fun Way to Help Families Form Faith This Summer

The start of summer provides your church with a wonderful window of opportunity to give families with children faith-forming ideas and the tools they’ll need to try them at home. Make a splash by pouring the contents into something that’s fun—the ultimate symbol of summer, a brightly colored beach pail.

Ready to dive in? Here’s the scoop:

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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.

Hold a family show and tell. At the Imagine and Wonder levels the children’s resource is called a Show and Share paper. Plan a Show and Tell time every Sunday night, asking your child to Show and Tell you 1-2 things about their paper, the story they heard that week, or anything else from their Dwell time.

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